Amy Cotton, MSN, FNP-BC, FAAN, director of operations and senior services at EMHS (Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems), has been named one of just 20 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellows for 2014. Cotton joins a select group of nurses from across the country chosen to participate in the final cohort of this world-class, three-year leadership development program that is enhancing the effectiveness of nurse leaders who are working to improve the United States health care system.
A native of Hampden, Maine, Cotton obtained her nursing degrees from the University of Maine and University of Southern Maine. She is active in national leadership, currently serving as co-chair of the American Academy of Nursing’s Expert Panel on Aging and immediate past president of the National Gerontological Nursing Association. Cotton is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, Maine Gerontological Society, and a recipient of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Geriatric Nursing Leadership Award.
Begun by RWJF in 1998, the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows (ENF) program strengthens the leadership capacity of nurses who aspire to shape health care in their communities, states and nationally. The program will provide Cotton and her colleagues with coaching, education, and other support to strengthen their abilities to lead teams and organizations working to improve health and health care.
The ENF program is located at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), and co-directed by: Linda Cronenwett, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean emerita and professor at the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and David Altman, PhD, executive vice president and managing director at CCL.
“At this moment, when the role of nurses in providing care and promoting health is expanding and our country’s health care system is being transformed, we need nurse leaders with the strongest skills possible,” Cronenwett said. “The RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program is enhancing the leadership skills of talented nurses all across the country. Our alumni are a virtual ‘who’s who’ of accomplished, prestigious nurses, and we know that Amy Cotton and the other members of the 2014 RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows cohort will do a tremendous amount to improve health care and build a culture of health in the United States.”
“I am honored to be selected for this executive nursing program. Health care today requires nurses prepared for key leadership positions in an era of transformation, innovation and an urgent need to improve health outcomes and patient experiences for our communities, while lowering overall health care costs,” Cotton said.
Executive Nurse Fellows hold senior leadership positions in health services, scientific and academic organizations, public health and community-based organizations or systems, and professional, governmental, and policy organizations. They continue in their current positions during their fellowships, and each develops, plans, and implements a new initiative to improve health care delivery in her or his community.
The full list of 2014 RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows—selected from more than 100 applicants—follows:
• Jeffrey Adams, PhD, RN, director, Center for Innovations in Care Delivery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts;
• Aara Amidi-Nouri, PhD, RN, associate professor, chair of the BSN program, and director of diversity, Samuel Merritt University School of Nursing, Oakland, California;
• Debra Arnow, DNP, RN, NE-BC, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska;
• Debbie Chatman Bryant, DNP, RN, director of partnerships for healthcare quality research at Medical University of South Carolina and director of outreach and community relations at Hollings Cancer Center, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina;
• Rosina Cianelli, PhD, MPH, FAAN, associate professor, School of Nursing and Health Studies, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida;
• Bonnie Clipper, DNP, MA, MBA, vice president and chief nursing officer, Medical Center of the Rockies, Loveland, Colorado;
• Amy Cotton, MSN, FNP-BC, FAAN, director of operations and senior service quality, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, Bangor, Maine;
• Malia Davis, MSN, RN, director of nursing services and clinical team development, Clinica Family Health Services, Lafayette, Colorado;
• Joy Deupree, PhD, MSN, WHNP-BC, assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, senior advisor for policy for the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama;
• Jeffrey Doucette, DNP, RN, CEN, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer, Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital, Newport News, Virginia;
• Kate FitzPatrick, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, nursing clinical director, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
• Rebecca Freeman, PhD, RN, PMP, chief nursing information officer and manager of nursing informatics, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina;
• Jill Goldstein, RN, MA, MS, vice president, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, New York, New York;
• Darcy Jaffe, MN, ARNP, NE-BC, chief nursing officer and senior associate administrator, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington Medicine, Seattle, Washington;
• Kathleen Johnson, DNP, RN-BC, NCSN, manager of student health services, Seattle Public Schools, Seattle, Washington;
• Suzanne Miyamoto, PhD, RN, director of government affairs and health policy, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, District of Columbia;
• Teri Pipe, PhD, RN, dean, College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona;
• Casey Shillam, PhD, RN-BC, associate professor and nursing program director, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington;
• Elizabeth Stambolis, BSN, MS, CPNP, director of pediatric and adolescent medicine, Health Care for the Homeless, Inc., Baltimore, Maryland; and
• Tami Wyatt¸ PhD, RN, CNE, associate professor, College of Nursing, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Knoxville, Tennessee.
The fellowship is supported through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
For more information about the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program visit: www.ExecutiveNurseFellows.org.