Twenty Nurse Leaders from Across United States Chosen for Prestigious National Nurse Fellowship

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows program provides leaders with professional development, coaching, education.

    • August 15, 2013

Princeton, N.J.—The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced the 20 nurses from across the country who have been selected as RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows for 2013. These accomplished, diverse nurse leaders will participate in a three-year leadership development program designed to enhance their effectiveness in improving the country’s health care system. 

The RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows (ENF) program strengthens the leadership capacity of nurses who aspire to shape health care in their communities, states, and nationally. Each Fellow receives coaching, education, and other support designed to strengthen their ability to lead teams and organizations that are working to improve health and health care.

The ENF program is based at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), and co-directed by: Linda Cronenwett, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Beerstecher Blackwell Term Professor and former dean of the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and David Altman, PhD, executive vice president of Research, Innovation and Product Development at CCL.

“At this pivotal moment when the country’s health care system is being transformed, we need nurse leaders to help ensure that the changes we adopt improve patient and population health,” Cronenwett said. “Alumni of the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program are a virtual ‘who’s who’ of accomplished nurses, and we know that members of our 2013 cohort will also make enormous contributions to improving health and health care in our country.”

Executive Nurse Fellows hold senior leadership positions in health services, scientific and academic organizations, public health and community-based organizations or systems, and national professional, governmental, and policy organizations. They continue in their current positions during their fellowships, and each develops, plans, and implements a new initiative to improve health care delivery in her or his community.

The full list of 2013 RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows—selected from more than 100 applicants—follows:

  • Susan Apold, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN, dean, health and human services, Concordia College, Bronxville, New York;
  • Colonel Rachel Armstrong, PhD, MSN, MBA, U.S. Army, Northern Regional Medical Command, Fort Belvoir, Virginia;
  • Lynn Babington, PhD, MSN, RN, dean and professor, Fairfield University School of Nursing, Fairfield, Connecticut;
  • Margaret Baker, PhD, RN, associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor, University of Washington School of Nursing Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, Seattle, Washington;
  • Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, FAAN, Tussi and John Kluge professor in contemplative end-of-life care, University of Virginia School of Nursing, Charlottesville, Virginia;
  • Katherine Bechtold, MHA, BSN, senior vice president and chief nurse executive, MultiCare Health System, Tacoma, Washington;
  • Joan Ching, MN, RN, CPHQ, administrative director of quality & safety, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington;
  • Angela Green, PhD, MSN, BSN, director of professional practice, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas;
  • Deborah Green, DNP, RN, CENP, vice president, nursing and patient services, Cone Health System Annie Penn Hospital and Penn Nursing Center, Reidsville, North Carolina;
  • Kristi Henderson, DNP, APRN, FAEN, chief advanced practice officer and director of telehealth, University of Mississippi Medical Center Hospital Administration, Faculty-School of Nursing and Medicine, Jackson, Mississippi;
  • Cheryl Jones, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor and chair, division of health care environments, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina;
  • David Keepnews, PhD, JD, RN, FAAN, associate professor and director of graduate programs, Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY), New York, New York;
  • Erin Maughan, PhD, MS, RN, director of research, National Association of School Nurses, Silver Spring, Maryland;
  • Melinda Noonan, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, assistant vice president for hospital operations and executive director, Rush Children's Hospital, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois;
  • Raymond Phillips, PhD, RN, MS, chief nurse for inpatient nursing and nursing research, Veterans Administration Northern California Health Care System, San Francisco, California;
  • Marcella M. Rutherford, PhD, MBA, MSN, dean, Nova Southeastern University, College of Nursing, Fort Lauderdale, Florida;
  • Susan Schrand, MSN, CRNP, executive director, Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, Jenkintown, Pennsylvania;
  • Marni Storey, BSN, MS, interim director, Clark County Public Health and 2013 Chair-Elect, Association of State and Territorial Public Health Directors, Vancouver, Washington;
  • Janis Sunderhaus, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, chief executive officer, Health Partners of Western Ohio, Lima, Ohio; and
  • Yvonne VanDyke, MSN, RN, vice president, nursing education and administrator, Clinical Education Center Brackenridge, Seton Healthcare Family, Austin, Texas.

The fellowship is supported through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

For more information about the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program visit www.ExecutiveNurseFellows.org.

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable, and timely change. For more than 40 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.

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