August 2014 —

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows Program Provides Leadership and Professional Development to Emerging Nurse Leaders

Princeton, NJ – The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced the 20 nurses from across the United States who have been selected as RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows for 2014, the program’s last cohort. This diverse group will participate in a three-year, world-class leadership development program that is enhancing the effectiveness of nurse leaders who are working to improve the nation’s health care system. They join more than 200 nurse leaders who have participated in the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows (ENF) program since it began in 1998.

The ENF program strengthens the leadership capacity of nurses who aspire to shape health care in their communities, states, and nationally, providing its fellows with coaching, education, and other support to enhance their abilities to lead teams and organizations. It is located at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), and co-directed by: Linda Cronenwett, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean emerita and professor at the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and David Altman, PhD, executive vice president and managing director at CCL.

“At this moment, when the role of nurses in providing care and promoting health is expanding and our country’s health care system is being transformed, we need nurse leaders with the strongest skills possible,” Cronenwett said. “The RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program is enhancing the leadership skills of talented nurses all across the country. Our alumni are a virtual ‘who’s who’ of accomplished, prestigious nurses, and we know that every member of the 2014 RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows cohort will do a tremendous amount to improve health care and build a culture of health in the United States.”

Executive Nurse Fellows hold senior leadership positions in health services, scientific and academic organizations, public health and community-based organizations or systems, and 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 health care delivery in her or his community.

The full list of 2014 RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows—selected from more than 100 applicants?follows:

  • Jeffrey Adams, PhD, RN, director, Center for Innovations in Care Delivery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts;
  • Aara Amidi-Nouri, PhD, RN, associate professor, chair of the BSN program, and director of diversity, Samuel Merritt University School of Nursing, Oakland, California;
  • Debra Arnow, DNP, RN, NE-BC, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer, Children?s Hospital & Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska;
  • Debbie Chatman Bryant, DNP, RN, director of partnerships for healthcare quality research at Medical University of South Carolina and director of outreach and community relations at Hollings Cancer Center, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina;
  • Rosina Cianelli, PhD, MPH, FAAN, associate professor, School of Nursing and Health Studies, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida;
  • Bonnie Clipper, DNP, MA, MBA, vice president and chief nursing officer, Medical Center of the Rockies, Loveland, Colorado;
  • Amy Cotton, MSN, FNP-BC, FAAN, director of operations and senior service quality, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, Bangor, Maine;
  • Malia Davis, MSN, RN, director of nursing services and clinical team development, Clinica Family Health Services, Lafayette, Colorado;
  • Joy Deupree, PhD, MSN, WHNP-BC, assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, senior advisor for policy for the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama;
  • Jeffrey Doucette, DNP, RN, CEN, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer, Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital, Newport News, Virginia;
  • Kate FitzPatrick, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, nursing clinical director, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
  • Rebecca Freeman, PhD, RN, PMP, chief nursing information officer and manager of nursing informatics, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina;
  • Jill Goldstein, RN, MA, MS, vice president, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, New York, New York;
  • Darcy Jaffe, MN, ARNP, NE-BC, chief nursing officer and senior associate administrator, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington Medicine, Seattle, Washington;
  • Kathleen Johnson, DNP, RN-BC, NCSN, manager of student health services, Seattle Public Schools, Seattle, Washington;
  • Suzanne Miyamoto, PhD, RN, director of government affairs and health policy, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, District of Columbia;
  • Teri Pipe, PhD, RN, dean, College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona;
  • Casey Shillam, PhD, RN-BC, associate professor and nursing program director, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington;
  • Elizabeth Stambolis, BSN, MS, CPNP, director of pediatric and adolescent medicine, Health Care for the Homeless, Inc., Baltimore, Maryland; and
  • Tami Wyatt¸ PhD, RN, CNE, associate professor, College of Nursing, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Knoxville, Tennessee.

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

For more information about the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program visit:

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve the health and health care of all Americans. We are striving to build a national Culture of Health that will enable all Americans to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. For more information, visit 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 providers of executive education, CCL has locations in countries worldwide.

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Center for Creative Leadership
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