For 11 consecutive years, Americans have ranked nursing as the most trusted profession. Nurses are the largest sector of health care professionals, yet are viewed as having the least influence on health policy. The campaign understands that communicating the value of nursing leadership, and forging relationships are critical to providing opportunities. We are collaborating with state, national, and federal entities to further our initiatives. Specifically, the campaign is developing a leadership learning collaborative that facilitates sharing between all states working on leadership; engaging stakeholders to promote nurse leaders; identifying and showcasing nurse-led interprofessional collaboration models in practice that provide nurses with the opportunity to lead change; and engaging diverse nurses and student nurse leaders in the campaign leadership work.Perhaps the best way to understand leadership is to describe what it looks like. While we most often think of leadership at the national, federal and board levels, nursing leadership is also changing health care at the bedside, in practice and in the community. We will showcase stories that demonstrate what nursing leadership looks like at all levels and that offer a guide to nurses at all levels, including those that will be the national, federal and board leaders of the future.
Snapshots of Progress:
- Georgia Action Coalition Sows Nursing Campaign Seeds in Rocky Terrain
- Profiles in Health Care Leadership: Debra J. Barksdale
- Opinion Leaders Say Nurses Should Have More Influence
- VIDEO: Michael Bleich, RN, PhD, MPH, FAAN, Dean, Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing discusses the value nurses bring to board positions