Message from the National Program Office (NPO)
For the first time this fall, sadly we have no new cohort to introduce to you. Nonetheless, our September events were enriched by the fact that the entire 2014 cohort planned action learning meetings in Greensboro so they could be involved in the 2012 cohort's graduation events. And what a week it was for the 2012 cohort! Their Essence presentations with Eda Roth were amazing gifts of authenticity and trust. And, after having heard from Cole Edmundson at the February meeting, we were honored to hear Sheila Davis present her slides and poignant stories of leading the Partners in Health Ebola response in West Africa. At the Wednesday evening farewell with the NPO, we shared...and sang...and received precious gifts (be sure and ask Dave how he liked the Cherry Ames book!). Then on September 18th, after a morning World Café (see page 7 for the graphic recording of the World Café) with ENF National Advisory Committee (NAC) members and luncheon remarks by Dr. Sue Hassmiller, RWJF Senior Advisor for Nursing, the 2012 cohort graduated in high style at a beautiful event at the Proximity Hotel in Greensboro. Carolyn Hayes was chosen by her cohort to address the gathering on their behalf, and her remarks evoked both laughter and tears. Graduates were cheered by loved ones, the 2014 cohort, the ENF Alumni Association board, NAC members, and representatives from the 2011 and 2013 cohorts, many of whom joined the 2012's in dancing the night away after the ceremony. Although we will miss regular meetings with each member of this cohort, there is no doubt that they will be leaders in whom we will take pride for years to come.
In the midst of graduation events, the NPO also had to say our sad farewell to members of our National Advisory Committee. Given that the committee's role in reviewing, interviewing and selecting new cohorts is completed, this September represented the official end of their terms of service to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Our farewell dinner with them occurred on September 17th, where they received our words of thanks, gifts of remembrance, and RWJF certificates of service. We were delighted to have with us Sue Hassmiller, representing the Foundation, and Shirley Chater, Founding NAC Chair (see photo on page 7), whose remarks helped us celebrate the entire history of the Executive Nurse Fellows National Advisory Committee. Although Sue Cole, J. Taylor Harden, and Terry Fulmer were unable to attend, we acknowledged in person the tenures of Jim Appleberry, June Chan, Brian Coyne, Joanne Disch, Paul Gam, Phyllis Meadows, Pat Montoya, Mary Newell, and Mary Evans Sias. In spite of the official ending of the NAC, we look forward to inviting these former NAC members to participate in our final two graduation events and the end of program celebration that will occur in 2018.
Now, we turn to the 2013's and the planning of their individual leadership projects. We're also working to adapt the 2014's January and June 2016 sessions to include alumni participants, as they will not have a second cohort with them for these sessions. If you're a member of the Alumni Association and a cohort from 2006-2011, you will likely receive an invitation to participate in one of these two sessions (January in Colorado Springs for those from the west and June in Greensboro for those from the east). We are eager to ensure that all our cohorts benefit from interaction with other Fellows/Alumni.
Enjoy this beautiful autumn and the holidays to come,