March 06, 2007

New member added to Case Western Reserve University's Board of Trustees

Linda Burnes Bolton is vice president and chief nursing officer at Cedars-Sinai Health System and Research Institute in Los Angeles

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CLEVELAND – Renowned nursing educator, researcher and administrator Linda Burnes Bolton, who over the last 20 years has played a vital leadership role in raising issues of diversification in nursing education and practice, was appointed to the Case Western Reserve University Board of Trustees at its February 2007 board meeting.

Currently president of the American Academy of Nursing, Burnes Bolton is vice president and chief nursing officer of Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles. In that role she is responsible for administrative nursing practice, nursing and health care research, nursing and allied health education, patient education and nursing performance improvement. She serves on several national boards and committees, including the National Black Nurses Association and the American Organization of Nurse Executives, which recently presented her with its 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award. The AONE Lifetime Achievement award honors a member who is recognized by the broader nursing community as a significant leader in the nursing profession and who has served AONE in an important leadership capacity.

She also is founder of the recently renamed Geri and Richard Brawerman Nursing Institute at Cedars-Sinai, overseeing development of educational programs in collaboration with nursing schools to increase the supply of nurses, supports research and innovation to improve clinical outcomes, and creates outreach programs to inform students about careers in nursing. Her primary research focuses on women’s health, health policy and organizational development.

“Service to her community, profession and to her country is an ideal that Case Western Reserve University strives to instill in its students. Linda Burnes Bolton has provided extraordinary service to her country in advancing the profession of nursing and serves as a role model of what it is to be a socially responsible corporate citizen,” said interim Case Western Reserve University president Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D.

Burnes Bolton has also taken an active leadership role in groundbreaking nursing initiatives such as Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB), a national program to improve patient care created and sponsored by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She serves as chair of the National Advisory Committee.

Her professional experience includes positions held as a staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, public member of government advisory boards, health care executive, community and public health nurse, university faculty and consultant. She holds a graduate faculty appointment at California State University-Los Angeles and has helped that university’s department of nursing implement an onsite program at Cedars-Sinai. In this program, the Medical Center provides classroom space and faculty salaries, allowing the university to increase nursing enrollment and expand its visibility into the west side of Los Angeles.

In 2000, her division at Cedars-Sinai was designated as a Magnet Nursing Service by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the highest award given to hospitals by the nursing profession. She also was among the 12 individuals featured on Aetna Insurance Company’s 2003 African American History Calendar, which also featured May L. Wykle, dean and Florence Cellar Professor at Case’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

She actively recruits and supports minority candidates for admission into graduate nursing programs. She also has mentored three Hispanic and five African American doctoral students in the University of California system. Author of several articles, books, videos and audiotapes, Burnes Bolton also has served on congressional panels that provided recommendations for funding for nursing. She also was the first African American to graduate from the Arizona State School of Nursing.

Case Western Reserve University is governed by the Board of Trustees, a 36-member group that includes 31 alumni. Members provide oversight, direction and support to the university's physical and financial assets and enhance its long-term welfare, as well as counsel and leadership to the university.

Posted by: Kevin Adams, March 6, 2007 09:43 AM | News Topics: Trustees

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