While patients are the ultimate focus and purpose of what we do and nurses make up the majority of the care that is provided to them, the voices of nurses are almost absent from the conference tables of the Boardrooms and Committees that direct decision-making on patient care.
Doctors fill 20% of the board seats while nurses fill only 6%. The voices of doctors are important, but nurses and patient advocates seem to be holding a smaller number of seats at the table as compared to the impact they have on the care of patients.
This is why Nursing Trustees are so important and could be a great opportunity for those of us wishing to make an overall impact on the way that healthcare is practiced throughout the community.
Whether this reality is just confusion or an unintentional misunderstanding-our voices and input are not being sought, and we as nurses, must start speaking up and playing a larger role in the high-stakes world of healthcare leadership.
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