Of the eight recommendations from the 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, two centered on increasing opportunities for nursing to lead. Specifically, the IOM recommended increasing the numbers of nurses in crucial leadership roles, such as on boards and commissions.
The Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC), a national initiative, was formed to count and enlist nurses to serve on boards and commissions. State affiliates of the national organizations forming NOBC are working at the local level to drive the initiative. INDIANA Nurses on Boards Coalition is part of this effort and is working to develop state-level goals. The Indiana Coalition currently includes the Indiana Center for Nursing/Indiana Action Coalition, Indiana League for Nursing, Indiana State Nurses Association, Black Nurses Association of Indianapolis, Inc., Indiana Organization of Nurse Executives, Indiana Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Indiana Association of Hispanic Nurses, Indiana Association of Nursing Students and Sigma Theta Tau International. Additional members will be added to mirror organizations that join the national coalition.