21 New RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows

Aug 18, 2011, 4:00 PM, Posted by

The executive director of a community clinic in Indiana. The chief nursing officer at a medical center in Nebraska. The first chief nurse practitioner officer in the convenient care industry. The director of clinical informatics for a national managed care consortium.

They are among the 21 new Executive Nurse Fellows announced by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) as its 2011 cohort. The highly competitive program is designed to expand nurse leadership and position nurses to lead change in the United States health care system. The new Fellows join more than 200 nurse leaders who have participated in the program since it began in 1998.

"The RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program has a storied history and a bright future," said Susan Hassmiller, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., who is RWJF's senior adviser for nursing. "At the Foundation, we are all very proud of this program which has supported some of the best and brightest nurse leaders in our country. I congratulate all 21 new fellows, who are joining the program at a pivotal moment as we work to transform the nursing profession to better meet the needs of patients in a reformed and fast-changing health care system. I know they will be strong partners in the Campaign for Action as we implement the recommendations from the Institute of Medicine's landmark nursing report and help nurses take their role as partners in providing quality care."

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 three-year fellowships, and each develops, plans and implements a new initiative to improve health care delivery in her or his community.

Read more about the program and see a list of the 2011 RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Human Capital Blog. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors.