Members of the Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy visited Indianapolis for a three-day workshop that kicked off their 18-month leadership experience. This Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International program, was made possible with a grant from The Elsevier Foundation. The program aims to alleviate the nursing faculty shortage by focusing on retaining and transitioning new nurse educators to the faculty role.
Tony Forrester, RN, PhD, ANEF, professor and faculty president of the School of Nursing at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, said STTI is committed to individual leadership development. “I want nurse faculty to be successful — more than just satisfied with their career,” Forrester, NFLAs lead faculty member, said in a news release. “I want faculty to lead the innovation and provide the leadership needed to truly transform nursing education for the future.”
The 2012-13 NFLA cohort includes 16 scholars, 16 mentors and eight faculty, who represent 29 universities, 15 states and provinces, and four countries including Australia, Canada, Thailand and the U.S. The mentored leadership academy supports recommendations contained in the 2010 Institute of Medicine report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.”
“We believe when we invest in leadership and provide the opportunity for individuals to grow and influence others, we are also helping the broader community of colleagues and nursing students down the road,” David Ruth, executive director for the Elsevier Foundation, said in a news release.