Future of Nursing 2030 Draft Action Plans:

Promoting Nursing Leadership

For our nation to be its healthiest, nurses should serve in leadership positions.


Goal and Impact

Nurses offer a unique perspective on consumers, families, and communities. That is why nurses at all levels need to recognize the value of their distinctive knowledge and be trained for leadership roles, while community organizations, business leaders, and health care providers need to understand the crucial insights nurses bring. The community and consumers alike benefit when nurses take on leadership roles in full partnership with physicians and other health professionals. Bringing nurses to the table is essential to address health disparities and realize health equity.


To improve the health of communities and the nation, national organizations collaborated to form the Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC) with a goal of ensuring placement of 10,000 nurses on boards and other influential bodies by 2020. The NOBC, which includes conveners AARP, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and 19 nursing organizations, is a direct response to the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation that nurses play a more pivotal role as decision-makers on boards and commissions.

In addition, most of the Campaign’s Action Coalitions have leadership or mentorship programs. In 2014, the Campaign introduced Culture of Health: Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing, a scholarship program that has selected 20 nurses so far to attend intensive training at the Center for Creative Leadership. Also, the Campaign’s Champion Nursing Coalition, comprising large national companies, has increased from 10 to 50 the number of nurses on the boards of its member organizations.

This graph is a part of the Campaign for Action Dashboard, a series of charts and graphs that show goals by which the Campaign evaluates its efforts to implement recommendations in the Institute of Medicine’s The Future of Nursing, Leading Change, Advancing Health.


  • Percentage of hospital boards with RN members


  1. Nurses Can Help Defeat Health Misinformation

    An article in American Nurse Journal challenges nurses to take an active role in combatting more

    Issues: Building Healthier Communities,   Promoting Nursing Leadership,  

  2. Tennessee 40 Under 40 Nurse Leader Program
    Request for Nominations for 2022 Cohort

    Deadline Extended to March 1, 2022 As members of the United States’ most trusted more

    Issues: Promoting Nursing Leadership,   Locations: Tennessee,  

  3. Handling Future Crises Requires Bold Action

    When the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) began its Future of Nursing 2020-2030 study in 2019, more

    Issues: Building Healthier Communities,   Promoting Nursing Leadership,   Locations: National,  

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  1. NOBC Action Coalition Representation

    Mar 03, 2022

    The mission of the Nurses on Boards Coalition is to improve the health of communities 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 more

    Issues: Promoting Nursing Leadership, Tools & Tips: Action Coalition Resources,

  2. Dashboard Secondary Indicators

    Mar 03, 2022

    Below are links to secondary indicator graphics that provide further support for each goal represented within the Dashboard. These are updated twice per year and were last updated in March 2022. Indicator 1: Education—Increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate more

    Issues: Collecting Workforce Data, Fostering Interprofessional Collaboration, Improving Access to Care, Increasing Diversity in Nursing, Promoting Nursing Leadership, Transforming Nursing Education, Tools & Tips: Dashboard Indicators, Milestones, Location: National,


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