Dr. Linda Yoder, associate professor and director of the nursing administration graduate concentration at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, has been named a 2011 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellow.
Yoder joins a select group of 21 leaders in the field of nursing chosen to participate in the highly competitive, three-year leadership development program. The fellowship program is designed to enhance nurse leaders' effectiveness in improving the country's health care system.
The fellows hold senior leadership positions in health services, scientific and academic organizations, public health and community-based organizations and national professional, governmental and policy organizations.
Yoder served in the Army Nurse Corps for 28 years, retiring as a colonel. She also has served at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center and a large civilian multi-hospital organization as the director of research. Her studies include examining the nursing work environment, career development of nurses and quality of life in patients with chronic illnesses.
The RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows Program provides coaching, education and other support to strengthen nurses' ability to lead teams and organizations in improving health and health care. The program collaborates with the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, N.C. and Colorado Springs, Colo.
"I am humbled to be selected to such a distinguished fellowship program, especially since we will be working with the Center for Creative Leadership, which is an internationally known leadership development organization for senior executives," said Yoder.