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20 Accomplished Nurse Leaders Chosen for Highly Competitive, Prestigious Nurse Fellowships

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows Program Provides Leadership, Professional Development to Position Nurses to Lead Change in U.S. Health Care System

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)30 August 2012 - Princeton, NJ - The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recently announced the 20 nurses from across the country who have been selected as RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows for 2012. This diverse group will participate in a three-year, world-class leadership development program that is enhancing nurse leaders' effectiveness in improving the nation's health care system. They join more than 200 nurse leaders who have participated in the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program since it began in 1998.

The RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows (ENF) program strengthens the leadership capacity of nurses who aspire to shape health care locally and nationally. Each Fellow receives coaching, education and other support to strengthen their ability to lead teams and organizations that are improving health and health care.

The ENF program is located at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®), and co-directed by: Linda Cronenwett, PhD, RN, 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.

"Now more than ever, with our health care system preparing to care for millions more patients, many of whom are living longer but with more chronic conditions, we need nurse leaders who are well prepared to participate as full partners in this historic transformation," Cronenwett said. "The RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program has a proud history of building and enhancing the leadership skills of extraordinary nurses all across the country. We are delighted to be able to work with this new cohort. Each of our new Executive Nurse Fellows has made a powerful commitment to improving health and health care and is poised to become an even more effective leader."

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, during which each Fellow develops, plans and implements a new initiative to improve health care delivery in her or his community.

The 20 newly selected RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows — selected from approximately 150 applicants — are:

  • Rita Adeniran, DrNP, RN, CMAC, NEA-BC, director of diversity and inclusion, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia;

  • Beth Bolick, DNP, PNP-BC, CPNP-AC, CCRN, coordinator of the Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (AC PNP) Program, Rush University College of Nursing, Chicago;

  • Beth Brooks, PhD, RN, FACHE, president of Resurrection University, Oak Park, Ill.;

  • Richard Cuming, RN, MSN, EdD, NEA-BC, senior vice president and chief nursing executive, Jackson Health System, Miami;

  • Sheila Davis, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, FAAN, director of global nursing, Partners In Health, Boston;

  • Cole Edmonson, BSN, MSN, DNP, FACHE, NEA-BC, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas;

  • Loraine Frank-Lightfoot, RN, BSN, MBA, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer, Wooster Community Hospital, Wooster, Ohio;

  • Carolyn Hayes, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, nurse executive, Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center, Boston;

  • Bernadette Khan, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, vice president of specialty services, New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center, Plainview, New York;

  • Pamela Kulbok, DNSc, RN, PHCNS-BC, FAAN, professor of nursing and public health sciences, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.;

  • Linda Lawson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, administrative director of nursing operations, Del Sol Medical Center, El Paso, Texas;

  • Shawanda Poree, BS, BSN, MBA, deputy director for the healthcare placement service, Veterans Health Administration Healthcare Retention and Recruitment Office, New Orleans;

  • Lisa Sgarlata, RN, MSFM, MSN, chief administrative officer , Lee Memorial Hospital, Lee Memorial Health System, Fort Myers, Fla.;

  • Janice Smolowitz, EdD, DNP, ANP-BC, DCC, senior associate dean and professor, Columbia University School of Nursing, New York;

  • Elizabeth Speakman, EdD, RN, CDE, ANEF, associate professor, School of Nursing, co-director, Jefferson Center for Interprofessional Education, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia;

  • Suzan Ulrich, DrPH, CNM, FACNM, associate dean of midwifery and women's health, Frontier Nursing University, Deerfield Beach, Fla.;

  • Ellen-Marie Whelan, PhD, NP, FAAN, senior advisor at the Innovation Center, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Baltimore;

  • Debra White, RN, MSN, MSA, ACNS-BC, NEA-BC, vice president and chief nursing officer, Saint Luke's Health System, Kansas City, Mo.;

  • Danuta Wojnar, RN, PhD, MN, MED, IBCLC, associate professor and chair, Department of Maternal/Child and Family Nursing, Seattle University College of Nursing, Seattle; and

  • Laura Wood, DNP, MS, RN, vice president and national director, Clinical Solutions, Siemens Healthcare, Malvern, Pa.

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

For more information about the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program visit: www.ExecutiveNurseFellows.org.

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable, and timely change. For 40 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter or Facebook.

About the Center for Creative Leadership

The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) is a top-ranked, global provider of leadership development. By leveraging the power of leadership to drive results that matter most to clients, CCL transforms individual leaders, teams, organizations and society. Our array of cutting-edge solutions is steeped in extensive research and experience gained from working with hundreds of thousands of leaders at all levels. Ranked among the world's Top 10 providers of executive education by Bloomberg BusinessWeek and the Financial Times, CCL has offices in Greensboro, NC; Colorado Springs, CO; San Diego, CA; Brussels, Belgium; Moscow, Russia; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Johannesburg, South Africa; Singapore; New Delhi-NCR, India; and Shanghai, China.

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