Sigma is evaluating its 12-month academies and is no longer accepting applications. To stay informed on academy updates, please complete the interest form. Sigma is continuing to offer many virtual academies in a variety of topics and focus areas. We encourage you to apply for one of these opportunities. 

The Nurse Leadership Academy for Practice provides a leadership development experience designed to prepare nurses at the forefront of clinical nursing practice to thrive in a rapidly changing healthcare environment.

Academy Purpose and Overview

The purpose of the Nurse Leadership Academy for Practice (NLAP) is to provide nurse leaders at the forefront of nursing practice a unique learning structure designed to prepare them to thrive in our rapidly changing healthcare environment. The academy utilizes innovative strategies needed to lead interprofessional and culturally diverse team projects to improve health outcomes throughout their various healthcare systems.   

Nurses accepted into the Nurse Leadership Academy for Practice will become academy scholars who participate in a leadership-driven, evidence-based curriculum that includes a 2½ day intensive, as well as monthly web-based learning activities that offer interactive opportunities for discussion, networking, and collaboration. Throughout this 12-month course, scholars will receive continued support from their mentor and Sigma leadership experts.

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 is designed to operationalize these learned behaviors by assisting and supporting the scholar in developing and implementing a transformational team project.

The academy curriculum is mapped to the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) core competencies and the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) nurse manager competencies.

Upon completion of all NLAP requirements you will be prepared to:
• Display a commitment to communicate effectively and collaboratively to advance and improve patient/client outcomes in healthcare organizations and systems
• Effectively use The Leadership Challenge® model as a framework and philosophy to develop strategies necessary to lead multi-generational, inter-professional, and culturally responsive practice
• Use self-assessment and self-reflection to improve knowledge and performance skills 
• Lead and design projects to operationalize organizational change and innovation that improves patient/client care outcomes, healthcare delivery processes, and cost efficiencies 
• Contribute to evidence-based practices through project evaluation and dissemination of results

The Nurse Leadership Academy for Practice will focus on key areas of leadership development, including but not limited to:
• Exemplary Leadership Practice 
• Reflective Practice/Self-Assessment 
• Effective Communication and Conflict Management
• Emotional Intelligence
• Change Theory
• Strategic Planning

Scholars accepted into the Nurse Leadership Academy for Practice 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 leadership development plan based upon leadership self-assessment findings with guidance from their mentor
  • Attend/participate in monthly webinar/educational presentations for the Nurse Leadership Academy for Practice and Cohort 3 of Sigma Academies
  • Implement and manage an interprofessional team project that results in process and cost efficiencies, increased patient care quality, or population health outcomes
  • Plan, design, and facilitate an initial presentation of their project objectives at the scholar’s institution or healthcare setting to senior leadership with assistance of mentor
  • Complete Sigma’s online Nurse Manager Certificate Program
  • Disseminate project outcomes, project sustainability, and improved leadership behaviors to senior leadership at the scholar’s institution