RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows Program Issues Call for Applications; Webinar for Applicants November 2nd

Prestigious Three-Year Program Provides Leadership, Professional Development For Nurses to Lead Change in Health Care System

    • October 29, 2012

Greensboro, NC–The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellows program has released the Call for Applications for its 2013 cohort. The highly competitive, three-year, world-class leadership development program will award up to 20 fellowships to nurses who aspire to lead teams and organizations working to improve health and health care locally and nationally. They will join more than 200 nurse leaders who have participated in the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program since it began in 1998.

During their fellowships, Executive Nurse Fellows receive coaching, education and other support to position them to lead change in the United States health care system. Major components of the program include an advanced leadership curriculum, intensive executive coaching, team-based action learning projects, individual projects, and individual leadership development activities. Fellows continue in their current positions during the time they participate in the program, and in their last year, develop, plan and implement a new initiative to improve health care delivery in their communities.

The program is open to registered nurses who hold senior leadership positions in health services, scientific and academic organizations, public health and community-based organizations or systems, corporations, or national professional, governmental and policy organizations. Candidates with racial, ethnic or gender diversity or with diverse leadership backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

The deadline for receipt of applications is January 15, 2013 at 3 p.m. ET.

Interested applicants can learn more in an optional informational application web conference on November 2, 2012 at 1 p.m. ET. Participants must register in advance at the program’s website, An archived edition of the conference will be available on that website at a later date.

The RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows 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.  

“The RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program has a proud history of enhancing the leadership skills of extraordinary nurses all across the United States,” Cronenwett said. “Our alumni are a ‘who’s who’ of accomplished nurses, and we’re always excited to new nurses to the program. Our goal is to support nurse leaders with potential to develop innovative ways to improve health and health care in this country.”

Download the Call for Applications here.
Register for the November 2, 2012 web conference here.
For more information about the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program visit:

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