Enabling nurses to lead change: the orientation experiences of nurses to boards.

Journal Article (Journal Article)


Nurses need to be full partners in shaping health care and health care policy. One way to do this is to be present and active on boards at all levels. The purpose of this study is to examine the orientation experiences of nurses to boards and their preparation to influence health care and health care policy.


A Web-based survey about the efficacy of board orientation was sent to members of three local boards made up exclusively of nurses.


Liabilities and fiduciary duties were least likely to be addressed in board orientation for nurses. Board members requested more training in finance and a more formal/structured orientation process.


Standardizing orientation elements for nurses serving on boards would best prepare them to serve on interprofessional hospital boards and work in the health policy arena. The orientation experience on local- and state-level nursing boards is fundamental to nurses beginning board service.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Walton, A; Lake, D; Mullinix, C; Allen, D; Mooney, K

Published Date

  • March 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 63 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 110 - 116

PubMed ID

  • 25771188

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4461041

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1528-3968

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0029-6554

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.outlook.2014.12.015


  • eng