Board Leadership for Nurses: The First Steps
The Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Future of Nursing report recommends that nurses serve on boards and in other key leadership positions at every level, but getting a board appointment and taking on that responsibility can be daunting. In an article for American Nurse Today, RWJF Senior Adviser for Nursing Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, offers advice for nurses looking to take the first steps toward board service.
Before considering board service, Hassmiller writes, consider creating a personal strategic plan and finding an organization outside your workplace with a mission and issues you support and understand. She suggests starting locally to find opportunities to serve in leadership positions, and building connections outside, as well as within, your profession.
“With activities taking place across the nation to make the IOM recommendations a reality, this may be one of the most exciting times in the history of nursing,” Hassmiller writes. “Make the effort to do the work required to prepare for leadership and to step onto the first rungs of community board service—and beyond.”