Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation® Executive Nurse Fellows program is a three-year advanced leadership program for nurses who aspire to lead and shape health care locally and nationally. Fellows strengthen their leadership capacity and improve their abilities to lead teams and organizations in improving health and health care. Each year the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows (ENF) program selects a cohort of up to 20 highly qualified nurses in senior executive positions to participate in the three-year fellowship. The program targets 20 leadership competencies focused on leading oneself, leading others, leading the organization and leading in health care. A key curriculum goal is to help fellows apply the knowledge and skills they obtain to the leadership challenges and opportunities they face in their work.
- Advanced curriculum, employing best practices from the field of leadership development, delivered through face-to-face program sessions and technology-facilitated intersession activities (years 1–3);
- Intensive and ongoing executive coaching and mentoring from program faculty and outside experts (years 1–3);
- Team-based action learning and implementation of team projects (years 1–2);
- Self-directed, individual leadership development activities and implementation of a bold individual leadership project (years 2–3);
- Lifetime premium membership to the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) myCCL online learning community, which includes 24/7 access to the latest research and practice in leadership development (beginning in year 1);
- Opportunity for post-program leadership development activities; and
- Membership in the nationwide ENF Alumni network.
- Executive Nurse fellowships are open to registered nurses who currently 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.
- Applicants must be citizens of the United States or its territories or have permanent residency status.
- In addition, applicants must have the support of their employing organization to engage fully in all curricular, action-learning and leadership project components of the program.
- We are committed to recruiting qualified nurses who want to become part of a program that cultivates a diverse and inclusive learning and research environment. We embrace racial, ethnic, gender and disciplinary diversity, and we encourage candidates with diverse backgrounds to apply to the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program. Our application and review processes help to ensure that all qualified candidates are given an equal opportunity to compete for grant opportunities within our program.
- Our goal is to create a rich intellectual, cultural and mentoring environment to ensure that our fellows reach their full potential. We recognize that having a variety of experiences, backgrounds and ideas enriches our organization and encourages creativity and innovation.
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The Executive Nurse Fellows program is the best professional gift of my career. It has prepared me to be a driver of change in health care and has made it possible for me to lead a statewide effort to tackle diabetes. As clinical director of the New York State Health Foundation’s Diabetes Campaign, I’m working to improve clinical care and patient outcomes, and to promote policy solutions that will deliver more comprehensive, coordinated care. I’m also collaborating with partners and staff to mobilize communities to expand our community and policy efforts. What I learned in the program is helping to make me more effective, every step of the way.