“Getting 10,000 nurses on corporate and non-profit health-related boards of directors by the year 2020 is the goal of the new Nurses on Boards Coalition, comprised of 21 national nursing associations and led by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AARP.

Nurses know what needs to be done to make care safe, accessible and cost effective. They also know how to help consumers stay healthy in the first place,”
— Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, Senior Adviser for Nursing, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Co-Director, Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action.


The goal of Nurses on Board is to increase nurse participation on boards by 2020. Texas Healthcare Trustees (THT) is collaborating with Texas Team to set a goal of nurses to be trained in governance through Nurses on Board. In collaboration with the national chapter of the Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC) we hope to improve the health of communities and the nation through the service of nurses on boards and other bodies. All boards benefit from the unique perspective of nurses to achieve the goals of improved health and efficient and effective health care systems at the local, state and national levels. Learn more about this effort and the Nurses on Boards Coalition here.

We hope you will share information about your board membership and interest in future service so we can compile a national database of nurses serving on boards and can ultimately help connect nurses with boards.

The national goal is to ensure that at least 10,000 nurses are on boards by 2020. To record your board participation visit: http://nursesonboardscoalition.org/



Nursing is consistently ranked as the nation’s most trusted profession. Nurses are the largest group of health care professionals and spend more time with patients than any other type of provider. But relatively few occupy positions of influence in the health care system and in society.  “Without a nurse trustee, boards lack an authority on the patient experience, quality and safety, and the largest part of the hospital workforce,” Trustee Magazine, a publication of the American Hospital Association, wrote recently.

A key recommendation of the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) landmark report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, is for the nursing profession to “produce leaders throughout the health care system, from bedside to boardroom, who can serve as full partners with other health professionals and be accountable for their own contributions to delivering high-quality care while working collaboratively with leaders from other health professions.”

Nurses on Board is one of several efforts across the nation to address this gap, spearheaded by Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a joint initiative of AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Campaign for Action is working to implement the IOM’s evidence-based recommendations on the future of nursing. Nurses on Board is a joint initiative of Texas Team Action Coalition of the Campaign for Action and Texas Healthcare Trustees (THT).



What We Have Accomplished.

  • The first Nurses on Boards workshop was held on Thursday, July 24, 2014 in Dallas, Texas to train top level nurses.
    The workshop included an assessment of the nurses leadership strengths, governance training, information on serving as a health care advocate and evaluation of materials to be presented to future Nurses on Board sessions.



Texas Team is thrilled to announce another opportunity to participate in the Texas Team Nurses on Board (NOB) statewide cohort being held on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at:

Grand Hyatt Riverwalk
600 E. Market Street
San Antonio, Texas, USA, 78205

Texas Team is looking for innovative and dynamic nurse leaders with varied educational and professional backgrounds to continue to advance the IOM Future of Nursing Recommendations through service on governance boards. The expectation is that all cohort participants will pursue board placement within 6-12 months after completion of the cohort training. Cohort participation includes ongoing mentorship and webinars.

Participants interested in applying must submit a self-nomination form, CV or resume, and professional picture (JPEG format). All complete nominations should be sent via email to the following:

Contact Person: Dr. Minerva Gonzales, Co-Lead, Nurses on Board
Statewide Cohort: texasteamnursesonboard@gmail.com

Texas Team NOB cohorts are held for an entire day from 8am-5pm and participants are expected to cover their own travel expenses and to make their own travel arrangements. All costs associated with the actual cohort training are covered by grant funds from the Foundation for the National Student Nurses Association (FNSNA) made possible through Texas Team fundraising efforts.


For further information regarding future exciting opportunities, please contact Diana Ruiz, DNP, RN, CWOCN, NE-BC, CHW at DHuerta@echd.org or 432-640-2383.