Nurse Leaders Selected for Prestigious National Fellowship to Improve Health Care

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows program now includes fellows and alumni from 46 states.

    • June 22, 2009

A national fellowship program focused on expanding the role of nurses to lead change in the U.S. health care system has named its 2009 cohort of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows. Twenty nurses, selected from among the top nursing leaders nationwide, will join more than 200 nurse leaders who have participated in the program since 1998. With nurses from Oklahoma and Rhode Island, two states new to the program, the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows network now extends across 46 states. 

The three-year fellowship program provides extensive leadership development for nurses in executive roles in public or community health, science and research, corporate health, academia, government, or military health service. Fellows remain in their current positions while they receive training and mentoring, and while they manage their own health care initiative. A key part of program participation is the development of an innovative new initiative to improve health care delivery, which fellows plan and implement in their community. 

“Nurses provide a unique perspective in the health care system, understanding both the patient experience and the way policies and procedures affect health outcomes,” said Marilyn P. Chow, D.N.Sc., R.N., F.A.A.N., the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows national program director.  We are excited for the unique opportunity that our fellows have. They will be able to utilize the skills they develop in our program to participate in the national discourse on health reform.”

The 2009 RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows are:

  • Julee Bolg, M.S., M.B.A., N.E.-B.C., director of patient services, satellite network for the Children’s Health Corporation, Boston
  • Janie Lee Canty-Mitchell, Ph.D., R.N., associate dean for research and community partnerships at the University of North Carolina Wilmington School of Nursing, Wilmington, N.C.
  • Stephen Cavanagh, Ph.D., M.P.A., R.N., professor and associate dean, Wayne State University College of Nursing, Detroit
  • Lynne Dunphy, Ph.D., F.N.P., B.C., Routhier Chair and professor of nursing, University of Rhode Island in Kingston, R.I.
  • Lorraine Frazier, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., professor, University of Texas Health Science Center Nursing Systems, Houston
  • Mary Ellen Glasgow, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.S., associate dean, undergraduate programs, Drexel University, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Philadelphia
  • Mary Beth Kingston, M.S.N., N.E.A.-B.C., chief nurse executive, Albert Einstein Healthcare Network Administration, Philadelphia
  • Josefina Lujan, Ph.D., R.N., regional dean and associate professor, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Anita Thigpen Perry School of Nursing, El Paso, Texas
  • Margo MacRobert, M.S., R.N., C.C.M., N.E.A.-B.C., assistant dean and executive director of the Institute for Case Management, University of Oklahoma College of Nursing, Oklahoma City
  • Rosalie Mainous, Ph.D., A.R.N.P., N.N.P.-B.C., associate dean for graduate academic affairs, University of Louisville Foundation in Louisville, Ky.
  • Julie Myhre, M.S., R.N., director, Carlton-Cook-Lake-St. Louis Community Health Board, Duluth, Minn.
  • Lisa O’Connor, M.S., R.N., N.E.A.A.-B.C., vice president of nursing, Boston Medical Center, Boston
  • Shirley Orr, M.H.S., A.R.N.P., N.E.A.-B.C., director of local health, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Office of Local and Rural Health, Topeka, Kan.
  • Cecilia Page, M.S.N., R.N., F.A.C.H.E., director of Clinical Informatics and Project Management Office, University of Kentucky Healthcare, Lexington, Ky.
  • Suzanne Prevost, Ph.D., R.N., associate dean for practice and community engagement, University of Kentucky, College of Nursing, Lexington, Ky.
  • Elias Provencio-Vasquez, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., F.A.A.N.P., associate professor, University of Miami, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Coral Gables, Fla.
  • Cindy Reistroffer, M.B.A., R.N., N.E.-B.C., director, Spectrum Health Hospitals, Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Charleen Tachibana, M.N., R.N., senior vice president, hospital administrator and chief nursing officer, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle
  • Barbara Wadsworth, M.S.N., M.B.A., N.E.C.-B.C., senior vice president for patient services and chief nursing officer, Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, Pa.
  • Barbara Wolfe, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.S., F.A.A.N., associate dean for research and professor, Trustees of Boston College School of Nursing, Chestnut Hill, Mass.

The fellowship is supported through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and matching funds from each of the fellows’ home institutions or sponsoring organizations.


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