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Two Nurse Leaders join RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows cohort

Two nurse leaders from the MUSC College of Nursing have been selected to the 2014 cohort of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellows (ENF) program, a three-year advanced leadership program for nurses who aspire to lead and shape health care locally and nationally. 
Debbie Chatman Bryant, DNP, RN, and Rebecca Freeman, PhD, RN, PMP, both clinical faculty for the college, have been named two of 20 RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows for 2014. Bryant and Freeman join more than 200 nurse leaders who have participated in the ENF program since it began in 1998. This diverse group will participate in a three-year, world-class leadership development program that is enhancing the effectiveness of nurse leaders who are working to improve the nation’s health care system. Approximately 100 applicants from around the world vied for spots as a Nurse Fellow this year.
Bryant is the director of partnerships for health care quality research at MUSC where she provides oversight for translational research efforts between the academic medical center and a federally qualified health center for clinical quality improvement and delivery. Additionally, she is the director of outreach and community relations at MUSC’s Hollings Cancer Center, as well as an adjunct clinical assistant professor in the MUSC College of Nursing. Bryant has extensive leadership experience in community health, particularly with underserved populations. She is respected for her work in building community partnerships by leading awareness efforts and facilitating quality improvement projects to increase access to health and cancer care.
Freeman is the chief nursing information officer and manager of nursing informatics at MUSC. Freeman worked exclusively in the field of information technology for 15 years, focusing the last decade of her IT career on supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, including their design, build, and maintenance, as well as the analytics, and modeling of large data sets. She made a career change in 2006 and attended nursing school, earning her BSN from MUSC in 2008. Freeman went on to pursue her PhD in nursing at MUSC while simultaneously working as a critical care nurse resident at Lexington Medical Center. In 2010, she left full-time bedside nursing and moved into an informatics role, holding a variety of positions in enterprise implementations. 
“At this moment, when the role of nurses in providing care and promoting health is expanding and our country’s health care system is being transformed, we need nurse leaders with the strongest skills possible,” Cronenwett said. “The RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program is enhancing the leadership skills of talented nurses all across the country. Our alumni are a virtual ‘who’s who’ of accomplished, prestigious nurses, and we know that every member of the 2014 RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows cohort will do a tremendous amount to improve health care and build a culture of health in the United States.”
Executive Nurse Fellows hold senior leadership positions in health services, scientific and academic organizations, public health and community-based organizations or systems, and professional, governmental, and policy organizations. They continue in their current positions during their fellowships, and each develops, plans, and implements a new initiative to improve health care delivery in her or his community.
The full list of 2014 RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows can be found at
Debbie BryantRebecca Freeman