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    hone your skills to a higher level. You can play it is important to reach way beyond their workplace

    and even their local institutions of higher educationand apply for any number of leadership opportunitiesnationwide.

    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundations matrix ofleadership opportunities provides nurses at all levelsa way to make a difference in their own lives, in thelives of patients, and in the health care system at large.The opportunities exist; nurses just need to step for-ward to take advantage of them. It is nurses time tolead with condence and the requisite skills. Reviewthe matrix to determine what might be right for you.

    Susan Hassmiller is Senior Program Ocer and nursing leader, TheRobert Wood Johnson Foundation.

    Address reprint request to Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN,Senior Program Ocer and nursing team leader, The Robert WoodJohnson Foundation. E-mail: mkatz4pr@verizon.net

    J Radiol Nurs 2006;25:19-22

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    Copyright 2006 by the American Radiological Nurses Association.doi: 10.1016/j.jradnu.2006.01.006Are YouLeader Yo

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    If you are a nurse, you can call yourself a leader.each one of you! Whether you are a student nurse,a staff nurse, a nurse manager, or are currently

    serving at the executive level, you are a leader. You ed-ucate patients and families and you advocate on theirbehalf; you collaborate and negotiate with physiciansand pharmacists and administrators; you performyour tasks with precision; you provide compassion atevery turn. You touch lives and sometimes you evensave lives. You have one of the most important jobsin the world. In all that you do, however, are you thebest leader you can be?

    Opportunities exist to sharpen the many skills nursesneed to be better leaders. The tough parts are knowingwhere to nd these opportunities and having the driveto take up the challenge of these opportunities. TheRobert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nations larg-est philanthropy dedicated exclusively to improvinghealth and health care, is devoting substantial resourcestoward making hospital nurses jobs more effective andmore satisfying and toward addressing nursing issuesmore broadly by fostering nurse leadership at all levels.The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation believes thesechanges will help retain experienced nurses, alleviatingthe nursing shortage affecting so many U.S. communi-ties and improving the overall quality of patient careand outcomes. As part of these efforts, the Foundationhas researched a list of nurse leadership programs (seeTable 1) that may be of interest to you.

    You owe it to yourselfdand to the patientsdtoVOLUME 25 ISSUE 1 www.radiologyhe BestCan Be?

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    a role in creating the safest and best care around. Todo so, however, you must keep increasing your knowl-edge level, expanding your decision-making capabil-ities, and improving your skills in all areas, includingclinical and administrative. Providing hands-on carefor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week has placed nursesin the unique position of gaining insights that can ben-et the highest levels of leadership in hospitals. Nursescan offer substantive ideas about how care can be im-proved, how care environments might be safer, how thecontinuum of care might be smoother, how to bettereducate the next generation of students, and in generalhow to create a better health care system for all.

    To make use of their insights about improving care,nurses need to have their voices heard. Whether it is onthe boards of health care organizations, serving asa unit manager, or teaching in a school of nursing,nurses must nd a way rst to develop their skills tocommunicate their vision. Second, they must learn tohelp plan strategically to turn vision into action. It takesnegotiation, team building skills, an understanding ofand appreciation for measurement, and evidence-based care, an understanding of the politics and policiesbehind creating change. Leadership calls for a drive tomentor and empower others.

    Pathways to leadership are diverse. For many, it isimportant to seek higher levels of education such asthe BSN, MSN, and PhD. For some, it is importantto take advantage of classes and seminars at work orbecome certied in a specialty area. Finally, for others19nursing.org

  • Table 1. Leadership Development Opportunities Paid and/or Subsidized Programs

    Eligibility and Special Notes

    icants must live and work in California.

    cipants must move to an assigned national or

    ernational site.

    cipants must move to the Boston area and have a

    onsoring organization.

    icants must be from minority groups.

    icants must be from minority groups.

    cipants must move to the Washington, DC area.

    cipants remain in their jobs while completing the

    lowship.

    icants must be chief nursing ofcers; candidates

    Os/COOs must attend the Executive Forum at the

    nclusion of the program.

    icants must be members of AAN and/or IOM.

    plications must include a statement of full-time

    mmitment to the program.

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    California HealthCare Foundation Health Care

    Leadership Program

    Center for Health Care Professions, San Francisco, CA

    (415) 476-7081; http://futurehealth.ucsf.edu/futureleaders

    2 years; for clinicians interested in becoming health care

    system leaders.

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    Tuition and lodging are covered.

    The Epidemic Intelligence Service Program

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

    (888) 496-8347; www.cdc.gov/eis/

    2 years; for health care professionals seeking epidemiologic

    training related to public health.

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    Qualications and experience inuence salary.

    George W. Merck Fellowship Program

    Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Boston, MA

    (617) 301-4800; www.ihi.org

    1 year; for health care organizations and their nominees

    who are committed to advancing quality improvement

    and practice.

    Parti

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    Stipend included.

    Clinical Research Post-Doctoral Fellowship

    ANA, Silver Spring, MD (301) 628-5247; www.ana.org/emfp/

    fellowships/post.htm

    1 year; intended to promote clinical workforce diversity and

    expertise in substance abuse and mental health disorders.

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    Stipend based on years of service.

    Clinical Research Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

    ANA, Silver Spring, MD (301) 628-5247; www.ana.org/emfp/

    fellowships/pre.htm

    3e5 years; for masters-level nurses pursuing doctorate on

    minority mental health and substance abuse.

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    Annual stipend and tuition assistance.

    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy

    Fellowships

    Institute of Medicine, Washington, DC (202) 334-1506;

    www.iom.edu/rwj

    3 years; for mid-career health professionals in academic or

    community settings to acquire knowledge in health policy.

    Parti

    Stipend included.

    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive

    Nurse Fellows Program

    Center for the Health Professions, San Francisco, CA

    (415) 502-6451; http://futurehealth.ucsf.edu/Program/rwj/

    3 years; for senior executive nurses seeking the experience

    and skills necessary to be leaders in the health cares system.

    Parti

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    Each fellows individual learning activities are supported by

    a leadership development account. Employers must

    provide matching funds.

    Johnson & JohnsoneWharton Fellows Program in

    Management for Nurse Executives

    University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (215) 573-3804;

    www.executivefellows.net

    3 weeks; management and leadership education for senior

    nurse executives.

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    coTuition, special events, and most meals are covered by

    a Johnson & Johnson stipend.

    IOM/ANF/AAN Scholar in Residence Program

    Institute of Medicine, American Nurses Foundation, American

    Academy of Nursing, Washington, DC (414) 287-0289;

    www.aannet.org/opportunities/scholarinresidence/

    iom_anf_aan.asp

    1 year; for nurse leaders interested in leadership

    opportunities in health policy.

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    coEach fellow receives $50,000 and IOM orientation costs.

  • pplicants must be African Americans in manager

    positions.

    pplicants may choose one of two sites.

    50 discount for early registration.

    pplicants may participate as mentors or mentees.

    articipants must be members of Sigma Theta Tau.

    letter of support is required from applicants

    organization.

    lass size is limited; apply at least 4 months

    before session.

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    African-American Leadership Program

    Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, NC

    (336) 545-2810; www.ccl.org/leadership/programs/

    AALPOverview.aspx?pageIdZ782

    5 days; for mid- to senior-level African American managers

    wanting to explore career issues.

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    $6,200, including ground transportation to and from center,

    materials, most meals.

    Womens Leadership Program

    Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, NC; San Diego,

    CA (336) 545-2810; www.ccl.org/leadership/programs/

    WLPOverview.aspx?pageIdZ846

    5 days; for mid- to senior-level female managers seeking to

    examine leadership and work experiences.

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    $6,200, including ground transportation to center, program

    materials, and most meals.

    Aspiring Nurse Leaders II

    The American Organization of Nurse Executives,

    Scottsdale, AZ; www.aone.org/aone/edandcareer/

    conferences_seminars.html

    4 days; for staff nurses seeking to enhance leadership skills. $

    $545 tuition for AONE members; $595 for non-members.

    Room rate: $179.

    Leadership Development Program

    Center for Creative Leadership, Multiple sites

    (336) 545-2810; http://www.ccl.org/leadership/programs/

    LDPOverview.aspx?pageIdZ820

    5 days; for mid- to senior-level managers who want to

    strengthen leadership skills.

    Prices vary depending on site and dates.

    Chiron Mentoring Program

    Sigma Theta Tau International, Indianapolis, IN

    (317) 634-8171; www.nursingsociety.org/programs/chiron.html

    1 year; for members of Sigma Theta Tau International to

    build leadership and mentoring skills.

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    Each participant is responsible for securing nancial

    support to cover all program expenses. Participants are

    responsible for transportation, lodging, and some meals

    associated with the institute.

    OMADA Board Leadership Development Program

    Sigma Theta Tau International, Indianapolis, IN (317) 634-8171;

    www.nursingsociety.org/programs/omada_main.html

    2 years; for nurses interested in serving on national and

    international boards.

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    $795 fee for mentees.

    Cultural Competence Leadership Fellowship

    Health Research and Educational Trust/American Hospital

    Association, Chicago, IL (312) 422-2610; www.hret.org/

    hret/about/cclf.html

    1 year; for health care leaders interested in issues

    surrounding care of racial and ethnic minorities and how

    their institutions can better respond to community health

    needs.

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    Teams pay $16,000 per Fellow. Individuals pay $18,000 per

    Fellow. Full and partial scholarships may be available.

    Though individuals are encouraged to apply, preference will

    be given to teams.

    Executive Development Program

    The Wharton School, Philadelphia, PA (800) 255-3932, ext. 1408;

    http://executiveeducation.wharton.upenn.edu/

    course.cfm?ProgramZEDP#315

    2 weeks; for managers seeking the skills necessary to take on

    leadership roles within their organizations.

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    $19,500 tuition fee.

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    Eligibility and Special Notes

    cants must document employer support via

    ncial subsidy.

    ipants are housed on Harvards campus.

    ing can be arranged at participants facility.

    ng costs are $239 for single and $264 for

    ble for reservations made before Feb. 8, 2006.

    l scholarships are available for participants

    the nonprot sector.

    ipants in this program work in mentee/mentor

    s at applicants institution. International

    ses are encouraged to apply and should call

    17) 634-7575 for more information.

    lications are due by February 2006.

    ipants can earn graduate credits or Continuing

    cation Units.

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    MLE: Institute for Management and Leadership Education

    Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA

    (800) 545-1849; http://www.gse.harvard.edu/ppe/highered/

    index.html

    2 weeks; for senior academic administrators to learn new

    approaches to teaching and learning.

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    $5,500 tuition fee, which includes room, most meals, and all

    instructional materials.

    Management Development Program

    Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA

    (800) 545-1849; http://www.gse.harvard.edu/ppe/highered/

    index.html

    2 weeks; for professionals in mid-level management

    positions.

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    $5,500 tuition fee includes room, most meals, and all

    instructional materials. Some nancial aid is available.

    Nurse Manager Boot Camp

    Cross Country University, Boca Raton, FL (888) 683-4277;

    www.crosscountryeducation.com/cce/conferences/

    bootcamp/index.jsp

    5 days; an intensive training and skill-building course. Train

    $2,995 per individual. Discounts offered to groups of

    enrollees.

    Nurse in Washington Internship

    Nursing Organizations Alliance, Washington, DC

    (859) 514-9157; www.nursing-alliance.org/niwi.cfm

    5 days; for nurses seeking to inuence health care through

    legislative and regulatory processes.

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    $675 for members of the Nursing Organizations Alliance.

    $775 for nonmembers.

    National Student Nurses Association members pay $450

    Non-members pay $550

    *These prices apply to those who register before Jan. 27,

    2006.

    Strategic Leadership for Women

    Simmons Graduate School of Management

    Boston, MA (617) 521-3843, www.simmons.edu/som/

    execed/open-enrollment/strategic.shtml

    5 days; for women professionals seeking skills necessary to

    become inuential leaders in their organizations.

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    $5,400 fee covers room, board, and instructional materials.

    2006-07 Nursing Leadership Academy: Nurses Investing in

    Maternal-Child Health

    Sigma Theta Tau, Johnson & Johnson Pediatric Institute,

    L.L.C., Indianapolis, IN (888) 634-7575 (US/Canada);

    www.nursingsociety.org/programs/mch.html

    18 months; for all maternal-child health nurses whose

    practice in service, administration, education, or research

    includes the health of mothers and children.

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    $300 registration fee covers mentee/mentor registration.

    Workshops, hotel rooms, and meals will be provided at

    no cost to participants.

    Washington Health Policy Institute

    George Mason University, Fairfax, VA (703) 993-1959;

    www.gmu.edu/departments/chpre/policyinstitute/

    home_whpi.html

    5 days; for health care professionals, health organization

    staff, association staff, health scholars, policy scholars,

    educators, policy analysts, congressional staff, interest

    group members, and those interested in learning about

    how health policy is made.

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    $900e$1,200 fee.

    Reprinted with permission from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.