Marian K. Shaughnessy Nurse Leadership Academy at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing partners with nursing organizations, finance group to launch first class

An innovative five-part program designed to enhance and expand the development of senior nurse executive leaders will welcome its first incoming class of nurse executives to Cleveland in August 2020.

The Coldiron Senior Nurse Executive Fellowship Program was developed by the Marian K. Shaughnessy Nurse Leadership Academy of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in partnership with the American Nurses Association (ANA), the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).

“All of us representing the Marian K. Shaughnessy Nurse Leadership Academy are pleased to join our colleagues in launching this new program,” said Joyce. J. Fitzpatrick, inaugural director of the new academy, which was announced in June 2018 and supported by a $5 million gift from Shaughnessy and her husband, Michael. “It is our goal to add value to existing programs for senior nurse executives.”

Fitzpatrick thanked donors Arnold and Wanda Coldiron and said she and the academy were “especially indebted” to Marian K. Shaughnessy, who died Feb. 24 and “whose leadership and passion sparked this initiative and carried us forward throughout all phases of our planning,”

Carol M. Musil, dean of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, said: “This partnership creates unprecedented opportunities for nursing leadership development. It will have a transformative impact on the Coldiron fellows and the future of nursing and health care.”

Applications for the Coldiron Senior Nurse Executive Fellowship Program will be available online from the leadership academy.

The application deadline is June 1. Final admission decisions will be made on June 30.

Fellowship ‘a testament to power of nursing’

The curriculum will cover quality and safety competencies, care coordination, wellness, public communication, executive presence, financial acumen, and understanding and leading change.

“Nurse leaders are integral players in not only the delivery of quality patient care, but also operational excellence across diverse health care settings,” said ANA President Ernest J. Grant. “The Coldiron Senior Nurse Executive Fellowship Program is a testament to the power of nursing and nurses’ role as change agents in health care.”

The program is open to nurse executives with at least five years of experience at the most senior level in health services, public health and community-based organizations or systems, as well as professional, governmental and policy organizations.

“The changing health paradigm requires a systematic approach to the core challenges facing patient populations,” said AONL CEO Robyn Begley. “The Coldiron Senior Nurse Executive Fellowship Program will provide an inclusive experience for executive nurse leaders to master the skills needed to advance the health system transformation.”

The three-day inaugural session, scheduled for Aug. 22-24 at the Marian K. Shaughnessy Nurse Leadership Academy, will be followed by sessions to be held in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and Cleveland over a 15-month period.

“We are pleased to partner with our nursing colleagues to leverage the strengths each organization brings to professional development,” said HFMA President and CEO Joseph J. Fifer. “Interprofessional collaboration promotes better leadership, and better leadership is the key to delivering safe, effective high-quality care.”


For more information, contact Mike Scott at mike.scott@case.edu