Applications are open!

We are now accepting applications for Sigma Academies 2023-2024 Cohort. Please see the Before You Begin (Application Process) section below for a list of information you will need to provide.

The deadline to apply is 7 October 2022.


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Academy Purpose and Overview

While Sigma recognizes all nurses are leaders, this academy is not focused on leadership development. The focus of this academy is on enhancing the skills and teaching knowledge of those who do not have formalized educational background in nursing education, but who teach in a classroom and or clinical setting. Through the academy, participants will be given the tools and resources to develop new teaching skills and refine and bolster confidence in current skills. 

Scholars accepted into the academy will participate in a 2 ½ day intensive, up to two monthly web-based interactive discussions, and networking and collaborative opportunities. 

The academy curriculum is mapped to the World Health Organization (WHO) Nurse Educator Core Competencies, the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) graduate competencies, the Nursing Professional Development Certification test blueprint, and the National League for Nursing’s Certified Nurse Educator® and the Academic Clinical Nurse Educator Certification (CNE®cl) test blueprints. 

The Nurse Educator Development Academy is a 12-month mentored experience.

The goal of the academy is to provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and tools to:

  • Become a facilitator of online and classroom learning.
  • Effectively function within education and healthcare environments.
  • Successfully use assessment and evaluation strategies to enhance processes and outcomes.
  • Participate in curriculum design and development, and program outcome implementation and evaluation.
  • Incorporate the use of technology, including simulation, in preparing students or nurses for nursing practice.
  • Integrate multidisciplinary professionals into educational programs.

The Nurse Educator Development Academy will focus on key areas of education development, including but not limited to: 

  • Role transition
  • Scarcity of clinical experiences
  • Designing curriculum
  • Education techniques
  • Test construction and evaluation
  • Facilitating learning

“It [Sigma’s Academy] equipped me with the tools and the confidence to shatter a perceived glass ceiling. It catapulted me to function on a much higher level, and it also widened my professional network.”

Leann Horsley, PhD, RN, CHSE, CNE

Scholars accepted into the Nurse Educator Development Academy will:

  • Select a mentor who will guide them through their leadership development journey over the 12-month period (If needed, Sigma can assist in locating a mentor)
  • Communicate monthly, at a minimum, with their mentor
  • Attend one of the three offered Orientation meetings scheduled for the following dates:
    • 12 April 2023 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time
    • 12 April 2023 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time
    • 13 April 2023 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Actively participate in a 2 ½ day intensive event during the academy. This Intensive will be led by leaders and education experts from academe and clinical practice. Scholars will attend the intensive virtually. Intensive dates are scheduled for:
    • 11-13 May 2023 
  • Design a personal professional development plan based upon leadership self-assessment and areas you need assistance, with guidance from their mentor
  • Attend/participate in monthly webinar/educational presentations for Sigma Academies, as well as Nurse Educator Development Academy per the Academy Schedule
  • Design, manage, and implement a team driven, education/professional development based project which meets the project criteria.
  • Disseminate improved professional, education, and leadership skills, and acumen, related to the Nurse Educator Development Academy experience at the Nurse Leaders Virtual Summit, scheduled for April 2024
  • Disseminate on project outcomes, process, sustainability, and/or personal, professional, or  leadership growth.