Burnes Bolton is vice president for nursing, chief nursing officer and director of nursing research at Cedars- Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Her areas of research, teaching, and clinical expertise include nursing and patient care outcomes, improving organization performance, quality care, and cultural diversity within the health professions. Burnes Bolton is co-investigator of the Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes research team. She is a past president of the American Academy of Nursing and the National Black Nurses Association, and has provided leadership for several state and national programs, including service as chair of the National Advisory Committee for Transforming Care at the Bedside, VA Commission on Nursing, and the California AHEC Health Professions Committee. Currently Burnes Bolton serves on multiple nursing and health services advisory boards and is a trustee of the Case Western University board. In 2009 she was appointed vice chair of the Institute of Medicine Commission on the Future of Nursing. Burnes Bolton is the recipient of numerous awards for her scholarly work and community service.