Coldiron Senior Nurse Executive Fellowship Program Established to Enhance Development of Senior Nurse Executives

Coldiron Senior Nurse Executive Fellowship Program Established to Enhance Development of Senior Nurse Executives

An innovative five-part program to enhance and expand the development of senior nurse executive leaders has announced that it will be welcoming its first incoming class of nurse executives in August 2020. The program, titled the Coldiron Senior Nurse Executive Fellowship Program, was developed by the Marian K. Shaughnessy Nurse Leadership Academy of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in partnership with the American Nurses Association (ANA), the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL), and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).

The new program will empower nurse leaders to make healthcare more patient-centered, cost effective, accessible, and quality-driven. The curriculum will cover quality and safety competencies, care coordination, wellness, public communication, executive presence, financial acumen, and understanding and leading change.

ANA President Ernest J. Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN, tells globenewswire.com , “The American Nurses Association is proud to partner with the Marian K. Shaughnessy Nurse Leadership Academy, AONL and HFMA on this important initiative. Nurse leaders are integral players in not only the delivery of quality patient care, but also operational excellence across diverse health care settings. The Coldiron Senior Nurse Executive Fellowship Program is a testament to the power of nursing and nurses’ role as change agents in health care. ANA looks forward to welcoming the first incoming class of nurse executives.”

Applications for the fellowship program are available online for nurse executives with at least five years of experience at the most senior level in health services, public health, and community-based organizations or systems, as well as professional, governmental, and policy organizations. The inaugural session in Cleveland will be three days long, followed by sessions to be held in Atlanta, Washington, DC, and Cleveland over a 15-month period.

HFMA President and CEO Joseph J. Fifer, FHFMA, CPA, stated in a press release: “We are pleased to partner with our nursing colleagues to leverage the strengths each organization brings to professional development. Interprofessional collaboration promotes better leadership, and better leadership is the key to delivering safe, effective high-quality care.”

To learn more about Coldiron Senior Nurse Executive Fellowship Program, an innovative five-part program to enhance and expand the development of senior nurse executive leaders, visit here.

War of Words for NPs: ‘Fellowship’ or ‘Residency’?

War of Words for NPs: ‘Fellowship’ or ‘Residency’?

When the first nurse practitioner residency programs  began, the term “residency” left many in the nursing community unsettled.

“One of the concerns of residency programs and that terminology is the suggestion that nurse practitioners are not prepared upon graduation, which is not accurate at all,” Kitty Werner, MPA, executive director for the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), told MedPage Today.

In considering the language debate, Werner said, “[I]f people look at them [residencies or fellowships] closely they see how they are specific to their practice site, it’s much more like an intensive on-boarding experience for new graduates. Or it might be for existing nurse practitioners who transition to that particular practice environment, but they don’t replace formal educational preparation.”

The NONPF, as part of a broader statement on post-graduate education, declared that the term “residency” is “not an optimal description for NP post-graduate support” because it may be confused with medical residencies which are required for physicians to gain licensure. Four other major nursing groups signed the statement, which was later endorsed by the largest, the American Nurses Association.

“The residency in medicine fulfills the required clinical focus of a particular specialty. In NP preparation that clinical focus is embedded in the NP educational program centering on the population focus that is the center of NP practice emphasis (e.g., family, pediatrics, women’s health, etc.),” the statement read.

Even more confusing, some nursing programs use “residency” specifically for the clinical hours already included in their programs. The statement urged post-graduate support programs to keep things simple and call themselves “fellowships” instead.

Britney Broyhill, DNP, ACNP-BC, the director of the nurse practitioner program at Carolinas Healthcare in Charlotte, N.C., said she prefers the term “fellowship” since the programs are voluntary and offer advanced practice clinicians a chance “to go above and beyond their formal education and training in a subspecialty.”

But there are dissenters, among them Margaret Flinter, PhD, APRN, senior vice president and clinical director of the Community Health Center in Middletown, Conn., who founded the first nurse practitioner residency program and still prefers that name.

“My feeling is still — though I’m always open to the conversation — that this kind of broad-based, very intensive clinical training across the full gamut of primary care is best described as residency.”

She noted that the Department of Veterans Affairs also uses the term “residency.”

This story was originally posted on MedPage Today.