A Clinical Fellowship focuses on the direct development of clinical skills, knowledge and expertise of the nurse fellow. The identified “client” of a Clinical Fellowship is often the patient population of the Sponsor Organization.
A Leadership Fellowship focuses on the development of leadership skills, knowledge and expertise in the specific areas of education, management, research and policy. The identified “client” of a Leadership Fellowship is often other nurses or health care providers at the Sponsor Organization. Leadership fellowships usually require two steps to make an impact on patient care. The first step is between the Fellow and the identified “client” of the fellowship (other nurses or health care providers). This can happen through the development of an education program, or a new policy program, for example. The second step is between that same identified “client” (other nurses or health care providers) and the actual patient population of the Sponsor Organization.
Best Practice Guideline Implementation/Knowledge Transfer Fellowship
A BPG Implementation/Knowledge Transfer Fellowship focuses on the development of skills and expertise in activities related to the Implementation of RNAO's Best Practice Guidelines, knowledge transfer and uptake, and increasing capacity in the nursing profession for evidence-based practice. These fellowships will need to go the extra step of changing the practice of the fellow, as well as changing other people’s practice. Fellows will often acquire both clinical and leadership skills through these fellowships. Sponsor Organizations need to commit to a longer term than the 450-hr. fellowship and identify/describe how the best practice guideline implementation will take place, with the ACPF as one component of a larger, organizational picture. Larger organizations will be eligible to apply for two fellowships to be undertaken concurrently to achieve this goal.