AACN Teams with Wharton to Offer a World-Class Leadership Development Program for the Nation's Nursing School Deans

Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence Provides Generous Support for this Ground-Breaking Enrichment Program

WASHINGTON, DC, May 10, 2012 – The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is pleased to announce the creation of the new AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Institute, a world-class leadership development experience for nursing school deans and directors. Scheduled for August 14-17, 2012 at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, this four-day, on-campus program for nursing’s top academic leaders is generously sponsored in part by the New York-based Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence.

“Preparing nursing deans with top-level leadership skills is fundamental to advancing the profession and infusing nursing’s voice into the national conversation about healthcare reform and innovation,” said AACN President Jane Kirschling. “In keeping with the Institute of Medicine’s call for all nurses to lead change and advance health, AACN is pleased to offer this unique enrichment experience, taught by Wharton faculty, which will enhance the skills of chief academic administrators in the areas of leadership, influence, and effectiveness.”

Today’s senior executives, across industries and settings, must lead in an environment of volatility, uncertainty, and ambiguity. Leaders in academic institutions face even greater challenges that involve engaging internal stakeholders (students, faculty, and administration) as well as an even wider array of influential external stakeholders. Academic leaders across healthcare disciplines must accomplish all of this and still honor the triad of mission objectives: education, practice, and research.

To address these needs, the AACN / Wharton curriculum is designed to provide the concepts and tools needed to enhance leadership capacity and hone the skills that are essential to thrive and move forward strategically. The program addresses issues around managing and leading change, influencing and galvanizing a diverse set of stakeholders, and building enterprising relationships in highly volatile environments. Participants will leave equipped with an advanced set of negotiation, leadership, and influencing skills, and the confidence and ability to serve on or lead high-powered boards.

Individual program sessions will focus on the following subject matter:

  • Adaptive Conversations: Building Strategic Relationships Across Boundaries: Adaptive strategies for communicating across organizational stakeholder groups
  • Stakeholder Management: Methodologies for mapping stakeholder groups in order to build unique stakeholder management strategies
  • Leading Change: Framework for leading organizational change, presented through an experiential exercise
  • Strategic Agility: Understanding the need to deliver short-term results while building agile strategies for longer-term objectives—and often in a highly uncertain environment
  • Leadership from the Field: Leadership lessons on managing and leading in an academic setting during a difficult and uncertain external environment
  • Influence and Persuasion: Full-day workshop focused on strengthening influence and persuasion skills that are necessary to win support
  • Entrepreneurship and Revenue Generation in Higher Ed: Practical methods and case studies on developing an entrepreneurial culture conducive to generating additional revenue

The program is offered exclusively for deans and directors from AACN member institutions who are currently performing the role of chief nursing academic officer. Registration is limited to 40 participants; a competitive application process will be used to make final selections. The program cost is $6,895, which includes private accommodations for 4 nights, all meals and breaks, an opening reception, evening lounge, fitness facility, and concierge services. For more details and/or to register, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/leading-initiatives/aacn-wharton-executive-leadership-program.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for university and four-year college education programs in nursing. Representing more than 700 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN's educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor's- and graduate-degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice. www.aacn.nche.edu

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania—founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school—is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. Informed by in-depth academic research and extensive industry experience, Wharton Executive Education programs offer a supportive and challenging context from which participants gain the skills necessary for their next level of executive development. In open-enrollment and customized programs, participants from a diverse range of industries interact with Wharton faculty, who are one of the most cited, most published faculties of all top-tier business schools. With a profound influence on global business, Wharton faculty are the trusted advisors of corporations and governments worldwide. Learn more at: execed.wharton.upenn.edu.

In 2006, the Barbara and Donald Jonas Family Fund established the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, a groundbreaking program that deploys philanthropy to advance the nursing profession in novel and traditional ways, including grants and programs designed to improve nurse recruitment and retention; increase ethnic and racial diversity among the nursing workforce; advance innovative practice models; and improve practice settings in New York City and beyond. The Jonas Center works closely with powerful partners in nursing practice.



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