Cheryl Jones Selected For Prestigious National Nurse Fellowship

Associate professor and chair of the Division of Health Care Environments Cheryl B. Jones, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been named one of 20 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellows for 2013.

This initiative is a “world-class, three-year leadership development program designed to enhance nurse leaders’ effectiveness in improving the United States health care system” that was started by the RWJF in 1998. Dr. Jones and her colleagues in the program will receive coaching, education, and other support to enhance their ability to lead organizations that are working toward improving health and health care.

Dr. Jones has devoted her career to studying micro- and macro-level issues in the nurse workforce. Through her research, she has examined ways to improve the work environment for nurses, inform executive practice, and to address the costs and quality of health care. Dr. Jones is well known for an innovative method she developed to measure nurse turnover costs.

“I am honored and very excited to be a part of the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program,” said Dr. Jones. “This program will provide me with valuable tools and connections that enable me to help shape the future nursing workforce, and articulate the value nurses bring in balancing the costs and quality of care. I look forward to working with the other new Fellows in my cohort and meeting the alumni of the program–a very impressive group of nursing leaders. We so badly need strong nursing leadership as health care evolves to meet society’s needs. This program will help me be a part of that transformation.”

Dr. Linda Cronenwett, PhD, RN, FAAN, Beerstecher Blackwell Term Professor and former dean of the SON, is a co-director of the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program.

“The RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program is building and enhancing the leadership skills of talented nurses around the country,” said Dr. Cronenwett. “Our alumni are a virutual ‘who’s who’ of accomplished nurses, and we know that Dr. Jones and the other members of our 2013 cohort will also make enormous contributions to improving health and health care in our country.”

To read the full press release and see a list of the 2013 RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows, click here. To read The Herald Sun story about Dr. Jones, click here.