In July 2013 Colorado was one of 13 states awarded funding from the HRSA Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention Program. These funds will support a set of programs designed to increase the ability of nurses to be effective members and leaders of an interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP) team in a Community Health Center (CHC). The information below is about one of these IPCP programs, the Nursing Leadership Institute (NLI). The Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence will implement the NLI, building on the extensive experience in nursing leadership development it has gained since 2003.
The 2014-2015 NLI will occur over a 12-month period, and includes four full-day nursing leadership skills workshops combined with ongoing leadership coaching and a capstone. This Institute will provide an intensive immersion in nursing-specific leadership skills and competencies. The 2015-2016 NLI dates will be: Sept 4, 2015; November 12-13, 2015 and February 5, 2016.
Participants must attend all four days of the Institute, for the curriculum is integrated and builds on itself over time. In general, the Institute’s goal is to provide CHC nurses with significantly increased knowledge of their own leadership style/strengths, knowledge of specific leadership and communication strategies, and increased skills in working with IPCP teams in CHC settings.
The four days of the Institute will cover a wide range of leadership subjects and skills, and will be presented by expert faculty in a variety of teaching styles and presentation formats, including group activities, role playing, team exercises and more. During the year of the Institute (July 2014 through June 2015), ongoing coaching will be provided by trained coaches and a capstone project will be implemented.
For more information on the NLI content, contact Deb Center, Assistant Project Director, Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence. 303-715-0343 #14 or Deb@ColoradoNursingCenter.org. To register for the 2014-2015 NLI, contact Angela Rose, CCHN Health Center Operations & Workforce Coordinator. 303-867-9511 or Angela@cchn.org.
Nursing Leadership Institute Curriculum
- Nursing’s 21st Century community health center IPCP leadership challenges and opportunities
- An exploration of self: what are my leadership styles? (Leadership Profile Inventory, Emotional Intelligence and Strengthfinder assessment tools)
- Exploring how IPCP leadership is different than traditional, silo-based top-down leadership
- Emotional Intelligence and its use by effective leaders
- Developing your Capstone Project
- The effective use of team agreements
- An introduction to the role of coaching
Institute Session Two
- Implementing reflective practice in an IPCP team setting
- Developing appropriate roles and differentiating leadership styles in IPCP settings
- Employing group process practices in IPCP teams, exploring different bases of leadership, power and influence in IPCP healthcare settings
- Specific coaching skills for peers and team members
- Communicating effectively across professional boundaries
- Conflict resolution
- Capstone update and refining the capstone experience
- Professionalism, role stereotypes and leadership development in IPCP settings
- Exercises in the effective use of influence and leadership in IPCP teams
- Integrate understanding of aspects of power – how to influence those above
- Effective use of questions in building relationships
- Managing communication breakdown and working with difficult people
- Civility in the workplace
- Tools for effective leadership in IPCP teams: Ensuring Quality, Huddles, briefs and debriefs
Institute Session Three
- Leadership forum: A panel of experienced nurse leaders reviewing best practices
- Leadership skill implementation tools
- Techniques for change management
- Resolving the Leadership Knowing/Doing Gap: I know what to do, why can’t I actually do it?
- Administrative coaching: managing performance problems
- Advanced team building skills