Prepare and Pursue Board Opportunities

A Practical Guide for Nurse Leaders to Serve on a Board

Kimberly A. Cleveland, JD, MSN, RN, C-MBC, C-MPC; Kimberly J. Harper, MS, RN, FAAN


Nurs Econ. 2020;38(2):94-97. 

In This Article

Abstract and Introduction


Getting started as a nurse leader on a board is a matter of using familiar skills of planning, managing, navigating, and building healthcare solutions. Once adequately prepared for board service, nurse leaders usually find a great deal of intrinsic value gained through the dedication of their time, talent, and treasure to a cause that closely matches their values and interests.


Nurses belong everywhere decisions are made. Since the 2010 Institute of Medicine report recommended nurses bring their unique disciplinary voice to the board table, over 7,000 nurses have registered their board service with Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC) (n.d.). The number of nurses interested in board service continues to grow. Nurses often question whether they are ready to serve on a board and how they can gain confidence to fuel that first board application. The purpose of this column is to provide a practical guide to empower nurse leaders in seeking board service.