NLN Announces Selections for 2022 Leadership Institute

NLN Announces Selections for 2022 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 39 nurse educators and nurses in practice for the 2022 NLN Leadership Institute

The Institute, under the NLN Center for Transformational Leadership, offers a dual track approach. LEAD is appropriate for nurses in education and practice who have recently been challenged with rapid transition into leadership positions; those already in positions of leadership who want formal leadership training; and still others who identify as emerging leaders or have leadership aspirations. A second track, Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators, is designed for the experienced simulation nurse educator who aspires to a leadership role in simulation. Sim Leadership track participants focus on maximizing their leadership potential to advance simulation initiatives in nursing education and practice.

These yearlong programs represent a significant investment in professional leadership development. Participants on both tracks 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 group coaching sessions, a retreat, and webinars, where they study leadership theory and development that includes case study.

Specialized sim leadership programming for that cohort facilitates the exchange of ideas and best practices in simulation; a review of existing scholarly research; visits to simulation centers around the country to evaluate resources and operations; and original research for a group project that, when completed, will be posted in the Simulation Innovation Resource Center (SIRC).

The 2022 Leadership Institute has already had its first meeting as a virtual orientation. The Intensive Leadership Retreat is currently scheduled for July 10-13 in Washington, D.C. The groups will later reconvene at the 2022 NLN Education Summit, Healthy Planet, Healthy People: Leading the Way Through Education, Practice and Policy, September 28-30 at The Mirage in Las Vegas.

“It is vitally important that, as the most trusted professionals in health care, nurses be prepared to take a leading role in promoting excellence in health care delivery, advancing health access and equity, and ensuring cultural sensitivity and inclusion in caring for an increasingly diverse population of patients and their families, especially those encountering acute health crises and managing chronic medical challenges,” said NLN Chair Kathleen Poindexter, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, interim associate dean of academic affairs at Michigan State University. “As the nation and the world transitions from a global pandemic to dealing with COVID-19 as an endemic disease requiring ongoing response, the demand for competent leadership in nursing is more urgent than ever.”

“The National League for Nursing is delighted to continue our commitment to the Leadership Institute, reflecting our unflagging dedication to professional development and leadership in health care education, practice, and policy,” said NLN President and CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN. “We anticipate another year of rewarding and productive interfacing and networking with these stellar individuals chosen for the LEAD and Sim Leadership programs.”

Dr. Janice Brewington, NLN chief program officer and director of the NLN Center for Transformational Leadership, oversees LEAD, with support from Dr. Inez Tuck, consultant to the League. The Leadership Development for Simulation Educators is supervised by Dr. Susan Gross Forneris, director of the NLN Division for Innovation in Education Excellence, and Dr. Mary Anne Rizzolo, president, Global Network for Simulation in Healthcare and Consultant to the League.

A complete list of 2022 Leadership Institute participants may be found under the LEAD and Simulation programs.

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 nearly 45,000 individual and 1,100 institutional members, comprising nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education and health care organizations. Learn more at


April 8, 2022


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