Leadership Academy

NCNA Leadership Academy

Learn and Develop to Better Lead Nursing Forward

We are looking for those with a strong desire for learning, growing, and leading. Participants will learn to critically analyze the changing health care environment to determine the best opportunities for leaders, including those within nursing, to improve access to patient care and clinical outcomes while improving value. The NCNA Leadership Academy provides a structure for considering how leadership happens, and what perils and possibilities are present as nurses lead themself, others, and the community.

The program empowers participants to become better skilled as communicators, presenters and advocates, for interactions with external audiences they'll most likely face in professional, civic and community engagements.

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Recognizing that leadership development is an essential element in the process of advancing the profession, the Leadership Academy was created in response to the recommendations cited in the Institute of Medicine’s national report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (2010). Through this program, NCNA will identify emerging nurse leaders from across the state, encourage them with a series of leadership workshops, and assist in sharpening their skills so that they will exert a strong positive influence on the future of nursing and the healthcare industry.  

NCNA’s leadership academy is housed within NCNA’s charitable arm, the North Carolina Foundation for Nursing, and is a high-intensity, competitive application leadership development program for nurses to prepare them for positions of strategy and influence, especially as they relate to changes recommended in the national IOM Future of Nursing report. The program places a premium on educating, mentoring and grooming nurses to serve as active leaders in a variety of positions (i.e. state and local government boards/commissions, elected office, hospital boards/leadership, community boards, etc.).

Watch this to see what former Leadership Academy graduates have to say!

The NCNA Leadership Academy is open to all members of the North Carolina Nurses Association. The committee will be seeking representation from a cross-section of the profession. These leaders and potential leaders will be active either in business, education, the arts, religion, government, community-based organizations, ethnic or minority groups, or nursing specialty areas, and will reflect the diversity of the organization. ELIGIBILITY: At least 2 years of experience in a leadership role (work, volunteer, or other setting), NCNA membership, and employer commitment to support time away from work required to complete the program.

NCNA 2015 Leadership Academy Graduates

Congratulations to the graduates of the NCNA Leadership Academy Class of 2015. They were recognized on October 1, 2015 at the NCNA Convention Awards Luncheon in Concord, NC.

Ginger Burkhead, Greensboro
Tina Cronin, Charlotte
Jean Davison, Chapel Hill
Meka El, Clemmons
Katie Fitzpatrick, Charlotte
Gail Harris, Charlotte
Linda Johanson, Morganton
Maureen Link, Charlotte
Joy Martin, Eagle Springs
Audrey Neal, Durham
Carrie Palmer, Cary
Tina Schoen, Waxhaw
Yolanda Smith, Raleigh

NCNA 2014 Leadership Academy Graduates

Congratulations to the graduates of the NCNA Leadership Academy Class of 2014. They were recognized on October 9, 2014 at the NCNA Convention Awards Luncheon.

Audrey Lynn Slate, High Point
Sharonda Boykin, Fayetteville
Marion Braden Alexander, Pfafftown
Kathryn Evans Kreider, Durham
Britney Summer Broyhill, Charlotte
Kara Hedvig, Charlotte
Yolanda Hyde, Hamlet
Daria Kring, Clemmons
Laura Magennis, Mount Holly
Karen Preston, Mooresville

NCNA 2013 Leadership Academy Graduates

Congratulations to the graduates of the NCNA Leadership Academy Class of 2013. They were recognized on October 2, 2013 at the NCNA Convention Awards Luncheon.

Kathleen Ashton, Durham   Carrie Edgison, Charlotte
Margaret Bowers, Durham

Kristie King, Asheville
Charlotte Craig, Gastonia

Susan Lane, Shelby
Julie DelCasino, Charlotte

Ashley Moore, Charlotte
Suzette Dennis, Monroe

Lisa Soltis, Raleigh
Allison Dimsdale, Durham

Diamond Staton-Williams, Harrisburg
Terri Dorn, Sanford

Julie Stratton, Concord
Cynthia Eaton, Littleton

Tomika Williams, Greensboro

NCNA Leadership Academy, Inaugural Class of 2012

The inaugural class of the NCNA Leadership Academy was recognized on October 3, 2012 at the NCNA Convention Awards Luncheon. Graduation marked the final step in a journey that began for the inaugural class one year ago when they submitted their applications to the program.

May Cheung, Charlotte Phyllis Justus, Davidson
Patricia Beckman, Asheville Martha Mills, Garner
Deborah Aldridge, Albemarle Katherine Pereira, Apex
Martica Craven, Seagrove Linda Stanton, Marshall
Dianne Daniels, Stanfield Margaret Crutchfield, Cary
Christopher Golding, Greensboro Anne Derouin, Raleigh
Mary A. Graff, Raleigh Valarie Gatlin, Grimesland
Shepeara Hall, Pittsboro Sara Hubbell, Cary


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