Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence Supports Groundbreaking AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program for the Nation’s Nursing School Deans

NEW YORK, NY, August 13, 2012 – The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence is pleased to support the new AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program, a world-class leadership development experience for nursing school deans and directors, August 14-17, 2012 at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.

“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.”

The 37 nurse educators from 25 states chosen to comprise the 2012 cohort will benefit from an innovative program, 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.

“Convening nurse leaders, both present and future, is a key pillar of the Jonas Center’s work,” said Darlene Curley, Executive Director of the Jonas Center. “We are proud to support this important program in partnership with two outstanding institutions like AACN and the Wharton School. In particular, we are thrilled that 19 of the 37 participants are from our partner colleges and universities through the Jonas Nurse Leaders and Jonas Veterans Healthcare scholarship programs.”

Learn more about the leadership development program for nurse educators.