Nurses on Boards Coalition Announces Capella University as Founding Strategic Partner

SILVER SPRING, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#capellaproud–The Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC), an organization committed to
building healthier communities through the service of nurses on all
types of boards, has announced today that Capella University has become
a founding strategic partner.

NOBC’s intent is to ensure that at least 10,000 nurses are on boards by
2020, as well as to raise awareness that all boards would benefit from
nurses’ unique perspectives to achieve improved health and efficient and
effective health care systems at the local, state and national levels.
NOBC was created in response to the landmark 2010 Institute of Medicine report
on the need for nurses to take a greater role in America’s
increasingly complex health care system.

“We join our colleagues at the Nurses on Boards Coalition to support
advocacy for the appointment of nurses to the highest level of
governance in health care organizations and policymaking bodies,” said
F. Patrick Robinson, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the School of Nursing and
Health Sciences at Capella University. “We are honored to support NOBC
and its efforts to improve health and the quality and efficiency of our
health care system.”

“NOBC is pleased to partner with Capella University to provide greater
reach to nurse leaders as they consider and prepare for board service.
Their innovative approaches to education will provide new ways for nurse
leaders to prepare and contribute as valuable board members on all types
of boards,” said Kimberly J. Harper, MS, RN, CEO, Indiana Center for
Nursing; nursing lead, Indiana Action Coalition-National Future of
Nursing Campaign for Action; and NOBC national co-chair.

“We are proud to partner with our colleagues at Capella University to
advance our shared goals to improve health in communities across our
nation, by advancing more nurse leaders to serve on boards,” said Marla
Weston, PhD, RN, FAAN, CEO, American Nurses Association and NOBC
national co-chair.

The Capella University founding strategic partnership will make a
significant and essential contribution to NOBC’s efforts to improve
health in communities across the nation

About the Nurses on Boards Coalition
The Nurses on Boards
Coalition (NOBC) represents national nursing and other organizations
working to build healthier communities in America by increasing nurses’
presence on corporate, health-related and other boards, panels and
commissions. The coalition’s goal is to improve the health of
communities and the nation through the service of nurses on boards and
other bodies, ensuring that at least 10,000 nurses are on boards by
2020. For more information, visit

About Capella University
Capella University (
is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Founded in 1993, the
university is dedicated to providing flexible, professionally aligned
online degree programs designed to help working adults advance in their
careers. As of Dec. 31, 2016, 37,800 students were enrolled in Capella’s
bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and certificate programs. Known for its
commitment to learner success, academic quality and innovations in
online education, Capella pioneered competency-based direct assessment
programs, allowing students to learn at their own pace. For more
information, call 1-888-CAPELLA (227-3552).


Media Contacts:
Nurses on Boards Coalition
Patricia Epstein,
Alicia Amling, 612-977-4836