Message from the National Program Office (NPO)
In recent communications from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the NPO was told that ENF alumni were leading Regional Action Coalitions (RAC) working on Future of Nursing Campaign activities in eight states: Claudia Beverly and Lorraine Frazier (AR), Jane Kirschling (MD), Cynthia Teel (KS), Peggy Hewlett (SC), Alexia Green (TX), Mary Burman (WY), Vickie Niederhauser (TN), and Lynne Dunphy (RI). In our last newsletter (http://www.executivenursefellows.org/cms_docs/Summer2013Newsletter-2.pdf) other ENF Alumni reported on their involvement as well, and we suggest that if you're leading your state coalition and aren't appearing in the RWJF database with an ENF by your name, let them know! The legacy of the ENF Fellowship is leadership to change the world, and your activities are just one outstanding example of that legacy. Dr. Sue Hassmiller extends her gratitude and admiration to you all and looks forward to interacting with you at the upcoming February 11-13, 2014 alumni meeting in Dallas.
Here in Greensboro, North Carolina, we welcomed the 2013 Cohort to their first session on the CCL Campus September 9-13. The fellows appreciated alumni welcome notes, the gift of pins presented by Debra Barksdale on behalf of the 2011 Cohort, the gift of engraved silver business card holders from the 2012 Cohort, and the time they had to receive counsel from Alumni Association Board members and members of the National Advisory Committee. The external consultant panel for this session included ENF alumni June Chan ('04) and Mary Newell ('06). Once again, our new cohort is made up of an incredible group of nursing leaders who engaged fully in an intense first session, creating momentum and energy for a great fellowship for the next three years and beyond. For more information on the 2013 Cohort and the ENF program, please visit our website: www.executivenursefellows.org.
The ENF National Advisory Committee (NAC), chaired by Dr. Terry Fulmer, met for their annual meeting in September as well. The 2011 and 2012 Cohorts will fully appreciate the experience of NAC members, who participated (as fellows do) in Teaching Horse, learning about shared leadership with June Gunter and her equine faculty. New NAC members Joanne Disch and Sue Cole were welcomed to their first meeting, while sad farewells were bid to outgoing NAC members Clyda Rent and Mary Ann Stump. As in past years, the current NAC is highly engaged in ENF and so appreciative of the opportunity to work with fellows, alumni and NPO staff.
With NAC input, the application for fellowship was slightly changed (one less question and page limit reduced from 10 pages to 8 to eliminate redundancy), and we are delighted to announce that RWJF has officially released our Call for Applications (http://www.executivenursefellows.org/cms_docs/ENF_2014_CFP.pdf) with a deadline of January 14, 2014 at 3PM. The best recruiters of top talent are recipients of this newsletter. Please continue to help us recruit future cohorts of Executive Nurse Fellows!
In addition to participating in the 2013 Cohort session, the Alumni Association Board of Directors worked on strategic planning activities, including planning for the February 2014 meeting. All in all, we at the NPO have tremendous partners in this work we enjoy so much. May your autumn include a similar array of beautiful colors and experiences.
Linda Cronenwett, David Altman, and Andi Williams