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Message from the National Program Office (NPO)

As spring finally makes its way across the country, we bring warm greetings from North Carolina, where the azaleas are in full bloom. February was an eventful month this year, coming in as it did with news that the Executive Nurse Fellows program would end in 2017-18, along with a number of other RWJF Human Capital programs. Sue Hassmiller and Maryjoan Ladden met with ENF Alumni at the meeting in Dallas February 12-13th, stimulating lots of brainstorming about the RWJF vision for future leadership development and the role of alumni from current Human Capital programs. Dr. Ladden also met with members of the 2011 Cohort at their meeting in Boston February 25-27th, and input from all Fellows, NPO leaders, and alumni have been solicited as the RWJF Design Team works to turn its new vision into reality. In the meantime, we at the NPO remain excited and committed to our current and incoming class of Fellows, focusing on making the most of nursing's opportunity for senior leadership development through what will eventually be 20 years of funding of an Executive Nurse Fellows program. 


In just a few days, National Advisory Committee members will meet in Chicago to interview 42 of the 109 applicants for the 2014 Cohort. We will let you know the names and addresses of the new cohort sometime near the end of May, knowing you will welcome this last cohort with special enthusiasm. At the same time, we are excitedly planning the September graduation for the 2011 cohort, the first to have spent the full three years with our CCL NPO and curriculum.
Between these events, our 2012 and 2013 cohort will meet for their sessions in Greensboro in June. Their external consultants will be working with them on the challenges and opportunities of exerting leadership in inter-professional contexts. Alum Brenda Zierler (ENF '08) will be one of the consultants (interprofessional education), along with Garrett Chan (Stanford – clinical teams), Gordon Mosser, (author of new book Understanding Teamwork in Health Care), Karen Miller (Kansas – university leadership), Mairead Hickey (Brigham/Women's – hospital leadership), and Rosemary Gibson (Hastings Center – working with patients on interprofessional teams). 


Best wishes to each of you who are making a difference in health and health care in America every day.


Linda Cronenwett, David Altman, and Andi Williams