Structure & Content

This one-year leadership development program is structured to begins around April of each year and is to be completed by program fellows within a one year period.  The program uses an innovative delivery approach that combines

  • distance-based learning activities
  • small-group project mentoring with experienced coaches
  • on-site leadership retreats
  • a transformational health project
  • individualized professional development coaching

Program fellows are expected to participate fully in all program activities.



Program fellows will be presented new perspectives, best practices and innovative tools by renowned experts and industry innovators from Duke University and other academic institutions, as well as leading health care professionals nationwide. Through peer-to-peer learning, the program promotes a lifelong network of nurse leaders who can support and reinforce each other’s efforts during and beyond the program year.

Core Leadership Sessions

Fellows will meet in-person with an initial, immersive on-site retreat April 25-28, 2019 in Durham, NC.  A second, distance-based core leadership webconferece will be held November 16-17, 2019.  A final on-site retreat will be held in Durham at the program’s conclusion May 1-3, 2020. 
Because all retreat sessions are planned to be very interactive and involve collaborative activities, in-person attendance is required for the on-site retreats and live, real-time participation via webcam is required for the November distance retreat. Individuals interested in the program should make sure that their schedule allows for them to fully participate on these dates before applying.

Before and during the first on-site retreat, program fellows will be oriented to program expectations, distance-learning didactic methods, technology requirements, and independent project details. They will also have an opportunity to become acquainted with project faculty and other program fellows from across the country.  All retreat sessions will involve learning experiences including seminars, learning circles, discussion groups, and group exercises, with the possibility of evening sessions on some days.

Distance-Based Learning

Program fellows should expect to spend an average of three to four hours per week on distance-based learning and project activities using some or all of the following modalities: video-streamed lectures, video clips, audio components, guided readings, discussion boards, interactive web activities, threaded discussions, on-line modules and conference calls. All program fellows will use Sakai, an on-line learning system that facilitates flexible, open-source collaboration and learning between program faculty and program fellows.

Technology Requirements

In order to participate fully in this program, fellows are required to have:

  • computer storage space available to install and run a current internet browser and required software (e.g., Zoom, Web-Ex)
  • a computer headphone with a mutable microphone
  • broadband connection to the Internet (DSL, cable or satellite)
  • a webcam, compatible with the Personal Computer/Mac
  • a personal computer or Mac whose operating system is Windows 7 or macOS or newer, with a 2.5 GHz processor and 2 GB memory, and up-to-date web browsers