Jason Gabarino and Bonni Martin

Garbarino and Martin Named Leadership Fellows

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Thursday April 17, 2014

New Program Will Provide Leadership Training to 25 Nurses

 Recently, the Vermont Action Coalition announced the selection of Jason Garbarino and Bonni Martin, both South Burlington residents, as two of  25 Vermont Nurse Leadership Fellows. 

At a time when few nurses serve on boards of directors, this class of Vermont Nurse Leadership Fellows will be prepared to seek board positions under the leadership of Betty Rambur, PhD, RN, professor of nursing and health policy, University of Vermont. They will learn leadership skills, strategies for career development, how health policy is developed and implemented, and other essential information. More than 50 Vermont nurses were nominated for the program, and 25 have been selected.

“This program will prepare the nurse fellows to lead and inform health care decision-making by leveraging their frontline perspective and providing additional insight into the business and financing of health care,” said Mary Val Palumbo, DNP, APRN, associate professor of nursing, University of Vermont and co-lead of the Vermont Action Coalition. 

Garbarino works at University of Vermont and Bonni Martin is employed by Fletcher Allen Health Care.

The Vermont Nurse Leadership Fellows program is made possible by a Future of Nursing State Implementation Program (SIP) grant, received in December 2014. The $4.5 million SIP  initiative helps states prepare the nursing profession to address our nation’s most pressing health care challenges—access, quality, and cost. The Vermont Action Coalition’s SIP grant is aimed specifically at making more Vermont nurses available to serve on committees and boards, including state and local government boards and commissions, elected offices, and hospital and community boards.  

The Vermont Action Coalition is led by Palumbo and Jan Carney, MD, MPH, professor of medicine and associate dean for public health, University of Vermont.

About the Vermont Action Coalition: The Vermont Action Coalition is part of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a nationwide movement to improve health and health care through nursing. An initiative of AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Campaign includes Action Coalitions in 50 states and the District of Columbia working to implement the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing recommendations. Learn more at www.campaignforaction.org.