Pamela Jeffries, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON), has been named one of just 21 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellows for 2011. Jeffries, DNS, RN, FAAN, joins a select group of nurse leaders from across the country chosen to participate in this world-class, three-year leadership development program designed to enhance nurse leaders’ effectiveness in improving the United States healthcare system.
“I’ve always admired the leadership skills of the people I know who have participated in the Executive Nurse Fellows program,” Jeffries says. “I believe this will be the perfect platform for my career development and advancement. I’ll be working with phenomenal leaders, and ultimately, this will strengthen the skills and ability I bring to my position as associate dean in Johns Hopkins’ School of Nursing.”
Jeffries is nationally known for her research and work in developing simulations and online teaching and learning. She served as the project director for a national simulation study funded by the National League for Nursing (NLN) and the Laerdal Corporation. She was named to the same role for a second NLN and Laerdal grant to facilitate the development of web-based courses for faculty development in simulation and a national simulation innovation resource center.
Begun by RWJF in 1998, the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program strengthens the leadership capacity of nurses who aspire to shape health care locally and nationally. The program will provide Jeffries and her colleagues with coaching, education, and other support to strengthen their abilities to lead teams and organizations in improving health and health care.
Executive Nurse Fellows hold senior leadership positions in health services, scientific and academic organizations, public health and community-based organizations or systems, and national professional, governmental, and policy organizations. They continue in their current positions during their fellowships, and during the fellowship each develops, plans, and implements a new initiative to improve health care delivery in her or his community.