1. 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 leadership capabilities are very important. Many more formal and informal nurse leaders are needed in local, national, and international settings to advance the healthcare interests and benefits of patients.
2. Where can I get an idea for a project?
Project ideas can come from patients, families, healthcare professional colleagues, managers, and people in your community.
- Listen for “What if…”, “Why can’t we…”, “I wish you would…”, and “Why don’t you…” conversation starters
- Professional journals
- United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
- Professional specialty organizations
- Local, national, and global events
- Be aware of current practice improvement efforts that could be adapted to your situation
3. Will there be any nursing continuing professional development (NCPD) contact hours for scholars and mentors who complete the program?
Yes. Scholars will receive NCPD contact hours for attending the in-person intensive, monthly online learning activities, and the completion of the Nurse Manager Certificate Program.
4. I have an idea for a project but do not know if it will work and/or be supported by my institution. What should I do?
Talk to your supervisor and colleagues to see if they view the situation/need as you do. Once these individuals support your idea, ask them to advocate for you and arrange conversations with policy leaders of your institution. A flexible approach is important. Occasionally, it becomes necessary to modify a project after the academy begins.
5. Should I interview mentor candidates?
If the scholar does not have a prior relationship with a mentor, it might be helpful to interview several possible candidates to determine whether there is a good fit between the mentor’s style and the scholar's needs.
6. What should I look for in a mentor?
The mentor should be someone who can provide the scholar with guidance and feedback in a manner that allows them to grow in his or her leadership development.
7. Does my mentor have to be a nurse?
No. The academy encourages the scholars to develop interprofessional relationships. A mentor from another discipline can provide valuable opportunities for the scholar to develop linkages with other professionals involved in health and healthcare.
8. Should I work with my mentor on my application and project summary?
The academy encourages scholars to work collaboratively with their mentors on both the application and the project summary.
9. Should I work with my direct supervisor in the development of my application and project summary?
Yes. By involving a direct supervisor in the development of the application and project summary, they will gain an awareness of the time and support required for successful participation in the academy. This understanding and support must be reflected in the institutional letter of endorsement from the scholar’s agency/organization/institution (A/O/I).
10. I am interested in becoming a Sigma member. How do I apply?
Nursing professionals not previously inducted as nursing students can join Sigma as nurse leaders. Learn more.
- All withdraw requests must come via written communication.
- Participant fee for the academy may be refunded until 30 days prior to the start of the academy and will be subject to withholding of the LPI/KP Assessment fee US $250. Refunds are processed by the method in which they were paid.
- 30 days prior to the start of the program, no refunds will be granted.
- Participants who fail to complete the assignments and expectations of the academy will be considered to have voluntarily withdrawn. No refund will be granted, and participants will only be eligible for continuing nursing education for webinars attended.