Foundation for Leadership Excellence (in partnership with ACNL)

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5-day leadership development program of learning, problem-solving and networking, designed for nurse leaders at all levels. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing for 40 contact hours. Three units of university graduate elective credits also available.



Product Description

Foundation for Leadership Excellence is a 5-day intensive program to help nurses develop effective leadership skills. Course objectives include:

  • Explore innovations in nursing practice and leadership
  • Identify and grow your personal leadership style to increase your influence
  • Develop strategies to build a positive work environment where optimal practice can flourish
  • Examine proven approaches to enhance customer service and increase HCAHPS scores
  • Utilize business plans and financial reports to drive decision-making
  • Integrate performance improvement, regulatory and accrediting principles into your leadership role
  • Discover the nurse leader’s role in health care reform and the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing vision
  • Discuss implications of policy decisions on nursing practice and patient care
  • Re-energize your spirit to be the best leader possible

D A Y 1 — Leadership Excellence

  • Learn the key competencies of successful leaders.
  • Apply insights of assessment to improve your leadership skills.
  • Use leadership principles to achieve clinical and business agendas.
  • Understand the far-reaching impact of systems theory.
  • Examine opportunities to improve the health of our patients and communities through the IOM Future of Nursing vision and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

D A Y 2 — Raising Your Financial IQ

  • Understand health care economics and changes expected through the Affordable Care Act.
  • Learn to read and interpret financial statements and fully understand all components of a budget.
  • Discover the basics of developing a business plan and strategies for effectively presenting your plan to decision-makers.
  • Explore the facets of financial leadership, including accountability ,variance analysis, cost/quality/service and operational efficiency.

D A Y 3 — Understanding Yourself and Your Team: Recognizing and Maximizing Potential

  • Enhance your communication abilities for all situations.
  • Examine personality, generational and cultural differences in the workplace and their impact on leadership effectiveness.
  • Explore strategies to successfully lead change.
  • Increase team effectiveness and efficiency by selecting and retaining quality talent.
  • Understand the nurse leader’s role in monitoring and improving professional practice.
  • Develop your personal plan to maximize your career potential.

D A Y 4 — Leading Your Team: Setting Expectations and Enhancing Performance

  • Formulate strategies to maximize staff performance, including setting expectations, handling discipline and providing objective behavioral feedback to employees.
  • Manage conflict, disruptive behavior and bullying in the workplace.
  • Develop your negotiation skills to achieve your goals and increase your influence.
  • Describe key factors to consider when managing in a union/potential union environment.

D A Y 5 — Putting it All Together: Quality and Patient Safety Begins with Your Leadership

  • Explore national trends in performance improvement.
  • Understand the nurse manager’s role in an environment where patient outcomes are linked to reimbursement levels.
  • Identify practical strategies and tools to improve outcomes and effectively lead change.
  • Learn to lead and engage staff to improve customer service and raise HCAHPS scores.
  • Reflect on lessons learned and integrate skills gathered throughout the Foundation Course.

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