“I believe the leaders in hospitals recognize the value of nurses. They know nurses are essential to everyday patient care,” writes David L. Knowlton, president and CEO of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, and a co-lead of the New Jersey Action Coalition, on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Human Capital Blog.

“The nursing role has changed as nurses today run private practices, obtain advanced degrees and prescribing privileges, and run many hospitals as CEOs. The role of nurses has changed faster than the perception of nurses held by too many people on hospital boards. That needs to change, not for the sake of nurses but for the sake of hospitals and all of us as patients.”

Read more of Knowlton’s post, one in a series for the fourth anniversary of the Institute of Medicine’s future of nursing report.