Nursing Professor Selected for Prestigious Leadership Program

APRIL 2, 2015 – A Georgetown nursing alumna and instructor of nursing at the School of Nursing & Health Studies has been selected for a prestigious leadership training program.

Lois Wessel (G’97), MS, RN, CFNP, who teaches in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program, earned acceptance as a Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program Fellow, which she will hold for the 2015-2016 program year.

“As a fellow, you will receive cutting edge leadership and management training geared specifically to nurse leaders who are ready for advancement and have a passion for improved care for their patients and their communities,” Anh N. Tran, PhD, MPH, the program’s director, wrote in the acceptance letter.

Shaping Health Care

Wessel will participate in three leadership development retreats in Durham, N.C.; develop, implement, and evaluate a transformational health project related to health and well-being; and take part in distance education, project coaching, and leadership coaching activities.

“I want to be able to promote the role of the APRN serving populations newly insured under the Affordable Care Act,” says Wessel. “It will be great to be with other APRNs who bring unique experiences and are helping shape the new health care world.”

‘Significant Role’

Patricia Cloonan, PhD, RN, interim dean of the School of Nursing & Health Studies, congratulated Wessel.

“Advanced practice nurses play a significant role in our health system,” Cloonan says. “Focused attention on patient-centered care and outcomes reflects the reality of the health care field today, as well as the enduring values of our school. I am thrilled that Lois has been selected for this prestigious program, where she can further explore her passion and sharpen her leadership skills.”

The Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program is a partnership between Duke University School of Medicine, Duke University School of Nursing, and Johnson & Johnson. 

By Bill Cessato