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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is “Oregon Nurses on Boards”?
    • Oregon Nurses on Boards (ONOB) began as an initiative that sought to increase the number of nursing professionals across Oregon who serve on nonprofit, corporate, and governmental boards of directors. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Oregon Center for Nursing, Legacy Health System, OHSU, and the OHSU School of Nursing, ONOB sought to guide health policy and build healthier communities across the state by increasing nurses’ presence on corporate, health-related, and other boards, panels, and commissions. Its goal aligned with a national effort to ensure that at least 10,000 nurses are serving on boards by 2020, as well as to raise awareness that nearly any board can benefit from the addition of a nurse in order to improve health and health care systems at the local, state, and national levels. Though grant funding for this program ended in 2017, the resources, materials and articles live on in our extensive online toolkit. We hope you find it informative and helpful!

  • What is this effort about?
    • ONOB was created in response to the the 2010 Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, which recommended increasing the number of nurse leaders in pivotal roles on boards and commissions that work to improve health in the US. The largest segment of the health care workforce, nurses are consistently identified as the most trustworthy profession in the nation, playing a significant role on the front lines of care in its schools, hospitals, community health centers, long-term care facilities, and more. ONOB believes that communities across the country will benefit when nurses exert more influence on public health- and health care-related decisions.

  • Why is it important to have nurses on boards?
    • Nurses bring a special set of skills to the boardroom: knowledge of finance, communication, quality and process improvement, human resources, strategic planning and management, and patient services skills. They are uniquely qualified to bring their experience and decision-making abilities as integral components of the modern health care system; increasingly, they are sought out for their influence on reducing medical errors, improving patient safety, reducing costs, improving quality of care, and increasing access to health care. If you’re interested in adding a nurse to your board, please click here.

  • How does ONOB define a “board”?
    • The initiative places a high value on all types of board service. It encourages nurses to serve across a wide range of boards available to them, including advisory, nonprofit, private, and public corporate boards, as well as appointments to committees, panels, or commissions. The term is intended to be inclusive.

  • How can I support this effort?
    • The Oregon Center for Nursing is funded with private contributions from foundations, corporations, and individuals. You can make a contribution here. In addition, we invite you to ask your employer to consider including a nurse on its board of directors. If you’re affiliated with a nonprofit, corporate, or governmental agency interested in adding a nurse to its board and would like assistance, please click here.