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  1. Morjikian, Robin MPA
  2. Bellack, Janis PhD, RN, FAAN


This article is the first of a 3-part series describing the RWJ Executive Nurse Fellows Program, an advanced leadership program for nurses in senior executive roles who aspire to help lead and shape the US healthcare system of the future. This article describes the RWJ Executive Nurse Fellows program, its core leadership competencies, and the primary program components. Part 2 (December 2005) will focus on the nontraditional mentor relationships developed by fellows as part of the fellowship experience and lessons learned regarding best practices. Part 3 (February 2006) will explain how fellows are required to create a business plan for their leadership project because it is so important for nurse leaders to offer a strong business case for proceeding with a new initiative, service, or program.