Linda Burnes Bolton, a newly appointed trustee to Case Western Reserve University's Board of Trustees, recently received the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., announced in a February 2007 letter to the university community Burnes Bolton's appointment to the Board of Trustees. She is the vice president and chief nursing officer at Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles. As founder of the recently renamed Geri and Richard Brawerman Nursing Institute at Cedars-Sinai, she oversees 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.
The Lifetime Achievement Award honors an AONE member who is recognized by the broader nursing community as a significant leader in the nursing profession and who has served the organization in an important leadership capacity, demonstrating the qualities of leadership and service to the nursing profession by their professional and personal example. AONE - founded in 1967 - is the nation's leading organization of nurses in executive practice who design, facilitate and manage care. Its mission is to represent nurse leaders who improve health care. Burnes Bolton has been a member of AONE for 22 years.
Her professional experience includes positions as staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, public member of government advisory boards, health care executive, community and public health nurse, university faculty and consultant.
Currently president of the American Academy of Nursing, Burnes Bolton also serves on various national, regional and local health boards and committees, including the National Commission on VA Nursing, the National Black Nurses Foundation Board of Directors, the California Institute for Nursing and Health Care, and the California Nursing Outcomes Coalition Steering Committee. In addition, she serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Nursing, CINAHL Online Nursing Journal of Healthcare Quality, NurseWeek, Nurse Leader, Journal of National Black Nurses Association, Nursing Administration Quarterly and Hispanic Health Care International.
Burnes Bolton is the author of several articles, books, book chapters, videos and audiotapes and is the co-developer of the National Black Nurses Association Community Collaboration Model, a framework for improving community health that is now used in more than 100 U.S. communities.
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