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  1. Cherry, Barbara DNSc, MBA, RN, NEA-BC
  2. Caramanica, Laura PhD, RN, CNE, CENP, FACHE, FAAN
  3. Everett, Linda Q. PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, FAONL
  4. Fennimore, Laura DNP, RN, NEA-BC
  5. Scott, Elaine PhD, RN, FNAP


Nurses who aspire to lead a professional nursing organization can significantly influence the future of the nursing profession. This article describes 4 essential responsibilities required in a board leadership position as identified by a group of nurse leaders who have each served as the board president of a national or international professional nursing organization.