The University of California at San Francisco has announced that twenty new nursing fellows will receive mentors and leadership development training through 2006 thanks to a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The RWJ Executive Nurse Fellows Program — organized to extend the experiences, insights, and skills necessary for nursing fellows to advance in a rapidly changing health-care system — 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. Each fellow receives $45,000 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, a comprehensive leadership project, and mentoring with an experienced leader.
"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 program director Edward O'Neil, Ph.D.
Since 1997 UCSF has received approximately $14.3 million from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and funded nearly 65 fellowships. Through 2006, the program's 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 education.