Jill Goldstein, MS, MA, RN, has been in nursing for 28 years, accomplishing much in her clinical and management positions with Mount Sinai Hospital System, NYU Langone Medical Center and now as vice president, emergency response system, infusion services and post-acute care, Bronx and Westchester, for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. Nonetheless, she feels like her career is just getting started.
Goldstein recently was one of 20 nurses nationwide to be selected for the 2014 class of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows. The three-year leadership development program started in 1998.
I am in a continued growth state, Goldstein said. Last year, she won the Nurse.com National GEM Award in the Home, Community and Ambulatory Care category. I have not done what Im supposed to do yet. I dont know what that IT is, but I do know all my career moves have been intentional to build upon what I last learned.
The RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program is designed to strengthen the leadership capacity of nurses who want to shape healthcare on a local, state and national level.
Goldstein said during the three-year program, the cohort will meet twice a year, and there will be other opportunities for individual and group assignments, culminating in the final year with a project for each nurse to complete.
VNSNY President and CEO Mary Ann Christopher, MSN, RN, FAAN, said she is pleased and proud that Jill, a member of our senior staff, has been selected for this prestigious fellowship.
One thing Goldstein wont have to learn is perseverance. After not being selected last year for the ENF program, she refused to accept defeat. That really fueled me, she said. I wont take no [for an answer].
Goldstein said her passion is nurse mentoring, and she can see herself finishing the program with a mentoring project. But no matter what direction she takes in the final year of the program, she wants to grow as a nurse along the way.
Were in an apocalyptic healthcare forum now where nurses are being called on to help impact the environment at clinical levels, at leadership levels, on all kinds of health-related boards to make decisions on the future of healthcare, she said. I have plenty of skills to continue to learn on how to be that agent and part of the future thats constantly changing. I welcome (the opportunity) to improve my skill set and be part of that.
Tom Clegg is a freelance writer.