Supporting fellows' professional development

“It’s been incredibly inspiring. I feel deeply, deeply grateful for this opportunity.”

– M. Rebecca O’Connor, 2020 fellow 

Each cohort of fellows meets online for two hours every month with the national program office to further grow and develop as leaders and innovators. Fellows are expected to attend the meetings and complete brief readings or activities prior to the session.

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Session activities

Woman on laptop computer taking a video conference call for a fellowship monthly meeting. (c) All rights reserved.Sessions are designed to support the fellow's ongoing engagement, self-reflection and proactive approaches to their leadership and innovation development journey. These sessions build and expand upon concepts introduced at the annual convocation by our expert program faculty. Faculty attend monthly sessions periodically throughout the year to revisit and expand upon topics discussed during convocation. This allows them to reinforce key components, expand the fellow's thinking to new horizons and support the fellow's application of concepts to their research and leadership roles.

Under the guidance of the national program office, the fellow uses time within the monthly meeting space to refine their research project, individual development plan and other professional development activities. Challenges, lessons learned and areas of opportunity are identified and discussed with fellow cohort members.

Nurse scientist peer networking and support

Monthly meetings provide fellows the opportunity to engage regularly throughout the program with each other, the national program office and invited speakers. The meetings build a community and peer network of nurse scientists who are willing and able to share their insights and reflections with each other. Meetings are an opportunity for fellows to support and receive support from each other, celebrate successes and brainstorm solutions to challenges.

Embracing reflection

Monthly meetings commonly include allocated time for individual and group reflection, giving fellows an opportunity to look back at accomplishments and look ahead to the future as they work on their research projects and professional development goals. These periods of reflection allow fellows an opportunity to gain insight into what’s working well and formulate strategies for building their professional networks and maximizing experiences with their mentors. Reflecting with others who share both similar and distinctly different experiences opens the door for new perspectives and a deeper understanding of alternate viewpoints.