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Opening the E3 Fellowship Program with the Emerging Leaders Program

Press Release

We welcome you to read the following letter to our NurseTRUST Colleagues and Friends announcing the new Fellowship program powered by the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow Alumni and in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership.

Letter to Colleagues and Friends

Accessible, individualized, high-quality care is dependent on exceptional nursing leadership. The pipeline of nurse leaders must be developed and sustained in order for nursing to be full partners in decision making related to the health of our population and our health care system. NurseTRUST is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to engage nurses in life-changing leadership. Our purpose is to add unparalleled value through trusted and collaborative relationships, to inspire and equip nurse to lead courageously to advance health and healthcare at local, regional and national levels.

The NurseTRUST E3 Fellowship Program will focus on three levels of nurse leaders: 1) Emerging Leaders; 2) Experienced Leaders, and 3) Executive Leaders. The initial cohort will be the Emerging Leaders program. Key components of the programs include structured education through webinars, 360 degree assessment, mentorship by RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows, a learning project individualized to the leader participant, cohort experiences including team building, and an in-person session at the annual NurseTRUST Summit.

Click here to see highlights of the full program

What is the NurseTRUST Emerging Leaders Program?
The NurseTRUST Emerging Leaders Program is for high potential nurse leaders preparing to move into a new or first time leadership role, those early in their leadership role, and/or those transitioning to leadership in a new context or setting. The program was developed by the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), in collaboration with NurseTRUST, and is based on CCL’s successful Frontline Leader Impact Program. CCL is a global leader in leadership development and has collaborated with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and NurseTRUST for many years. Click here to see a case study from CCL about the impact of Leadership Development for Executive Nurses

Click here to see the program brochure in partnership with the CCL

In its eight-month virtual interactive format (see above schematic), the NurseTRUST Emerging Leaders Program focuses on six key competencies that are essential for emerging leaders to master: self-awareness, learning agility, communication, political savvy, influencing outcomes, and motivating others. Each leader will receive a customized, personalized and human-centered leadership program.

Benefits to Participants include:

  • Gain a detailed picture of your personal strengths and challenges 
  • Achieve skills on how to listen, speak, and write clearly and consistently for maximum impact
  • Integrate techniques for influencing others effectively to gain cooperation and get things done
  • Design strategies for inspiring commitment and building strong working relationships
  • Develop a long-term Leadership Growth Plan that's actionable and measurable 

Benefits to Sponsoring Organizations include:

  • Better preparing new front line leaders: Those new to leadership roles or transitioning to a new setting or context will be better prepared from day one for the challenges and complexities facing health care leaders now and in the future. These newly prepared leaders will then mentor others in your organization.
  • Return on Investment: Participants will learn from and develop ongoing relationships with other new leaders across the country that will bring new ideas and innovations into your organization/health system. 
  • Better recruitment: Investing in staff leadership development can pay dividends and encourage well prepared nurses to join your organization and increase the quality, safety, and equity of the care provided. 


Program Costs and Application:
The cost for the Emerging Leaders program is $3,500. This includes the eight month virtual program, registration for the NurseTRUST Summit, and personalized mentor guidance throughout the program. The Leader’s organizational sponsor is responsible for travel and lodging to the Annual Summit and for providing release time for the Leader to fully participate in the virtual program sessions and the Annual Summit.

Program Timeline for the 22-23 Cohort

  • December 5, 2022: Selected semi-final applicants notified and invited to schedule a virtual interview with members of the Program Review Committee.
  • December 27, 2022 to January 10, 2023: Virtual interviews with semi-finalists.
  • February 6, 2023: Finalists notified.
  • Feb 2023: Planning & Pre-Work Begins with personal reflection, welcome and connecting with cohort, meeting with mentors, and identifying leadership challenge.
  • March 12-14, 2023: NurseTRUST Summit in NOLA (attendance at the Summit is required).
  • September 2023: Program completion for the initial cohort

How are NurseTRUST Fellows selected?
Nurse leaders from all healthcare sectors are encouraged to apply, including but not limited to hospital, long-term care, community care centers, public health, mental health, academia, business, government, self-employed, etc. Highly diverse cohorts are sought with 24 leaders per cohort. NurseTRUST embrace diversity, equity and inclusion and we encourage applicants with diverse backgrounds to apply to the NurseTRUST E3 Fellowship Program. Most importantly, each applicant must aspire to lead and shape health care locally and nationally.

Applicants will be screened, interviewed, and selected by the NurseTRUST E3 Fellowship Committee.

Fellows are assigned to a mentor for the duration of the program. Mentors are alumni of the RWJ Executive Nurse Fellow program.

Contact Us
For questions about the program, please contact us at [email protected] or 859-514-9164.

Learn more about the program through the following resources and documents 


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