The goal of the Leadership Academy is to help nurses at every level, and this year’s class clearly fit that model: graduates included everyone from administrators and educators to clinicians and faith community nurses.
“Anyone can be a leader,” said 2013 Leadership Academy graduate Lisa M. Soltis, MSN, APRN, CCRN-CSC, CCNS, FCCM. “It does not mean that you have to be an administrator, because we impact every single person that we meet, whether it’s our neighbors, whether it’s students, whether it’s people in our community.”
Nurses participating in the Leadership Academy gather several times throughout the year to sharpen their skills, learn new leadership strategies and plan ways to better influence healthcare as it evolves. The program’s premise is that nurses already garner respect based on their professional reputation, and the Leadership Academy prepares and encourages nurses to take advantage of that by stepping up as leaders in other arenas.
“I applied to the Leadership Academy because I wanted to be more politically aware,” said 2013 Leadership Academy graduate Tomika Williams, MSN, NP-C, RN-BC. “In my current job as a Nurse Practitioner, I felt like that’s very important and I did not have the skills that I thought I needed to go approach a legislator.”
The 2013 Leadership Academy divided into teams to work on three specific projects: Spreading the Word: Extending Leadership Development to Your Peers; Educating Nurses About the Future of Nursing; and Presenting Your Message to Policy Makers – Removing Barriers to APRN Practice.
Towards the end of the program, the groups gave final presentations before a panel of nursing leaders including current NCNA President Megan Williams, then-NCNA President Pat Campbell, NCNA CEO Tina Gordon, and graduates of the inaugural Leadership Academy. Campbell presented Leadership Academy graduates with their certificates at a ceremony during the 106th NCNA Annual Convention in Greensboro on October 2nd.
Members of the 2013 Leadership Academy include:
· Kathleen Ashton, Durham
· Margaret Bowers, Durham
· Charlotte Craig, Gastonia
· Julie DelCasino, Charlotte
· Suzette Dennis, Monroe
· Allison Dimsdale, Durham
· Terri Dorn, Sanford
· Cynthia Eaton, Littleton
· Carrie Edgison, Charlotte
· Kristie King, Asheville
· Susan Lane, Shelby
· Ashley Moore, Charlotte
· Lisa Soltis, Raleigh
· Diamond Staton-Williams, Harrisburg
· Julie Stratton, Concord
· Tomika Williams, Greensboro
To learn more about Leadership Academy or to sign up to receive application information for next year’s class, contact NCNA at firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants must be registered nurses and active members of the North Carolina Nurses Association. Visit www.ncnurses.org for more information.
Chris Cowperthwaite, NCNA Manager of Communications and Outreach
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