Terry Fulmer, RN, PhD, FAAN, professor and dean of the Bouve College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University, Boston, knows she is stepping into big shoes.
Fulmer recently was named to take over for Shirley Chater, RN, PhD, FAAN, the first and, until now, only national advisory committee chair of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundations Executive Nurse Fellows program.
“Nobody replaces Shirley Chater,” Fulmer said in a news release. “She is iconic and has created a program that will have an indelible impact on the future of nursing and the history of nursing.”
The Executive Nurse Fellows is a three-year program that strengthens the leadership capacity of nurses who aspire to shape healthcare locally and nationally. Fellows receive coaching, education, and other support to strengthen their ability to lead teams and organizations that are improving health and healthcare. More than 200 nurse leaders have participated in the program since it began in 1998.
“The fellows are the future of the profession,” Fulmer said. “My commitment is to be there for them, with them, among them” to transform healthcare in America.
Chater helped develop the program, working with RWJF leaders. She has been its chairwoman since it launched. Before that, she served as commissioner of the U.S. Social Security Administration under President Bill Clinton. Chater is a former president of Texas Womans University and vice chancellor of academic affairs at the University of California, San Francisco.