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Duke Hospital Chief Operating Officer Tapped for Fellowship

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DURHAM, N.C. -– Brenda Nevidjon, chief operating officer of Duke University Hospital, has been selected for one of 15 positions in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows Program. Nevidjon was chosen from a field of more than 140 candidates for the three-year fellowship designed for experienced nurses with the skills and potential to lead and shape the nation's health care system of the future, according to the foundation.

Fellows were chosen from candidates from across the country who hold executive positions in health services, public health and nursing education. The program aims to help them gain the experiences, insights and skills necessary to achieve leadership positions while remaining with their current employers.

"Nurses are uniquely prepared to take on leadership positions in a health care system undergoing unprecedented changes," said Terrance Keenan of the foundation. "We hope this program will help talented nurses hone the skills they need to lead."

Nevidjon, whose nursing and hospital management experience spans 20 years, was named chief operating officer at Duke two years ago. She is the first nurse to hold the executive position at Duke.

"We're delighted Brenda's been chosen for this fellowship," said Michael D. Israel, CEO of Duke University Hospital. "It recognizes her great abilities and achievement in health care."

While in the fellowship program, Nevidjon will work with a senior executive mentor and complete the core leadership curriculum, workshops and seminars and an individual learning project. The program focuses on five elements of leadership crucial in health care, according to the foundation, including self knowledge, strategic vision, risk taking and creativity, interpersonal and communication effectiveness, and managing change.

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