Greetings to all!
We had a great meeting in Greensboro recently and had a chance to meet the new RWJF ENF Cohort. WOW! What an impressive group they are!! They will be quite an asset to the Alumni Association in three years.
I had the opportunity to make a brief presentation about the Alumni Association to the NAC. These are the salient points of my report:
Of the 221 RWJF ENF Alumni, 125 are current members of the Alumni Association. This is an increase and we are actively working on increasing our membership even more.
The Alumni are available to the NAC and RWJF to provide insight, knowledge, and mobilization on health care issues.
The prestige of being selected as RWJF ENF Fellows continues in our Alumni Association activities.
Our relationship with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) is invaluable. CCL has helped us provide opportunities such as the leadership challenge and peer coaching calls to the alumni. They have assisted the Alumni Association in offering a safe place to work through our leadership challenges.
We have an established infrastructure to offer other RWJF alumni associations. We talked with Sue Hassmiller about connecting with the new Nurse Scholars Program.
We have become a viable and productive organization through our new mission statement, our work on the strategic plan, and our enhanced committee structure that includes alumni, not just board members.
We are in the process of identifying ways of collating data on the dynamics of our groups such as the boards on which they are active, the activities they are supporting in their communities, and how they are supporting the Future of Nursing Campaign.
To that end, some RWJF Fellows produced a paper that catalogs the activities of some RWJF ENF alumni and the Action Plan for the Future of Nursing.
The Alumni Association met for a day and the following activities were undertaken:
We revised the Mission Statement of the organization. The new statement is more reflective of our actions. It will be sent out under separate cover for your review and vote.
We spent a long time looking at the strategic goals of the organization and what was feasible for us as a networking organization. These too will be sent out under separate cover for your review.
We revisited the committee structure and realigned committees to ensure they are congruent with the mission statement and strategic goals. The upcoming minutes of the meeting will give you the specifics of the committee structure.
We worked hard with some of the Program Committee members on the National Meeting. It will be held in February in Dallas, Texas, at the Joule Hotel. On February 11 and for a half day on February 12, there will be two leadership development programs offered by CCL trainers (alumni can choose one to attend). There is a $100 non-refundable fee for these leadership development programs. On February 12, the National Meeting of the RWJF Alumni Association will begin with lunch and will continue through dinner on February 12. On February 13, activities begin with breakfast, include an Alumni Association meeting, and conclude with lunch. Current Fellows are invited to attend the National Meeting from lunch on February 12 through 2pm on February 13. This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet and greet the current Fellows. We hope that you will plan to attend this important meeting!! Look for specific details on presenters in late October. We do know that Sue Hassmiller from RWJF, along with David Altman and Linda Cronenwett from CCL, will be with us.
As always, we encourage participation by all Alumni Association members. Please work with us by joining a committee!!
Kate Mallarakis, ENF Alumni Association President, 1999 Cohort