Two New York nurse leaders are among 20 from throughout the U.S. who have been selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows for 2013. The new fellows will participate in a three-year leadership development program designed to enhance their effectiveness in improving the country’s healthcare system, according to a news release.
Susan Apold, RN, PhD, MSN, dean of Health and Human Services at Concordia College in Bronxville, N.Y, was selected along with David Keepnews, RN, PhD, JD, associate professor and director of graduate programs at Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, Hunter College of the City University of New York, Manhattan.
The nurse fellows program is based at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, N.C., and co-directed by Linda Cronenwett, RN, PhD, FAAN, professor and former dean of the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and David Altman, PhD, executive vice president of research, innovation and product development at CCL. Fellows receive coaching, education and other support designed to strengthen their ability to lead teams and organizations that are working to improve health and healthcare.David Keepnews, RN
“At this pivotal moment when the country’s healthcare system is being transformed, we need nurse leaders to help ensure that the changes we adopt improve patient and population health,” Cronenwett said in the release. “Alumni of the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program are a virtual ‘who’s who’ of accomplished nurses, and we know that members of our 2013 cohort will also make enormous contributions to improving health and healthcare in our country.”
According to an RWJF news release, nurses in the Executive Nurse Fellows program continue in their current positions during their fellowships, and each develops, plans and implements an initiative to improve healthcare delivery in his or her local community.