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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Wolfe selected for prestigious national fellowship to improve health care

Associate Dean for Research Barbara Wolfe has been named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow.



A national fellowship program focused on expanding the role of nurses to lead change in the U.S. health care system has been awarded to Barbara Wolfe, PhD, RN, CS, FAAN, associate dean for research at Boston College's Connell School of Nursing. She is one of twenty nurses selected nationwide as a 2009 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellow. 

Now in its 12th year, the three-year fellowship program provides extensive leadership development for nurses in executive roles in public or community health, science and research, corporate health, academia, government or military health service. Fellows remain in their current positions while they receive training, mentoring, and the opportunity to implement innovative health care strategies in their communities.

"Nurses provide a unique perspective in the health care system, understanding both the patient experience and the way policies and procedures affect health outcomes," said Marilyn P. Chow, DNSc, RN, FAAN, the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows national program director.  "We are thrilled to have Dr. Wolfe join the 2009 group of fellows. "The experience will enable her to bring new skills and resources to improve healthcare in the Greater Boston community."

As part of the fellowship, Wolfe will have an opportunity to design and implement a leadership project to address issues of essential importance to the future of the Connell School of Nursing, as well as to the broader health care system. 

"I am honored and excited to have this opportunity to explore new solutions for advancing healthcare through interdisciplinary collaboration," said Wolfe.

Wolfe is the chair of the NIH Study Section on Nursing Science: Adults and Older Adults, and is past president of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. She also holds a faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School.

The fellowship is supported through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and matching funds from Boston College.

« Click here for more information about the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program.