The current cohort of Sigma Academies will begin in April 2021. We anticipate the call for applications for the 2022 Academies will take place in the third quarter of 2021. Please complete the academy interest form to receive updates on the next cohort.  

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 an academy mentor to guide them through their leadership development and project planning, development, and implementation processes.
  • Scholars have the opportunity to activity participate in a 2 ½ day intensive event during the academy led by leaders and education experts from academe and clinical practice. Scholars will have the option to attend the intensive event in-person (in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA) or virtually.

  • Communicate monthly, at a minimum, with academy mentor.
  • Attend at least one monthly topic webinar/educational presentations for the Nurse Educator Development Academy and complete assigned educational activities.

  • Design, manage, and implement a new teaching-related strategy or method.

  • Disseminate project outcomes, sustainability, and/or improved educational skills and acumen, related to Nurse Educator Development Academy experience in conjunction with Sigma staff.