Nurse Executive Fellowship

The AONL Nurse Executive Fellowship is a highly interactive nine-month program designed for nurses new to senior executive roles. Participants in the fellowship will develop critical executive competencies to lead in complex systems and to influence and inspire the nursing workforce and others.

This program uses expert faculty, thoughtful dialogue with peers, experiential simulation methodology and situational analysis to engage participants and equip them to address the challenges that nurse executives face.

Participants complete a validated personality assessment process used extensively in the corporate world and adapted for use in health care. Results indicating usual tendencies, stress tendencies and motivators are discussed 1:1 with a certified coaching professional.

Develop the Following Skills

  • Strategic thinking and decision making
  • Executive presence and C-suite communication skills
  • Methods for innovation and change leadership
  • Governance and board relations
  • Executive business skills and how to leverage big data

Who should apply?

Novice senior nurse executives with 0 to three years of experience in an executive role, including CNO, VP of Patient Services, System Director and COO.

The fellowship includes:

  • Three intensive face-to-face meetings
  • Webinars and virtual small groups
  • Validated personality assessment with 1:1 coaching
  • Cohort of peers
  • Opportunity to earn a Certificate in Executive Leadership from AONL
  • Registration to the AONE 2019 annual meeting


AONL Member $13,000 | Non-member $14,000

The program fee includes three face-to-face meetings, webinars, personality assessment with 1:1 coaching session, and registration fees for the AONE 2019 annual meeting. The fellow is responsible for all additional expenses including travel, accommodations and meals not provided during the meeting sessions.

2019 Face-to-Face Schedule

2020 application period opens in June.

Continuing Education Contact Hours

Accreditation Statement

This fellowship is approved for continuing nursing education contact hours. Fellows will earn a minimum of 50 contact hours with the opportunity to earn more. The American Organization for Nursing Leadership is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Contact AONL for questions or if you are interested in future courses.