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What Is Nursing Leadership?

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Course Description

This course will enable the learner to identify the various leadership theories and styles and discuss those familiar to the learner. Attendees will be prepared to implement tools to assess leadership qualities in nurses and apply strategies to keep politics out of selecting the best nurses to lead. Additionally, the learner will identify nursing theories that promote a positive leadership culture and the best practices from business and professional sports to determine nurse leaders.  Attendees will also identify how safety goals are met through a leadership culture promoting positive patient outcomes.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Differentiate between assessment and evaluation in changing leadership strategies. 
  • Articulate the nursing theories that can be applied immediately to the learner’s healthcare setting.
  • Describe how the use of emotional intelligence can identify leaders and followers within the healthcare team.
  • Verbalize the use of business and football practices that are applicable to the healthcare setting in leadership development.


Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The day includes a one-hour lunch (on your own), as well as a morning and afternoon break of 15 minutes each. The order of lectures presented and break times may vary according to speaker preference.

8:00 am to 5:00 pm

  • Traditional Styles of Leadership
    Styles | Personality Traits | Multiple Intelligence | Conflict Management | Evolving Paradigms
  • Leadership Styles Familiar to the Learner
    Necessary Traits to Initiate Changes in Leadership Style | Pros and Cons of all Styles
  • Assesment and Evaluation in Leadership
    Tools to Assess | Merits of Self-Assessment
  • Meeting Quality Standard Initiative
    Leadership Traits - Influence on Meeting Safety Goals | Aesthetic, Transformational Leadership Styles
  • Nursing Theories
    Jean Watson | Madeline Leininger | Katherine Kolcaba
  • Taking Politics out of Decision 
    Power | Communication | Organizational Structure | Culture | Ethics | Art, Music and Food
  • Practices in Football and Business
    Stephen Covey | John Maxwell | Gary Harpst