2017 Board Service Initiative for Emerging Nurse Leaders

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The Board Service Initiative is being offered for the second year in a row by the Florida Action Coalition with the support of Florida Blue Foundation.  More than ever, boards need strong, strategic contributors who can speak to the health needs of their communities. Up to 30 highly qualified nurses will be selected to participate in a three month course led by an expert in the field. The Board Service class participants will be taught the responsibilities as stewards of organizational board membership as well as the principles of governance that power exceptional boards. Nurses are by the nature of their work continuous learners, adaptive to change, results oriented, have the highest integrity, and are constructive partners. Graduates will be prepared to serve on a policy making board, committee or task force in Florida.

Consistent with the work of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, we are using a broad definition of “board” – a body of elected or appointed members who manage and advise the affairs of an institution, organization or consumer group and participate in setting or recommending policy for said group.

This program embraces diversity and inclusion in nursing in regard to race, ethnicity, gender, age and disadvantaged populations.

Examples of Boards

  • Corporate or industry boards
  • Insurance company boards
  • Hospital or health system boards
  • Philanthropic boards
  • President, governor, major or legislature appointed advisory boards, task forces of positions
  • Citizen-elected boards

Who Should Apply?

  • Nurses with a strong professional commitment for whom nursing is more than a job.
  • Nurses with an interest and capacity to develop robust professional relationships.
  • Nurses with a long term commitment to promote and improve the health of all Floridians.
Apply Online by August 8, 2017!

Requirements to be considered for the 2017 BSI Course

  • Apply on-line through the 2017 Board Service Initiative Application
  • Clear and active or retired nursing license in the State of Florida
  • Area of expertise to be listed on our website after graduation
  • Short essay response for online application
  • Applications due by close of business day: August 8, 2017.
  • Email for questions: andrea.russell@ucf.edu
  • Final Interview for select candidates will by phone, skype, or facetime.

Criteria for Acceptance

  • Individuals who demonstrate an interest in learning and development of skills necessary for board service.
  • Those who have already achieved success in service on policy setting entities are invited to contact us and serve as a mentor.

Expectations of Participants

Selected candidates who accept appointment to the Board Service Initiative will be expected to:

  • Commit to participate in the full program lasting at least until November 18, 2017. Which includes:
    • WebEx: August 22, 8 am – 9:30 am EST
    • WebEx: September 26, 8 am – 9:30 am EST
    • WebEx: October 24, 8 am – 9:30 am EST
    • In Person: November 17, 10 am – 4 pm in Orlando location TBA
    • Online weekly assignments and Discussion Board
  • Commit to participate in continued mentorship of future cohorts.
  • Sign a statement of commitment of completion of board service initiative program.


All applicants will be emailed decision letters by August 14, 2017
All required documents to be considered for the Board Service Initiative should be submitted by the application deadline. In fairness to all applicants, submissions received after the due date will not be considered. Staff will not be able to assist applicants after Monday, August 8th. Florida Action Coalition selection committee will not provide individual critiques of application materials submitted.


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