Encouragement: The key to increasing the number of nurses serving on boards.
Nurses have a lot of knowledge about health and health systems but are not yet adequately represented on boards and commissions that influence health and healthcare in our country. The majority of nurses are women and the hesitancy of women to seek board and elected positions are well documented. The purpose of this statewide survey of nurses was to ascertain the political engagement of nurses and their identified barriers to service. The nurses in our sample were more politically engaged than the state as a whole and 40% reported willingness to consider or pursue a board or elected position. The primary barrier was a lack of confidence that their appointment would be supported. While there were some differences by age of the respondents, time, money, and family responsibilities were also identified as barriers to seeking board and elected positions. Our results underscore the need to socialize and encourage nurses to serve in positions that influence health and healthcare in our country.
Walton, AL; McLennan, D; Mullinix, CF
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