Episode 21: December 5, 2018 - Improving Health - Making an Impact Through Service on Boards

Have you ever thought about improving the health of people by extending and sharing your nursing knowledge and expertise through service on boards? Imagine the impact you could have serving on a nonprofit or a corporate board. INS is helping place nurses on nonprofit, corporate, and government boards, panels, and commissions through the Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC).

NOBC’s mission is to improve the health of communities and the nation through the service of nurses on boards. Key strategies are to ensure that at least 10,000 nurses are members of boards by 2020 and to raise awareness that all boards would benefit from the unique perspectives of nurses. These strategies combined aim to improve patient outcomes as well as achieve efficient and effective health care systems at the local, state, and national levels.

Laurie Benson, BSN

Executive Director of the Nurses on Boards Coalition

Laurie Benson, BSN, is the executive director of the Nurses on Boards Coalition, whose mission is to improve health care in communities across the nation by advancing at least 10,000 nurses to serve on nonprofit, corporate, and government boards by 2020.  She is also a successful co-founder and former CEO of an $80 million technology firm. Laurie has served on 8 corporate boards in the technology, finance, insurance, engineering, manufacturing, and services industries. Additionally, she has expertise and active engagement in health care. 

Kimberly Harper, MS, RN, FAAN

CEO, Indiana Center for Nursing

With nearly 40 years of health care experience, Kimberly Harper, MS, RN, FAAN is chief executive officer of the Indiana Center for Nursing, an organization that unites state-wide nursing education and practice leaders to effect change in the Indiana nursing workforce. In her CEO role she also serves as the nursing co-lead for the Indiana Action Coalition, which serves to implement the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing Report. In addition, Kimberly serves as chair of the board of directors of the national Nurses on Boards Coalition, which unites national nursing organizations toward the goal of improving the health care through the service nurses on nonprofit or corporate, boards. Kimberly demonstrates a strong commitment to bringing voice to the profession of nursing and to preparing tomorrow’s health care professionals.

Guests: 

• Laurie Benson, BSN - Executive Director, Nurses on Boards Coalition
• Kimberly Harper, MS, RN, FAAN - CEO, Indiana Center for Nursing, Lead, Indiana Action Coalition Board Chair, Nurses on Boards Coalition

Abstract:
Have you ever thought about improving the health of people by extending and sharing your nursing knowledge and expertise through service on boards? Imagine the impact you could have serving on a nonprofit or a corporate board. INS is helping place nurses on nonprofit, corporate, and government boards, panels, and commissions through the Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC).

NOBC’s mission is to improve the health of communities and the nation through the service of nurses on boards. Key strategies are to ensure that at least 10,000 nurses are members of boards by 2020 and to raise awareness that all boards would benefit from the unique perspectives of nurses. These strategies combined aim to improve patient outcomes as well as achieve efficient and effective health care systems at the local, state, and national levels.

Resources:

  1. Nurses on Boards Coalition at: https://www.nursesonboardscoal... 
  2. Making an Impact Through Service on Boards. INSider July/August 2018, Volume 1. Issue 4.
  3. https://insprod.personifycloud...

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