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Administrative Nursing Fellowship

Program Overview


The Administrative Nursing Fellowship is a two-year opportunity working with the Chief Nursing Officer and senior nursing leaders of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Hospitals and Clinics. This position will gain broad exposure to an academic medical center and develop a better understanding of operations, finances, physician services, and patient care services while working on various in-depth projects. The Nurse Fellow will follow the same See One, Do One, Lead One Structure as the non-clinical administrative fellow.  For more information, please clicik the link titled "Administrative Fellowship" to the left. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Demonstrates ability to implement change for positive outcomes.
  • Documents service standards in appropriate format.
  • Creates and provides training and educational tools for use throughout entity.
  • Utilizes effective communication skills to guide staff/teams toward an improved outcome.
  • Gathers/Analyzes and presents data to guide future outcomes.
  • Gathers data during assessment phase and gains an understanding of departmental functions.
  • Uses benchmarking tools to compare activities of internal departments to the ideal standard.
  • Uses analyses to develop productivity targets, performance measures and redesign the workflow process.
  • Provides data analysis for various projects as assigned.
  • Identifies and initiates implementation of opportunities to improve efficiencies.

Current Administrative Nursing Fellows


Year 1 (2020-2022)

Melissa McCoy 

RN-BC, MSN - Health Systems Management 

Johns Hopkins University


Year 2 (2019-2021)

Kate Burger

RN, MSN - Nursing Leadership & Management

Walden University

Application Information

Applicant Requirements

Applicants to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Administrative Nursing Fellowship Program must be:

  • Masters-level graduates from accredited programs in healthcare administration, business administration, public health, or nursing administration

  • Registered Nurse

  • Applicants must have relevant healthcare experience including internships, externships, fellowships, or direct patient care of 5 years. 


  • Applications Accepted: July 1 - September 4, 2020

  • Interview Process

    • First Round: Phone interview with current fellows, week of September 21, 2020

    • Second Round: Phone or video conference interview with Administrative Fellowship Board members, week of September 28, 2020

    • Final Round: On-site interview with Executive Leadership Team, October 18-19, 2020

      • Offers extended early November, 2020

  • Fellows start around June 28, 2021 

Application Instructions

  1. Navigate to the following link:

  2. Select “External Applicants” from the right side of the screen.

  3. Search for the job code “2006656" in the Keyword field under the tab titled “Job Search."

  4. Select the "Administrative Nurse Fellow" link listed under the Requisition Title.

  5. Select “Apply Online” and proceed with the application.

  6. Under the tab titled “Resume,” please attach your current resume as a Word or PDF document.

  7. Under the tab titled “Additional Attachments,” please attach the following:

    1. Essay responses to the following prompts (500 words limit for each prompt-1500 words total):

      1. Pick 3 words to describe yourself and explain why you chose them.

      2. What are the 3-4 things that every health system CEO should have on his or her agenda?

      3. What is the most common mistake (pick one) healthcare leaders make? How could this mistake be avoided?

    2. Three signed recommendation letters (one from a faculty member from your graduate level academic discipline, one from professional/work experience, and one additional).**

    3. Unofficial Graduate School Transcript(s).

    4. Please do not submit a cover letter.

  8. Continue to complete the application. Under the tab tilted “Work Preferences,” please select “Days” from the list of Preferred Shift options.

  9. Continue to complete the application. Under the tab titled “References,” include the names and contact information for the individuals you selected to provide the three signed recommendation letters attached previously in the application.

  10. Continue to complete and submit the application on or before September 4, 2020.

*If the individual(s) providing the recommendation(s) is uncomfortable with this electronic method of submission, please send the recommendation via mail (postmarked by September 4, 2020)  to the following address:

Administrative Fellowship Board

Vanderbilt University Medical Center Hospitals & Clinics

1301 Medical Center Drive

TVC – 3812

Nashville, TN 37232-5100                                                                                                                                                                    

All application materials must be submitted by September 4, 2020.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please email