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Blog spotlight: Study: Board of directors missing nurses

Nurse Leader Insider, April 19, 2010

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In 2009, the University of Iowa conducted a study reviewing 201 health systems with a total of 2,046 voting board members and discovered that only 2.4% were nurses. This number comes as a bit of a surprise, as the study also found that 22% of the voting board members were physicians.

To add to the data, Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) senior adviser for nursing and director of the RWJF Initiative on the Future of Nursing at the Institute of Medicine conducted a study of her own. She looked at the top 10 organizations that oversee quality, the top 10 hospitals and health systems, and the top 10 peer-reviewed non-nursing journals, and counted how many nurses were on the board of directors.

To Hassmiller’s dismay, she only found 2% to 4% of board spots held by nurses.

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