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Nurse Leadership Academy

The Nurse Leadership Academy will be a leadership development program for new and emerging nurse leaders across all healthcare settings. Fellows will learn foundational leadership skills and demonstrate these skills through an applied leadership project within their organization. As a result of the pandemic, the program has been delayed. This program is expected to launch in Fall 2021!

The program will be one-year long. The first six months will be dedicated to live didactic sessions and webinars focused on five concepts: Fundamentals of Effective Leadership, Organizational Culture, Facilitating a High Reliability Environment, Influencing Change: Driving Outcomes through Strategic Action, and No Margin No Mission-Examining the Finances of Healthcare. Fellows will then have an additional six months to work on an applied leadership project with support from their individually identified mentor. There will be check in points with program leadership and peers through a virtual community. The program will culminate at 12 months with presentations from fellows on their applied leadership projects.  The Virginia Nurses Foundation is excited to bring this program to Virginia nurse leaders in collaboration with the Virginia Nurses Association.

This program will take place in Richmond, Virginia.

Desired Outcome

Fellows will learn foundational leadership skills and demonstrate this through successful completion of an applied leadership project within their organization.


  • Months 1-5: 

    • 5 Live didactic sessions and additional webinars 

    • Fellows will identify a leadership mentor 

    • Fellows will identify an organization-approved applied leadership project that will demonstrate a positive impact on their organization and showcase their leadership acumen

    • Fellows will complete a leadership assessment to gain feedback on their personal leadership style

  • Month 6-12: 

    • Fellows will engage in completing an applied leadership project

    • A virtual Community will be provided for additional coaching opportunities with program leadership and peer-to-peer engagement

  • Month 12: Fellows will present a formal presentation on their applied leadership project


  • October 13, 2021: Fundamentals of Effective Leadership

  • November 4, 2021: Organizational Culture

  • December 2, 2021: Facilitating a High Reliability Environment

  • February 24, 2022: Influencing Change: Driving Outcomes through Strategic Action

  • March 24, 2022: No Margin No Mission- Examining the Finances of Healthcare

  • Final Program: Applied Leadership Project


Single registration: $1295 per registrant

Group registration (If your employer will be paying for 3 or more registrants from your organization) : $1195 per registrant

Sign up for the Nurse Leadership Academy interest list today!
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The Nightingale Legacy Fund

VNF’s Nightingale Legacy Fund, which supports the development of the Nurse Leadership Academy, also pays tribute to nursing leaders who have made a difference. As a contributor, you will have the opportunity to recognize those nurses who paved the way for you, and whose leadership has advanced the profession of nursing; all while supporting this very important initiative. The nurse leader you recognize will receive an email letting them know you wanted to say thank you! Contribute to the Nightingale Legacy Fund here.

Lauren Goodloe Legacy Scholarship

VNF also developed a scholarship for the Nurse Leadership Academy to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Lauren Goodloe and her commitment to nursing and nursing education in Virginia. Dr. Goodloe served as president of the Virginia Nurses Association while serving as a respected faculty member and assistant dean for clinical operations and associate professor at VCU’s School of Nursing, all while fighting a valiant battle with cancer. Please take this opportunity to put your stamp on the future by making a contribution for up-and-coming nurse leaders. Simply follow this link to contribute.