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NLN Announces Selections for 2021 Leadership Institute

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National League for Nursing Announces Selections for 2021 Leadership Institute

Professional Development Program Emphasizes Individualized Executive Coaching & Enhanced Leadership Skills
Washington, DC — The National League for Nursing proudly announces the selection, through competitive application, of 22 nurse educators and nurses in practice for the 2021 NLN Leadership Institute. The group will follow the LEAD track, one of three the Leadership Institute created and sponsors through the NLN Center for Transformational Leadership. 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.

The yearlong program represents a significant investment in professional leadership development. Participants spend a calendar year engaged in activities to identify personal and professional goals; learn about what makes an effective leader; and strategize how to retool skill sets and experiences to achieve individual and institutional benchmarks. To that end, everyone receives intensive one-on-one executive coaching. In addition, they attend online and live group coaching sessions (when possible), retreats, and webinars, where they study leadership theory and development that includes case study review.

The 2021 cohort will have its first meeting, a virtual orientation, February 8-9. The Intensive Leadership Retreat is currently scheduled for July 11-14 at the League’s headquarters. They will next reconvene at the 2021 NLN Education Summit: Leading and Teaching Beyond Resilience, currently planned for September 23 -25 at National Harbor near Washington, D.C.

“This year, more than ever, has made abundantly clear the importance of having health care leaders prepared to handle unanticipated and intense crises and challenges,” said NLN Chair Dr. Patricia S. Yoder-Wise, RN, EdD, NEA-BC, ANEF, FAONL, FAAN, Professor and Dean Emerita at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and president of The Wise Group. “As the most trusted profession in health care, nursing is critical to securing the success of health care strategies and systems of delivery under the direst of circumstances. The 2021 LEAD participants will be distinctly positioned to guide current and future nurses in fulfilling their responsibilities on the health care team.”

NLN President and CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, said, “With COVID-19 still raging and the vaccine rollout just getting underway, the National League for Nursing was nevertheless determined to hold the LEAD program in 2021, despite the challenges of beginning the year virtually. The League is proud to be in the forefront of tackling our public health crisis through multiple endeavors, of which LEAD is one, to support excellence in nursing and nursing education. We are excited to launch into the year’s programming with such an eager and qualified group of participants.”

LEAD is overseen by Dr. Janice Brewington, the National League for Nursing’s chief program officer and director of the NLN Center for Transformational Leadership, with support from NLN LEAD consultant Dr. Inez Tuck.

A complete list of 2021 Leadership Institute participants is available here.

About the National League for Nursing
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, comprising nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education and health care organizations. Learn more at
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