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Message from the National Program Office (NPO)

Greetings from your National Program Office!

We are collectively catching our breaths after events in Colorado Springs, Boston, and Florida within the last two months! Somewhere during that time, winter came and went, and the redbuds are starting to bloom in North Carolina.

Colorado Springs weather for the 2014 Cohort Session 4 was spectacular, with amazing views of snow-capped mountains from the CCL Campus and Broadmoor Hotel. As usual, the session's activities related to Executive Communications were fast-paced and fatigue-inducing, but the Fellows came through with flying colors. Nine ENF Alumni participated in the Health Care Day portion of the session and added to lively conversations about exerting leadership through political, legislative, regulatory or policy-related activities. In addition, our outstanding external consultants included Debra Barksdale (ENF '11), Susan Birch (ENF '02), Peter Buerhaus, Cynthia Crone (ENF '01), and Catherine Dodd.

The day before the 2013 Cohort Session 6 began in Boston, February decided to create air travel chaos for everyone in the southeast and eastern seaboard. Fortunately, Val Swan was already in New England, and only one Fellow and one faculty member missed the first day. The rest of us got there eventually, including Dave. As in past years, the faculty of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Continuum provided great fodder for thinking about innovation, creativity, and our efforts to lead health care improvement. We were especially pleased to be able to meet the new president of IHI, Derek Feeley – and to have a past president of IHI, Don Berwick, drop in on our session as well. With disbelief that three years could be almost over, the 2013's began making plans for their graduation events in Colorado Springs next September 21-24th.

A few days at home, and Andi, Val, and Linda were off again to meet in a beautiful Florida Amelia Island Resort with the ENF Alumni Board and 95 ENF Alumni and Fellows who attended the Annual Alumni Meeting. Every member of the ENF Family took great pride in hearing the results of the (ENF Alumni Association led) pre-meetings among leaders of all RWJF programs whose grants will be ending over the next two years. Welcoming former NAC members, Martha Farmer and Clyda Rent as speakers was a special treat as well. Each session on the topic of "Transitions" engaged us in meaningful reflections and conversations with colleagues about the transitions in our lives, both professional and personal.

We now turn our focus to planning for the future, including looking far ahead to February, 2018, and selecting dates and a venue for the all-ENF Family event that will honor the outcomes of twenty wonderful years of RWJF funding for the Executive Nurse Fellows Program.

Best regards to you all,

Linda Cronenwett

David Altman

Andi Williams