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Genesys nurse named one of 20 in US to receive fellowship

(GENESEE COUNTY, MI) Grand Blanc resident Charlotte Mather, RN, director of Women and Children's Services at Genesys, is one of only 20 nurses in the United States and the only nurse in Michigan to receive The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellowship, a three-year advanced learning program for nurses in senior executive leadership roles.
After an extensive application process that included interviews in Washington, DC, from business leaders across the country, Mather (and 19 others) was selected from hundreds of nurses who applied for the fellowship.

While completing this three-year program, participating nurses will remain in their current position. The fellowship consists of structured learning, self-study and project activity that includes weeklong seminars and work with mentors as nurses gain experiences, insights, competencies and skills to advance in health care executive leadership positions.

To be considered for The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellowship, nurses must exhibit a strong professional record that reflects increasing leadership responsibility and the potential to achieve higher levels of leadership. In addition, candidates must demonstrate a commitment to advance in an executive leadership role and the capability to make a substantial impact on the health care delivery system. Vision, passion and courage are three traits all candidates must have, according to the foundation.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation established the Executive Nurse Fellow program to help ensure future challenges in health care are met by nurse leaders who have the skills and training necessary to lead change. Many nurse executives lack the advanced leadership training, mentoring and networking opportunities that are needed to handle the challenges of shaping the health care system of the future. Through this fellowship, these nurses are given an opportunity to build on their strengths and make the best use of them through the leadership development training offered by the foundation.

"Genesys is thrilled that one of our nurse leaders was selected for this national honor," reports Pam Cislo, RN, chief nursing officer for Genesys. "To have one of our own chosen to help affect health care policies and practices locally and nationally is a true honor for us. This is such a wonderful opportunity for Charlotte to learn from some of the top leaders in the country, and for Genesys who will reap the benefits of her knowledge as we undertake the health care challenges of the future."

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing this country. As the nation's largest philanthropic organization devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful and timely change. For more than 35 years, the foundation has brought experience, commitment and a rigorous and balanced approach to the problems that affect the health of those it serves. By helping Americans lead healthier lives and obtain the care they need, the foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. For more information, visit the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's web site at



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