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Nurse Leadership Academy

For well over a year, nurse leaders from throughout Virginia have been convening to create what will be a top-notch leadership program designed for new and emerging nurse leaders across all healthcare settings.

The first six months of this year-long program will be dedicated to live didactic sessions and webinars. Participants will focus the subsequent six months on their applied leadership project with virtual check-in points along the way, with support from their mentor, who is chosen by the candidate and has also committed to the success of their mentee and the program.

Additional coaching opportunities with program leadership and peer-to-peer engagement via a virtual community will round out the list of resources aimed at ensuring every participant’s success. The program culminates in month 12 with presentations from participants on their applied leadership projects.

The steering committee (which includes representatives from the Board of Nursing, Department of Health, health systems throughout Virginia, hospice, and long-term care and reflects all healthcare environments) has developed a phenomenal curriculum and exciting line-up of proposed state, regional, and national presenters. See our tentative Agenda-at-a-Glance below.

Nurse Leadership Academy

Day 1: Fundamentals of Effective Leadership
•    Program Overview
•    Keynote: Fundamentals of Leadership
•    Understanding Your Leadership Style*
•    Taking Care of You
•    Promoting Effective Leadership
*    Including an individual assessment of your leadership style aimed at raising your self-awareness to help you achieve better outcomes as a leader.
Day 2: Organizational Culture & Facilitating a Professional Environment
•    The Transition from Frontline Leader to a Formalized Leadership Role
•    Human Resources Challenges
Day 3: Driving High Reliability Patient and Nurse Culture
•    Transforming Patient Outcomes through QI, EBP, and Research
•    A Culture of Readiness
Day 4: Influencing Change: Driving Outcomes & Strategic Action
•    The Highly Effective Team
•    Tools for Change
•    Applied Leadership Project
Day 5: Money Matters
•    Relationship-based Care
•    Fiscal accountability- The basics

The Nightingale Legacy Fund

The VNF Nightingale Legacy Fund was created as a tribute to nursing leaders who have made a difference and to help support the development of the Nurse Leadership Academy.

Monies donated will help support the initial start-up of the Nurse Leadership Academy and provide donors with an opportunity to recognize and give tribute to those they are thankful for because of the difference their leadership has made to us.

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.

Sign up for the Nurse Leadership Academy wait list today! Click here to sign up.


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: