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Executive Nurse Fellows Leading the Way to Implement the Institute of Medicine’s Nursing Recommendations

Oct 10, 2013, 9:00 AM, Posted by Victoria Niederhauser

Victoria Niederhauser, DrPH, RN, PNP-BC, is dean and professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Nursing, an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellows program, and a director of the program’s Alumni Association.


One of the greatest impacts the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) report on the future of nursing has had is to provide a national actionable platform for RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow (ENF) alumni to put into action their collective leadership skills and attributes to improve health and health care across the nation.


The RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow alumni are 221 individuals strong and together they use skills in strategic agility, leading change, effective communication, creativity, and risk-taking to create sustainable models of Action Coalitions throughout the country. Through these Action Coalitions, the future of nursing is changing!

For example, in one year, the Tennessee Action Coalition was established with a diverse board of directors led, in part, by two RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows: Debra Honey (2008) and Victoria Niederhauser (2008). And we have already seen a significant impact on our community as a result of the Action Coalition. Specifically, from 2011 to 2012, enrollment in RN to BSN programs in Tennessee increased 20 percent (from 1,375 to 1,635) and the number of RN to BSN graduates rose 30 percent (from 499 to 680). One key recommendation from the IOM report is that more nurses get BSN or higher degrees.

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