Wednesday January 24th 2018

Foundation Corporate Advisory Board adds strength to mission

Throughout its history, the American Nurses Foundation has received support from many organizations, both large and small, that share its belief in the power of nursing. In recent years, the Foundation has sought to develop new strategic partnerships with individuals, institutions and leaders in health care. As a result, the Foundation has formed relationships such as the Nurses on Boards Coalition to support nurses seeking board leadership, partnered with academic institutions to develop new tools like the PTSD toolkit and worked with celebrated filmmaker Carolyn Jones to elevate the voice of nurses and raise money for the American Nurse Scholarship Fund. These partnerships continue to be essential to accomplishing the Foundation’s mission of transforming the nation’s health through the power of nursing.

In 2014, the Foundation took another major step in developing strategic partnerships by creating a corporate advisory board. The board brings together supportive organizations to discuss developments in the evolving health care landscape and provides a platform for them to share their outlook on key developments and influences. The advisory board members work together to identify trends, discuss policy and lay the foundation for future collaboration that will benefit nurses, patients and health care.

By June 2015, Stryker Medical, Wolters Kluwer Health, Avantas, Medline Industries, McKesson, BioIQ, Kronos Incorporated, Merck & Co. and Pfizer had joined the Foundation’s Corporate Advisory Board. The Foundation convened the first meeting of the advisory board, at which thought leaders from each company engaged with American Nurses Association leaders around the issues and opportunities that we collectively face in the evolving health care landscape.

Since June, the Foundation has welcomed two new members: Epic Systems and IBM Healthcare. We look forward to continuing our work with this growing group of organizations to make a positive impact and elevate the voices of nurses everywhere.

Our corporate partners are enthusiastic supporters of some of the Foundation’s existing programs and projects. For example, Stryker Medical continues to be a long-time, major supporter of the Nursing Research Grants program, while Wolters Kluwer Health has been the underwriter of the Foundation’s “Honor a Nurse” campaign.

Corporations may choose to support the Foundation as part of their business priorities, but the reasons for their involvement are often personal as well. Chief Nursing Officer of Medline Industries Martie L. Moore, MAOM, RN, CPHQ, said, “I watched many times as nurses sacrificed their own health to ensure the health and well-being of others. It is important that we care for the caregivers.

“Think about 3.4 million nurses making a decision to do one action to improve their health,” said Moore, an ANA-Illinois member. “The power of that action can fundamentally change the status of health in America. Who does not want to be a part of that action?”

To learn more about the Foundation, visit www.givetonursing.org.

— Nick Blencowe is the corporate and foundation relations manager at the American Nurses Foundation.

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