This article is the third in 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. Part 1 (October 2005) described the program, its core leadership competencies, and the primary components. Part 2 (December 2005) discussed the mentor experience that is a cornerstone of the 3-year fellowship program. Fellows are encouraged to have this experience with senior level executives outside healthcare to broaden their leadership perspectives. Part 3 explains the requirement that fellows create a business plan for their leadership project to develop the skills needed to present a strong business case for a new venture or program.
Authors' affiliation: Professor, School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md and Senior Consultant, RWJ Executive Nurse Fellows Program (Dr Fralic), and Deputy Director (Ms Morjikian), RWJ Executive Nurse Fellows Program, Center for the Health Professions, University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco, Calif.
Corresponding author: Ms Morjikian, Center for the Health Professions, University of California-San Francisco, 3333 California Street, Suite 410, San Francisco, CA 94118 (email@example.com).