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Oregon Nurses on Boards

The Oregon Nurses on Boards (ONOB) was a grant-funded initiative, supported by the Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN) in conjunction with the Oregon Action Coalition (OAC). It was created through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, with additional support from the Oregon Center for Nursing, Legacy Health System, Oregon Health and Science University, Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing, and Dana Bjarnason, PhD, RN, NE-BC.

The ONOB program had a single aim: to significantly raise the number of nursing professionals across Oregon who serve on nonprofit, corporate, and governmental boards. This goal aligned with a national effort, created in response to the 2010 Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, which encouraged nurses to pursue leadership roles. This initiative also supports the national Nurses on Boards Coalition, which seeks to place at least 10,000 nurses on boards by the year 2020.

Besides supporting the ONOB initiative, the OCN facilitates research and collaboration for Oregon’s nursing workforce to support informed, well-prepared, diverse, and exceptional nursing professionals. Its strategic objectives are to:

Conduct, analyze and disseminate research

Conduct Research

Conduct, analyze and disseminate research



Promote collaboration and build partnerships with diverse stakeholders to advance nursing



Promote nursing and healthcare in all settings in which nurses practice

The OCN is funded with private contributions from foundations, corporations, and individuals. To learn more, click here.

A Nurse Serving on a Board