Nursing Leadership Academies

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Nursing Leadership Academies

Currently no nursing leadership academy exists to specifically develop leadership skills of nursing professionals providing care for children aged 0 to 18. In March 2017, we launched a needs assessment survey to explore the preference for a pediatric-focused academy and gauge awareness of existing academies. More than 1,500 RNs and PNPs responded, and 75% were interested in a future pediatric nursing leadership academy. Opportunities to collaborate on the development of a pediatric academy will be explored in the future.


Looking to develop or strengthen your leadership skills in the near future? See the below currently available respected programs to explore in-depth opportunities in a variety of formats.

Nursing Leadership Academies are typically defined by the following:

  • Build upon individual nursing leadership skills, last approximately 12 months and have a wide range of cost
  • Require projects, face-to-face workshops and distance-based learning activities
  • Target eligibility requirements to specific roles
  • Offer leadership academy faculty who are subject matter experts in the profession


Costs and descriptions below are current as of 11/1/2017, but please see the program's website for more up-to-date information, including application timelines.


Sigma Theta Tau International-Johnson & Johnson Maternal Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy (MCHNLA)
18-month mentored program with two 3-day workshops to prepare maternal-child health nurses and nurse midwives for effective interprofessional team leadership to improve quality of healthcare for underserved childbearing women and children up to age 5; interdisciplinary team project ($625; some J&J assistance with costs).

Sigma Theta Tau International-Elsevier Foundation Nurse Faculty Academy (NFLA)
20-month mentored program with two 4-day workshops for aspiring leaders in nursing education (>2 years, < 7 years, full-time, non-tenured faculty) to facilitate personal leadership development, foster career success, promote nurse faculty retention and satisfaction, and cultivate high performing, supportive work environments in academia (costs include travel to workshops and the convention, most meals, with Elsevier Foundation covering some associated costs).

Duke University-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Academy
12-month program with monthly distance-based learning activities and experienced coaches for nurse practitioners and midwives, especially those practicing in underserved community settings, to gain professional development needed to position themselves as key stakeholders in leading the evolution of U.S. health care ($1,315 plus travel).

Nursing Organizations Alliance (NOA) Nursing Alliance Leadership Academy (NALA)
1.5-day conference for newly elected or emerging volunteer leaders to provide governance leadership in Alliance member organizations such as NAPNAP or SPN ($350-400 plus travel).

Rutgers University-Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Program
2-year team-based program including 6-day summer residential Leadership Institute to empower school nurses and their community/administrative partners to become leaders within their community’s educational and health services teams to improve student health practices; community initiative presented at a conference (no costs other than travel).

Johns Hopkins Nursing Leadership Academy
4-day program for nursing leaders, particularly nurse managers, assistant directors, assistant nurse managers and those aspiring to leadership positions to gain knowledge and skills to lead in the turbulent healthcare environment of today through self-assessment and interactive work sessions built around realistic work situations ($1,795).

National League for Nursing (NLN) Leadership Institute
3 full-year programs with varying activities per program. 1) LEAD: For nurses in both education and practice experiencing rapid transition into leadership positions or who aspire to lead. 2) Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators. 3) Executive Leadership in Nursing Education and Practice ($3,500 for members).

American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Leadership for Academic Nursing Program (LANP)
5-day seminar for new and aspiring deans; includes focused assessment activities, mentorship facilitation, and follow-up with seminar faculty ($3,195).

Clinical Scholars
3-year program (7 in-person sessions reinforced with distance learning) for health care providers (includes nurses) from diverse fields who collaborate across sectors, tackling complex health problems in their communities, and building a culture of health nationwide; offered by the University of North Carolina with support from RWJF; includes an annual fellowship of $35,000 per fellow to design and implement a real-world project.

Wharton Nursing Leaders Program
5-day program for higher-level nurse managers preparing for chief nursing officer roles; offered by the University of Pennsylvania, co-provided by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing ($6,000 including lodging and meals).

Nursing Professional Development (NPD) Leadership Academy
12-month mentored program preparing NPD practitioners to assume leadership roles; offered by the Association for Nursing Professional Development with live face-to-face pre-convention workshop followed by live webinars to facilitate completion of a work-based leadership project ($2,500).