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Nurse On Board

It is recognised that there needs to be senior nurse representation on the boards of healthcare providers. However, many senior nurses are not exposed to board experience until they hold the position of chief nurse or an executive director of nursing

It is recognised that there needs to be senior nurse representation on the boards of healthcare providers.

However, many senior nurses are not exposed to board experience until they hold the position of chief nurse or an executive director of nursing.

This book gives a comprehensive account of the role of nurses on boards, including voluntary, company and hospital boards, in the US. However, readers will recognise similar board structures in the UK.

The underlying theme of the book is the need for nurses to join boards because they have extensive experience of the profession. The author states that nurses avoid taking up board appointments for a variety of reasons, and suggests ways to address these concerns. This advice is underpinned by contributions of people who have held a range of board roles.

The text advises nurses to prepare well before accepting a board appointment and to recognise their strengths and weaknesses. However, nurses should not underestimate their value to any board.

A chapter on being a board member describes the skills that nurses need to consider. The author also emphasises the need for effective networking, which is essential for professional development.

While this book provides thoughtful advice and information, I would recommend that nurses who aspire to sit on boards should observe them in action, as well as obtaining coaching and mentoring support before and during a board role.

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