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.

2020 Application Deadline: 30 October 2019

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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 multigenerational, 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 an in-person, 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, participants will:
• Use effective communication in collaborative efforts that advance and improve  health outcomes throughout their health systems
• Utilize The Leadership Challenge® model as a framework and philosophy to develop strategies needed to lead multigenerational, interprofessional, culturally diverse leaders in nursing practice
• Relate feedback from others and through self-assessment to continuously improve performance 
• Design and operationalize organizational change that improves patient care outcomes, healthcare delivery processes, and/or cost efficiencies 
• Apply relationship building skills that will support strategies to encourage and empower others in building a better healthcare environment by implementing a transformational, interprofessional team project.

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

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2020 Application Deadline: 30 October 2019

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 and actively participate in the 2½ day intensive event on 2-4 April 2020 in Indianapolis, IN
  • 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 
  • 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