About The Program

With a focus on building team and workforce capacity to create, deliver and sustain health care transformation, the Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program will provide nurse leaders and their team members with opportunities to identify their personal leadership styles and philosophies and learn how to expand upon them when directing, supporting and participating in diverse interprofessional health care teams. These teams will go on to create, deliver and sustain health care transformation. Skills and competencies that individuals and their teams acquire through program participation can be applicable to the urban, rural, large or small clinical environment.

The program utilizes an innovative delivery approach that combines monthly distance-based learning activities, small-group mentoring with experienced project advisors, individual and group executive coaching sessions, weekend web-conferences and on-site leadership development retreats. Fellows also conduct a transformational health improvement project that incorporates use of leadership and quality improvement skills acquired throughout the program.

Mission

The Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership program prepares APNs and their interprofessional teams to transform their practices and create improved health within their communities.

Goals

By augmenting participants’ professional growth and development through a transformative learning experience, the Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program aims to increase the number of APN or experienced RNs and their interprofessional team members who:

  • possess core skills and competencies to effectively participate in interprofessional teams and lead innovative models of care for vulnerable populations
  • utilize state-of-the-art tools and methodologies to catalyze change within systems of care
  • act on behalf of patients to address needs within the larger health care system
  • provide quality care that is efficient and effective to improve individual and community health outcomes

Program Benefits

The Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program is made available through a generous contribution from Johnson & Johnson. Through a flexible, content-rich structure designed for busy professionals, our program offers:

  • Innovative learning experiences, guided by national experts
  • Mentorship from health care and other industry leaders
  • Tangible, immediate organizational improvement efforts
  • A national network of program alumni and partners

The investment of your time and efforts can lead, over time, to creating more efficient, effective and sustainable health care systems, which improve the health outcomes and well-being of clients and their communities. By the end of the program,

Fellows will:

  • possess core skills and competencies to effectively lead or support health care practices and teams
  • utilize state-of-the-art tools and methodologies to catalyze change within systems of care
  • act on behalf of patients to address needs within the larger health care system
  • provide quality care that is efficient and effective to improve individual and community health outcomes

Employers will:

  • gain workforce teams with improved problem-solving and decision-making abilities
  • acquire improved leaders to disseminate new skills and knowledge gained across the organization
  • benefit from increased employee engagement, satisfaction and retention
  • benefit from the execution of a transformational health improvement project to improve their organization

For more information, please see: Program Outcomes.

Participants and Project Team Structure

Program participants will consist of teams of 2-3 professionals able to collaborate together on a common transformational health improvement project. Teams must be led by an APN (for the purposes of this program, the APN should be a Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nurse Midwife or Clinical Nurse Specialist) or an experienced RN who plans to collaborate with other team members to launch a transformational health improvement project together. Please note that we are not accepting individual applications this year.

Team Leads: An APN/experienced RN who can attend all required program activities and assume responsibility for ensuring that their project team members meets all program requirements.

Team Partners: Consists of 1-2 health professional colleagues collaborating with the team lead on a health improvement project and who can fulfill program requirements. Although team partners can also be nurses, they can also be from other diverse health care disciplines or professions. The composition of the team should be driven by the needs of the health improvement project and who can help make the project vision become a reality.

For more information, please see: Who Should Apply.

Program Structure and Requirements

The Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program is structured to provide working health care professionals a program rich in content. Multiple approaches are used to build individual and team leadership capacity and are designed be engaging learning experiences while still accommodating other professional-personal life demands:

  • Transformational Projects: Each team plans and implements a project to foster organizational change at their site. All team members must participate in this core program component.
  • Web-conferences & Onsite Retreats: Intensive, synchronous activities focused on building leadership & Management skills as well as supporting transformational projects. All team members are expected to participate in web-conferences and the first onsite retreat. Only team leads are required to attend the final onsite retreat.
  • Consultative Panels: Once during the program year, each team will present, via web conference, their project plan and activities to a panel of health care experts, who will provide feedback.
  • L&M Activities: Webinars and self-directed activities are offered on a monthly basis and designed to foster Leadership & Management skills. Participation is strongly encouraged for all team members.
  • Monthly Project Coaching Circles: Project Coaching Circles consist of 2-3 teams, which meet together monthly, under the guidance of a health care leader acting as “coach” for the entire program term. The focus of the Coaching Circles is to help support teams design, implement and evaluate their health improvement projects.
  • Individual Executive Coaching: One-on-one sessions with an executive coach are available to all program participants. It is a thought provoking process with a certified executive coach to help guide and inspire participants to maximize their personal and professional potential. Many participants work on developing greater emotional intelligence, cultivating resilience and honing their interpersonal skills to address the many challenges and goals that they as leaders. These sessions are mandatory for team leads and strongly encouraged for all team partners.
  • APN Leadership Salons: Team leads participate in small group conversations to help increase leadership insights and gain opportunities for peer coaching, fellowship and networking with other APN colleagues. Sessions are facilitated by experienced nurse leaders and are available throughout the program year.

Program Cost and Time Investment

The program enrollment fee is $3000 for two-member teams and $3900 for three-member teams. Participants are also responsible for their travel expenses to all onsite retreats. All other expenses, including meals and lodging during on-site retreats are arranged and costs covered by the program, and learning materials/resources and training fees are covered as well.

For more information, please see: Program Costs.

Team Leads are expected to invest about 3-5 hours per week in the program including attendance at onsite retreats, web-conferences, distance-based activities and coaching circles as well as leading the transformational health improvement project. Team leads must attend both onsite retreats and both web-conferences.

Team Partners: are expected to invest approximately 1-3 hours per week, including participation in one onsite retreat, both web-conferences, distance-based activities, as well as supporting the transformational health improvement project by applying their unique knowledge and skill sets.

Depending on their profession/discipline, team members may have any opportunity to earn professional continuing education units for participation in onsite leadership retreats, live monthly webinars, and coaching circle meetings.

For more information, please see Structure & Content.