Selection Criteria and Process

We will select applicants to the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program based on the following criteria:

  • A strong professional record that reflects positions of increasing leadership responsibility and the potential to achieve higher levels of leadership effectiveness.
  • Vision, passion and capability to make a substantial impact on health and health care.
  • Insight, courage and evidence of a commitment to lifelong growth and development.
  • Capacity and willingness to learn in collaboration with other Executive Nurse Fellows through action, reflection, feedback and support.
  • Commitment (from the employing organization and individual) for the fellow’s continuing employment and active engagement in three consecutive years of structured learning, self-study and project activity.

The NPO will screen applications and forward those that meet the selection criteria to the national advisory committee (NAC) for review. The NAC conducts face-to-face interviews with semi-finalists and then makes recommendations to the Foundation. RWJF reviews the NAC recommendations and makes final decisions.