|August 23, 2001
nursing fellows will receive leadership development and mentor guidance in a UCSF program
funded through 2006 by the Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Foundation.
Organized to extend the experiences, insights, competencies and skills necessary for
fellows to advance in leadership positions in a rapidly changing health care system, the
program is directed by Edward O'Neil and Marilyn Chow in the UCSF Center for the Health
Today, successful leaders must be able to draw on their strengths and connect these to
potential partners and collaborators who can address the complex issues confronting health
care. This program is structured to address this need," said O'Neil.
Each fellowship includes $45,000 to be spent over three years to support self-directed
learning activities, independent study, and access to a national peer network. Other
components of the program include completion of a core leadership curriculum and
mentorship with an experienced leader and a comprehensive leadership project. "
The leadership project enables fellows to tackle issues of critical importance to the
future of health care -- for example, long-term care for the elderly, innovations in care
delivery and education, technology, preparing future nurses, and other workforce issues
including the nursing shortage," said Chow.
The RWJ Executive Nurse Fellows Program focuses on five key leadership competencies in
the emerging health care system: self-knowledge, strategic vision, risk-taking and
creativity, interpersonal and communication effectiveness and inspiring and leading
change. Since 1997, the UCSF program has received approximately $14.3 million from The
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and funded nearly 65 fellowships. Through 2006, program
directors expect to fund 40 additional fellowships. Fellowships are open to senior level
nurses in executive roles in health services, public/community health, and nursing
Applications for the next 20-member class will be available in late October and are due
February 1, 2002. To apply, visit the Center for the Health Professions web site.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, based in Princeton, NJ, is the nation's largest
philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care. It concentrates its grant
support in 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 promote health and reduce the personal, social and economic harm caused by
substance abuse -- tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs.
UCSF Center for the Health Professions
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation