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5 West region RNs earn RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows status

Friday August 23, 2013
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Five RNs in the West region were among 20 nurses from across the country recently selected to participate in a three-year leadership development program designed to enhance their effectiveness in improving the country’s healthcare system by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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

The ENF program is based at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, N.C. It is co-directed by Linda Cronenwett, RN, PhD, 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 healthcare system is being transformed, we need nurse leaders to help ensure that the changes we adopt improve patient and population health," Cronenwett said in a news release. "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 healthcare 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 healthcare delivery in her or his community.

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

Margaret Baker, RN, PhD, associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor, University of Washington School of Nursing Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, Seattle;

Katherine Bechtold, MHA, BSN, senior vice president and chief nurse executive, MultiCare Health System, Tacoma, Wash.;

Joan Ching, RN, MN, CPHQ, administrative director of quality & safety, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle;

Raymond Phillips, RN, PhD, MS, CNS, CS, chief nurse for inpatient nursing and nursing research, Veterans Administration Northern California Health Care System, San Francisco;

Marni Storey, BSN, MS, interim director, Clark County Public Health and 2013 Chair-Elect, Association of State and Territorial Public Health Directors, Vancouver, Wash.

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

Learn more, www.ExecutiveNurseFellows.org.