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American Family Children's Hospital

Leadership Development Program

By Michele J. Glynn, MSN, RN-BC


Nursing colleagues find great benefit in the camaraderie and collaborative nature of Leadership Development retreats.The Leadership Development Program is a monthly educational series based on the American Organization of Nurse Executives Leadership Competency Model. Each session connects to the UW Health Strategic Plan and takes an action-based learning approach. The program goes beyond basic leadership skills and focuses on real time topics/issues, process improvement and sharing of best practices among colleagues.


Why was it started?


Nursing leaders serve a primary role in leading change to meet the current and future demands of our health care system. Leaders today must be progressive, collaborative and pioneering. They need to understand the current health care challenges and be able to implement evidencebased leadership into clinical practice and transform health care through the creation of new and innovative approaches to care processes and outcomes. To accomplish this, leaders must be provided with additional tools and resources. As President John F. Kennedy once said, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”


How does it work?


Leaders are asked to attend a one-hour educational session per month. The health care topics for the sessions are selected by the Leadership Development Committee based on the identified needs from the Leader’s Learning Needs Assessment Survey, as well as from current hot topics in health care and/or at UW Hospital and Clinics. Pertinent scholarly literature is shared with the leaders prior to the sessions so they can come to the session prepared with an understanding of the topic and can actively participate in discussions and action planning. During the sessions, leaders collaborate and share best practices with other leaders and they are encouraged to make action plans for what they will do with the information learned. Post sessions, leaders are encouraged to continue discussions around the topic with their leadership teams and utilize reflection to determine how what they learned could possibly be adapted for their areas.


Who attends?


Nursing and patient care services (respiratory therapy and clinical nutrition) leaders including managers, directors, case management, clinical nurse specialists, nursing informatics, and nursing education specialists are encouraged to attend.


Future Plan


Feedback from each monthly session is evaluated for effectiveness and appropriateness and changes are made as necessary. The Leadership Development Committee is currently planning the 2015 Leadership Development Program.