Developing strong nursing leaders is critical to ensuring robust healthcare organizations. The 2010 IOM Report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health recommends that nurses at every level become healthcare leaders and work to the highest level of their professional scope. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital is committed to supporting leadership development throughout the professional nursing continuum. Five unique leadership courses have been created to meet learning needs ranging from the bedside RN to Clinical Directors.
Charge Nurse class is designed for newly promoted charge nurse to ensure a smooth transition into the role. This class consists of online learning and a one day in person active/interactive class where the new charge nurse learns communication and leadership styles, critical thinking skills and emergency preparedness.
RN Clinical Leader
A clinical leader influences the entire health care team resulting in improved patient outcomes and nurse satisfaction.
RN Clinical Leader I
The RN clinical Leader I course is designed for nurses with less than 5 years of experience who choose to remain at the bedside yet want to participate in leadership education and activities. A basic and broad introduction to leadership tenets within a healthcare organization are covered in the RN Clinical Leader I course. Coaching and mentoring are provided to course attendees.
RN Clinical Leader II
The RN Clinical Leader II course is designed for nurses with greater than 5 years’ experience who choose to remain at the bedside or wish to pursue a leadership role other than clinical manager. The course is designed using the AACN Healthy Work Environment Model and uses a flipped classroom approach to learning. The course consists of six-monthly classes where the learner is introduced to leadership behaviors and systems thinking.
- Introduction to Healthcare Economics in the United States
- Introductory Finance for Nurses
- Strategic Thinking Applied to Bedside Care
- Understanding Data Application to Care
- Fostering Healthy Work Environments
- Healthcare Law: Nurse Practice Act, Delegation, Social Media, Boundaries
- Professional Development and Career Planning
The Emerging Leader program is open to nurses and other allied health professional looking to advance their leadership knowledge. The course promotes succession planning by creating a pool of applicants who are prepared to transition into formal leadership roles. The blended course consists of online and active/interactive classroom activities. Participants receive mentoring by hospital leaders focuses on contextual application of knowledge... Admittance to Emerging Leader is by application and accompanied by recommendation from the candidate’s director. To date, more than 45% of those who have attended the program have been promoted to leadership positions including both clinical Manager and clinical director positions.
- Leadership and Professional Development
- Measuring Excellence: How Data Informs Care
- Legal Aspects of Nursing Practice
- Finance and Staffing
- Making the Connection: Rounding, Informatics and Safety
- Excellence in Caring
The New Manager course is comprised of active/interactive education directed at contextual integration of knowledge. Subject matter experts, members of the hospital leadership, lead class discussions addressing practical and theoretical leadership proficiencies. The New Manager course is cross-walked with the AONL/AACN Manager Course, the Advisory Board Leadership Competencies, Magnet Competencies and organizational core values.
- Strategic Thinking
- Measuring Excellence
- Nursing and the Law
- Human Resources
- Finance and Staffing
- Professional Development
In both the RN Clinical Leader I & II course, participants have an opportunity to present a topic and receive valuable feedback from the group about their presentation.