Nurse on Board

Planning your path to the boardroom

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.

Extensive experience

The underlying theme of the text is the need for nurses to join boards because of their 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 factors. This advice is underpinned by contributions from people who have held a range of board roles. 

The author advises nurses to prepare well before accepting a board appointment and to recognise their strengths and weaknesses. However, nurses should not underestimate the contribution they can make.

Board member

The book describes the skills nurses need to possess if they become a board member, and emphasises the need for effective networking, which is essential for professional development.

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

Connie Curran | Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing  300pp | £30 | ISBN: 9781938835926

Reviewed by Steven Beaumont, chief nurse at NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group


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