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September 17, 2012

Beth Bolick, DNP, coordinator of the acute care pediatric nurse practitioner program at Rush University College of Nursing, has been named one of only 20 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellows, and Susan Breitenstein, PhD, assistant professor at the Rush College of Nursing, is one of just 12 outstanding nursing educators to win the RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars program grant this year.

Executive Nurse Fellows Program

Bolick joins a select group of nurse leaders chosen to participate in a three-year, world-class leadership development program that is enhancing nurse leaders

Begun by RWJF in 1998, the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program strengthens the leadership capacity of nurses who aspire to shape health care locally and nationally. The program will provide Bolick and her colleagues with coaching, education and other support to strengthen their abilities to lead teams and organizations in improving health and healthcare.

Nurse Faculty Scholars Program

Breitenstein was chosen for the prestigious RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars Program, intended to advance the careers of promising junior nurse faculty. With the grant, Breitenstein plans to develop and test a digital parent training program for low-income parents of young children. She will receive a three-year, $350,000 award to promote her academic career and support her research.

The digital adaptation of the evidence-based program that Breitenstein will work on will be developed for distribution through an application on the Android tablet. Breitenstein hopes that developing the program for a tablet will make it more available to busy parents. She and her colleagues will also be asking parents to evaluate the program to learn whether it changes parenting behaviors and if they find it useful.

Supporting junior nurse faculty through the grants provided by the Nurse Faculty Scholars Program will help curb a shortage of nurse educators that could undermine the health and health care of all Americans. The Affordable Care Act will vastly increase the number of people who can access health care in the United States. As the number of patients increases, there will be greater demand for skilled nurses as well as faculty to educate them.

Currently, many schools of nursing are turning away qualified applicants because they do not have the faculty to teach them. The RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars program is helping more junior faculty succeed in, and commit to, academic careers. The program will also enhance the stature of the scholars. 

About Rush University

Rush University is a private, health sciences university offering more than 30 unique degree or certificate options in medicine, nursing, allied health and biomedical research. Rush University is comprised of Rush Medical College, the College of Nursing, the College of Health Sciences, and the Graduate College.

Founded in 1972, Rush University, with more than 2,000 students, is the academic component of Rush University Medical Center. The university is distinct for its practitioner-teacher model, translational research, nurturing academic environment and focus on community and global health. Seven programs in the College of Nursing and three programs in the College of Health Sciences are ranked among the top 18 nationwide in the 2012 edition of the “America’s Best Graduate Schools” survey published annually by U.S. News & World Report

Rush is a not-for-profit health care, education and research enterprise comprising Rush University Medical Center, Rush University, Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush Health.

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and healthcare issues facing our country. As the nationxclusively to health and healthcare, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable and timely change. For 40 years, the Foundation has brought experience, commitment and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and healthcare of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. For more information, visit


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