Leadership Program Receives Major Grant
A UCSF national program has received
a $7.78 million grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to continue training and
mentoring executive nurse leaders.
The Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program was organized to extend the
experiences and skills necessary to advance nurses to leadership positions in a rapidly
changing and complex health care system, said Edward O'Neil, PhD, who directs the program
with Marilyn Chow, DNSc, RN, FAAN, in the UCSF Center for Health Professions.
Fellows currently in the program come from hospitals, organizations and nursing schools
throughout the country. Each receives $45,000 to be spent over three years for
self-directed learning activities, independent study, and access to a national peer
network. They also will complete leadership courses and work with mentors at UCSF and
their home institutions.
The new grant is a renewal of a program on the UCSF campus; the first provided on-going
leadership development for about 45 fellows.
"Given our rapidly changing health care system, strong leaders in the nursing
profession are vital to provide a vision and direction, not just for the profession, but
for the entire system," Chow said.
The national advisory committee for the program is chaired by Shirley S. Chater, PhD,
RN, FAAN, former US Commissioner for Social Security.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, based in Princeton, NJ, is the nation's largest
philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care. The foundation concentrates
its grant-making in the following three goal areas: to assure that all Americans have
access to basic health care at reasonable cost; to improve care and support for people
with chronic health conditions; and to reduce the personal, social and economic harm
caused by substance abuse.
The Executive Nurse Fellows Program is currently accepting applications for the 2001
year. The fellowships are open to senior level nurses in executive roles in health
services, public/community health, and nursing education. Applications for the program,
which begins July 2001, are due February 1, 2001.