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 2012. This diverse group will participate in a three-year, world-class leadership development program that is enhancing nurse leaders’ effectiveness in improving the nation’s health care system. They join more than 200 nurse leaders who have participated in the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program since it began in 1998.
The RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows (ENF) program strengthens the leadership capacity of nurses who aspire to shape health care locally and nationally. Each fellow receives coaching, education, and other support to strengthen their ability to lead teams and organizations that are improving health and health care.
The ENF program is located 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.
“Now more than ever, with our health care system preparing to care for millions more patients, many of whom are living longer but with more chronic conditions, we need nurse leaders who are well prepared to participate as full partners in this historic transformation,” Cronenwett said. “The RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program has a proud history of building and enhancing the leadership skills of extraordinary nurses all across the country. We are delighted to be able to work with this new cohort. Each of our new Executive Nurse Fellows has made a powerful commitment to improving health and health care and is poised to become an even more effective leader.”
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, during which each fllow develops, plans and implements a new initiative to improve health care delivery in her or his community.
The 20 newly selected RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows—selected from approximately 150 applicants—are:
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.
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