Miller Foundation Fellowships

The Samuel H. and Maria Miller Postdoctoral Fellowship Program addresses the shortage of nurses in leadership positions by preparing the future of executive leaders in nursing and healthcare. The program targets nurses who occupy essential leadership roles in healthcare delivery and academic nursing. The goal of the program is to provide participants with leadership skills to affect positive change. Case Western Reserve alumna and faculty member Linda Q. Everett, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, FAONL leads the program. Dr. Everett brings a wealth of experience as a former Vice President, Chief Nursing Executive, and past president of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership.

“The Miller Fellowship program allowed me to receive mentorship from experienced leaders, meet other fellows in similar career paths, and access resources to develop leadership skills.” – Abeer Al Blooshi, United Arab Emirates

“The Miller program brought together nursing executives from all over the world, allowing for meaningful global discussions and equipping her with knowledge to implement transformative changes.” – Catrina Heffernan, Ireland

“The Miller Postdoctoral Fellowship program provides postdoctoral researchers with the resources and support they need to develop their skills as researchers and as leaders.” – Nader Alnomasy, Saudi Arabia

The Samuel H. and Maria Miller Post-Doctoral Fellowship program is designed for current nursing executives who are looking to fast-track their development and prepare for leadership positions. It aims to address the looming leadership gap in the nursing profession and to prepare fellows to navigate the unique challenges facing healthcare. The program has a national and global influence and aims to enhance the leadership presence and skills of the entire Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing team through its onsite training sessions.

The curriculum consists of 6 credits including a 1-credit practicum with a global nurse leader. The program incorporates both asynchronous and synchronous virtual classes.

Advanced Leadership and Management in Health Care Organizations (2 credits)

  • Strategic Leadership and Management at the System Level
  • Influence of the External Environment on Organizations
  • Interorganizational Relationships
  • Executive Decision Making Processes
  • Societal Impact
  • Organizational Culture
  • Corporate Ethics
  • Conflict, Power and Politics
  • Global Environment

Transformational Leadership (3 credits)

  • Transformational Leadership: Introduction
  • Transformational Leadership: Another Lens
  • Transformational Frameworks
  • Implementation Science
  • Associations and Boards
  • Executive Presence
  • Innovation and Visioning
  • Finance for Nurse Executives
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Policy
  • Media Presence
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Entrepreneurial Thinking

Q. What are the dates?
A.  512 will take place in the summer, 612 in the fall, and 611 in the spring.

Q. What does it cost? Is there financial support?
Student support provided, in part, by the generosity of the Samuel H. and Maria Miller Foundation.

Q. How will the cohort meet?
A: The cohort meetings all take place virtually through Zoom.

Q. How much work is there?
A: The Fellowship requires adequate preparation before each cohort meeting including readings from papers and textbooks. Materials will be shared ahead of time through a Learning Management System called Canvas.

To view a list of current and previous participants of the Samuel H. and Maria Miller Post-Doctoral and DNP Fellowship programs, visit the "Meet the Miller Fellows" webpage.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing is already a nationally ranked, innovative degree program. But with the help of funding by the Samuel H. and Maria Miller Foundation, select DNP students can take an executive leadership track designed to develop nurse leaders who aspire to the role of system chief nurse executive (CNE).

The system chief nurse executive role is primarily accountable for systemwide leadership, and is a subspecialty of nursing leadership and therefore requires its own set of skills and competencies. These abilities, knowledge and behaviors are acquired through experience and education.

This CNE track will incorporate the Core Competencies of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) with a creative approach to achieving the highest of executive level leadership.

This executive leadership track requires an additional interview.

Why Choose CWRU?

  • Flexible format
  • Choice location for classes
  • Globally recognized faculty
  • Nationally ranked DNP program
  • Expand the focus of your leadership

DNP Program Overview

  • 34 total credits including executive leadership courses
  • Intended for post-master’s students
  • 3 fully online classes
  • Distance friendly

Click here for a brochure on the DNP CNE program.

Ready to Apply?

Applications for the Miller Post-Doctoral Fellowship program are available through the CWRU application.

For first-time and returning users, please use this link to log in or create a profile.

For more information about non-degree applicants to CWRU, visit the FPB Admissions page.

Contact Us

Linda Q. Everett, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, FAONL
Visiting Professor, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Marian K. Shaughnessy Nurse Leadership Academy