Creating the Nurse Executive for the Future: A Collaborative Academic and Health System Partnership

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      A collaborative academic and health system partnership was developed to create the nurse executive fellowship academy (NEFA). One aim of NEFA was to foster succession planning by strengthening existing executive nurse leaders’ skills, enhancing their strategic capability to lead dynamic change. Program development was guided by the American Organization for Nursing Leadership competencies. A roadmap outlines the program development phases, including chief nursing officer interviews, design team activities, curriculum, and intervention strategies. Evaluation data showed positive results for the first cohort of participants and such data are a vital component in succession planning for developing future executive nurse leaders.
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      Rhonda R. Schoville, PhD, MSBA, RN, is Clinical Assistant Professor, at University of Michigan School of Nursing in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She can be reached at [email protected] . Tammy Ross, MSN, RN, OCN, is Adjunct Clinical Instructor, Kari Szczechowski, DNP, RN, PCCN-K, is Adjunct Clinical Instructor, Barb Medvec, DNP, MSA, RN, NEA-BC, is Clinical Assistant Professor, Michelle Pineau, MA, is Administrative Assistant, Michelle Aebersold, PhD, RN, CHSE FAAN, is Clinical Professor, and Christine Anderson, PhD, RN, is Clinical Associate Professor Emerita, at University of Michigan School of Nursing. Kelly Baird-Cox, DNP, RN, CPNP, CPEN, CEN, TCRN, NEA-BC, CENP, CPPS, is Chief Nursing Officer, at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital and Adjunct Clinical Instructor in Nursing, School of Nursing in Ann Arbor, Michigan.