The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently announced 20 nurses from across the U.S. were selected as RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows for 2013. These nurse leaders will participate in a three-year leadership development program designed to enhance their effectiveness in improving the countrys healthcare system.
Included among the new fellows is Melinda Noonan, RN, DNP, NEA-BC, assistant vice president for hospital operations and executive director at Rush Childrens Hospital at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
Each fellow receives coaching, education and other support designed to strengthen her or his 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 and 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 countrys 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 the release. Alumni of the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program are a virtual whos who of accomplished nurses, and we know that members of our 2013 cohort will also make enormous contributions to improving health and health care 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 fellowship is supported through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.