Sigma has launched several new academies in 2020. The new Nurse Leadership Academy for Practice (NLAP) will replace the Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy. NLAP draws on the proven success of MCHNLA’s mentored leadership model. If you would like to receive a notification when we begin taking applications, please complete the ILI Academies Interest Form


Academy Purpose and Overview

The purpose of the Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy (MCHNLA), presented in partnership with Johnson & Johnson, is to develop the leadership skills of maternal and child health nurses and nurse midwives who work in a variety of healthcare settings across North America. The academy prepares these nurses for effective interprofessional team leadership as they strive to improve the quality of healthcare for underserved childbearing women and children up to 5 years old.

The leadership skills component of the academy is based on the research and teachings of Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, as described in The Leadership Challenge®. Their model proposes that leadership is a measurable, learnable, and teachable set of behaviors. The academy believes that these behaviors are learned best when applied to realistic settings. The academy is designed to operationalize these learned behaviors by assisting and supporting the Fellow in developing and implementing an interdisciplinary team project.


Nurses and nurse midwives accepted into the program will:

  • Select a Leadership Mentor who will guide them through their leadership development over the approximately 18-month period
  • Maintain a collegial relationship with an academy triad (Fellow, Leadership Mentor and Faculty Advisor)
  • Attend the following academy events with their chosen Leadership Mentor
    • Workshop I
      • 19 - 22 March 2018, Indianapolis, IN
    • Workshop II
      • 18 - 21 March 2019, Indianapolis, IN
    • Sigma's biennial convention and assigned academy celebration activities
      • 16 - 17 November 2019, Washington, DC
  • Facilitate two in-person site visits with triad at Fellow's organization
  • Design an individualized leadership development plan with guidance from their Leadership Mentor and Faculty Advisor (assigned by Sigma)
  • Participate in triad calls. A minimum of one (1) call per month. Additional calls may be scheduled at the discretion of the Faculty Advisor.
  • Implement and manage an interdisciplinary team leadership project that results in practice outcomes for underserved childbearing women and children up to 5 years old and aligns with the mission and vision of the Fellow’s association/organization/institution (A/O/I).

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