Frequently Asked Questions

1. How are the applications reviewed?
Applications are reviewed by a national panel of leaders in gerontologic nursing who will independently score each application based on the following criteria:

  • Fellow's leadership potential
  • Fellow's commitment to the advancement of geriatric nursing
  • Leadership Mentor’s ability to foster the Fellow’s leadership development
  • Quality of the proposed interprofessional leadership project
  • Employing organization’s support

2. How should I select a Leadership Mentor?
Applicants should select a Leadership Mentor who is an experienced leader and demonstrates the following characteristics:

  • Has extensive leadership experience
  • Possesses mentorship knowledge and expertise to guide and support the Fellow’s leadership journey
  • Demonstrates success as a mentor as evidenced by the accomplishments of prior mentees
  • Is able to create new networking opportunities and assist with navigating organization structure and culture
  • Is able to listen and provide feedback to assist throughout the Fellow’s leadership journey

3. What if my Leadership Mentor cannot attend both workshops?
Your selected Leadership Mentor must be able to attend both workshops. If they are not available to attend both workshops, you must select a different Leadership Mentor.
4. Should I interview Leadership Mentor candidates?
Yes, it may be helpful to interview several possible candidates to determine whether there is a good fit between the Leadership Mentor’s style and the Fellow’s needs.  Discussing the time commitment required for this relationship and the expectations of the GNLA would be beneficial.
5. What should I look for in a Leadership Mentor?
The Leadership Mentor should be someone who is focused upon your leadership development, not only on the project. Your Leadership Mentor should be someone who is able to provide you with guidance and feedback in a manner that promotes your growth as a leader.
6. Does my Leadership Mentor have to be a nurse?
No. The GNLA encourages the Fellows to develop interprofessional relationships. A Leadership Mentor from another discipline can provide valuable opportunities for the Fellow to develop linkages with other professionals involved in the health and health care of older adults.
7. Does my Leadership Mentor need to be an expert in gerontology or geriatrics?
No. Leadership Mentors who are experienced leaders in health care and related fields or in academia including administrators, quality experts, risk managers and policy experts, to name a few examples, can provide valuable mentorship experiences for Fellows.
8. What should I tell my Leadership Mentor about the expectations for their involvement in the program?
Leadership Mentors must attend both GNLA workshops. They will need to be in regular contact with you throughout the GNLA experience through in-person meetings or conference calls (weekly for the first six months and then twice monthly for the remaining 12 months). In addition, they will be expected to attend two 1-day site visits with a GNLA Faculty Advisor scheduled during the program, and to complete mid-point and final evaluations.
9. Should I work with my Leadership Mentor on my GNLA application and project summary?
The GNLA encourages Fellows to work collaboratively with their Leadership Mentors on both the application and the project summary. 
10. Should I work with my direct supervisor in the development of my GNLA application and project summary?
Yes. By involving your direct supervisor in the development of your GNLA application and project summary, they will gain an awareness of the time and support that you will require for successful participation in the Academy. This understanding and support should be reflected in your application from your organization.
11. What if I haven't been a formal leader in my organization? Should I still apply?
Yes. The most effective leaders in an organization are not always the “formal” leaders. Informal leaders who influence others because of their expertise and people skills are very important. Many more formal and informal nurse leaders are needed in local, national and international settings to advance older persons' health care interests and benefits.
12. How detailed should my interprofessional project plan be?
You need to include enough detail so that the review panel can evaluate the potential of the project to advance your leadership journey and have a positive impact on the health or health care of older adults. We expect that your project may evolve over time as you work with your Leadership Mentor and Faculty Advisor.
13. What kind of financial support does the GNLA provide?
Hill-Rom provide generous support to assist the Fellow and Leadership Mentor pair with the expenses associated with participation in the academy. The following costs for the Fellow and Leadership Mentor pair are covered by this support:

  • Workshop materials
  • Lodging for Workshop I, Workshop II and Sigma Biennial Convention
  • Breakfast and lunch at Workshops I and II
  • Faculty expenses associated with the site visits

14. Who is responsible for covering the expenses for my Leadership Mentor?
Several of your Leadership Mentor’s expenses will be covered by the GNLA (see question 13). Transportation to the workshops, site visits (if Leadership Mentor does not work in your organization) and Sigma Biennial Convention will be at your Leadership Mentor’s expense. 
15. Does my employer have to cover any of the GNLA expenses?
Yes. They will need to provide you with the time off to attend the workshops and Sigma Biennial Convention plus assist you in covering your transportation costs and some meals. 
16. What represents a strong Letter of Support from my employing organization?
A strong Letter of Support will describe how your employing organization will support you throughout the 18-month Academy and sustain the Gerontologic Nursing Leadership Academy project outcomes by indicating:

  • Support for your participation in the GNLA
  • Support for the attainment of the identified GNLA leadership project goals (time, resources, etc.)
  • Financial commitment for your participation

17. What is the return on investment on financial commitment that the Leadership Mentor’s employer makes for participation in the GNLA?
Expanded leadership capacity of the geriatric nursing workforce as a critical element in improving health care for a rapidly aging population.
18. Who should submit the application?
The Fellow will complete and submit the application. The Fellow is encouraged to work with the Leadership Mentor and supervisor on the application submission.
19. May I e-mail or fax the application?
No. All applications must be submitted via the online application system.

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