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NLN Announces Nurse Educators Selected for 2020 Leadership Institute

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National League for Nursing Announces Nurse Educators Selected for 2020 Leadership Institute  

Innovative Leadership Program Emphasizes Individualized Executive Coaching & Enhanced Leadership Skills 

Washington, DC —The National League for Nursing has announced the selection, through competitive application, of this year's two cohorts for its yearlong professional development program in the NLN Leadership Institute. A total of 43 nurse educators and nurses in practice have been chosen to participate in one of two institute tracks: 
  • LEAD is designed for nurses in education and practice who have recently been challenged with rapid transition into leadership positions, those in leadership positions who desire a formal leadership program, and those emerging and aspiring to lead (List of Participants

  • Leadership Development for Simulation Educators is designed for the experienced simulation nurse educator who wishes to assume a leadership role in simulation (List of Participants

Each program represents a significant investment in leadership development over the course of the calendar year. Participants identify personal and professional goals; learn about what makes an effective leader; and strategize how to retool skillsets and experiences to achieve individual benchmarks. To that end, everyone receives intensive one-on-one executive coaching. In addition, they attend online and live group coaching sessions, retreats and webinars, where they study leadership theory and development that includes case study review. 

The 2020 cohorts had their first face-to-face meeting at a joint orientation program, February 10-11, in Washington, D.C. They will also participate later in the year in an Intensive Leadership Retreat at the League’s office. They will next reconvene at the 2020 NLN Education Summit: Master of Teaching - Art of Leadership, September 23-25 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando in Florida. 

“The National League for Nursing prides itself on setting a high bar for participation in the Leadership Institute, and every year, the selection committee is impressed by the qualifications of the applicants. This year was no exception,” said NLN President Patricia S. Yoder-Wise, RN, EdD, NEA-BC, ANEF, FAONL, FAAN, professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and president of The Wise Group. “The 2020 Leadership Institute cohorts have already demonstrated how they bring their A-game to mastering the multifaceted aspects of leadership. They are passionate advocates for promoting excellence in nursing education and practice today as well as for generations of nursing students to come, by collaborating with integrity to foster caring, inclusive environments for learning and achievement.” 

NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, said, “These rising leaders and scholars in nursing education and practice are our partners, mentors and role models for faculty everywhere. The National League for Nursing is proud to support their leadership development with these valuable opportunities to build upon their experience and skills and we look forward to hearing of their success as their careers continue to evolve.” 

LEAD is overseen by Dr. Janice Brewington, the NLN’s chief program officer and director of the NLN Center for Transformational Leadership, with support from NLN LEAD consultant Dr. Lynn Engelmann. Simulation educators will work with co-directors Drs. Sue Forneris, director of the NLN Center for Innovation Education Excellence, and Mary Anne Rizzolo, NLN consultant. 

Applications for the 2021 Leadership Institute are now being accepted. There are three full year-long leadership tracks — LEADSIMULATION, and EXECUTIVE — each offering online and live group coaching sessions, workshops and webinars. Apply now. 

About the National League for Nursing
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