American Nurses Foundation Receives $150,000 Grant to Increase Nurses’ Representation on Boards of Directors (12/17/14)

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December 17, 2014

Jemarion Jones

American Nurses Foundation Receives $150,000 Grant to
Increase Nurses’ Representation on Boards of Directors

SILVER SPRING, MD – The American Nurses Foundation (the Foundation), the philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association (ANA), today announced that the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation (Hillman Foundation) has made a $150,000 grant to fund the Foundation’s work to increase the number of nurses serving on national boards of directors. The American Nurses Foundation’s work is part of a coalition of national nursing organizations working together to increase nurses’ presence on corporate and non-profit health-related boards of directors throughout the country. Marla J. Weston, PhD, RN, FAAN, chief executive officer of ANA and the Foundation, co-chairs the national coalition; Kate Judge, executive director of the Foundation, will co-chair one of the coalition’s work groups focused on board appointments.

“This grant aligns with the Hillman Foundation's commitment to improving lives through nursing. We believe that patients and families will be the ultimate beneficiaries of this important initiative led by the American Nurses Foundation,” said Hillman Foundation Executive Director Ahrin Mishan.

The Hillman Foundation seeks to positively impact lives by spearheading programs to support the next generation of nursing leaders and funding nurse-driven approaches to transforming the cost and delivery of care.

Placing nurses on boards is in alignment with the Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (2011), which recommends nurses play more pivotal roles on boards and commissions in improving the health of all Americans. The Foundation, ANA and the American Academy of Nursing are all founding members of the Nurses on Boards Coalition.

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About the American Nurses Foundation
The American Nurses Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation’s 3.1 million registered nurses through its constituent and state nurses associations and its organizational affiliates. The Foundation supports programs that transform the nation’s health through the power of nursing.