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Leadership Institute Announces 2016 Cohorts


National League for Nursing Leadership Institute Announces 2016 Cohorts

NLN Center for Innovative Leadership Programs Offer Distinctive Focus on Individualized Executive Coaching


“ Dynamic curricula and intensive coaching and mentoring from experts effects lasting transformation in individual professional development and sustainable institutional change.”  - NLN CEO Dr. Beverly Malone

Washington, DC, April 15, 2016 - The NLN Leadership Institute recently began its yearlong professional development programs. Nurse educators were selected through competitive application for LEAD, which focuses on nurses in both education and practice who have experienced rapid transition into leadership positions or aspire to lead; for the Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators, featuring a curriculum uniquely devised for the experienced simulation nurse educator who wishes to assume a leadership role in simulation; and for Executive Leadership in Nursing Education and Practice, designed for executive leaders who have held their positions for more than five years and wish to be re-energized and reframe how they think about leadership and themselves as leaders.

Twenty-one nurse educators were chosen for LEAD and nine executives were chosen for Executive Leadership in Nursing Education and Practice. Both programs are directed by NLN chief program officer, Dr. Janice Brewington, who also serves as director of the NLN Center for Transformational Leadership. Twenty simulation educators will work with Drs. Mary Anne Rizzolo and Sue Forneris. All three 2016 leadership cohorts had their first face-to-face get-togethers at the NLN Leadership Conference in February 4-6.

Each program requires a significant time commitment for an entire calendar year. Participants identify personal professional goals; learn about what makes an effective leader; and strategize how to re-tool skill sets and experiences to achieve individual benchmarks. To that end, everyone receives intensive one-on-one executive coaching, in addition to attending online and live group coaching sessions, conferences, and webinars, where they study leadership theory and development that includes case study review.

Anne R. Bavier, PhD, RN, FAAN, NLN president and professor and dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Texas at Arlington, noted ongoing support to the NLN Leadership Institute from the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future and Galen College of Nursing. “We are indebted to these NLN partners for their continuing commitment to nurture leadership in nursing education. Thanks to their generosity, the League has been able to expand the capacity and the content of the Leadership Institute, offering more participants the opportunity to learn from world-class faculty.”

Added NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN: “Each of the institute’s tracks share a dedication to cultivating excellence in nursing education. Dynamic curricula and intensive coaching and mentoring from the experts in leadership theory and practice undoubtedly effects lasting transformation in individual professional development and sustainable institutional change.”

To promote diversity among leaders in nursing education, at least 25 percent of program participants in LEAD have been selected from under-represented minorities. In addition, two key outcomes initially identified for the 2013 LEAD program are expected to apply again in 2016: 90 percent of program participants commit to remaining in academic leadership positions following completion of the program, and second, that 80 percent pledge to expand the capacity of their schools’ nursing program, either by increasing enrollment of qualified applicants or improving retention of matriculated students.

Visit the Leadership Institute page for more information and a list of the 2016 LEAD, Executive Leadership in Nursing Education and Practice; and Leadership Development for Simulation Educators program participants. Inquiries may be directed to

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Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. The NLN offers professional development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 40,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members. NLN members represent nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education, and health care organizations and agencies.

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