Training Content

Through the program’s rich leadership and management content, all program fellows can expect to add to their individual and team-based skills and competencies; team leads can also expect to develop qualities that support successful operation, management or ownership of a nurse-led initiatives, services, units, and practices. All program fellows will engage in a variety of distance-based and onsite workshops, seminars, team learning and building, projects, individual and group professional development sessions, and other interactive educational formats.

Workshops & Seminars

On-site and distance-based workshop and seminar topics fall within four distinctive competency domains. The domains are listed below along with some examples and descriptions of sessions that could possibly be included to address those domains.

Effective Leadership: Self Awareness, Effective Communication, Relationship-Building, Team Development, Diversity and Inclusiveness, Impactful Writing, and Public Speaking

  • Leading Effectively through Understanding Self and Others- Details primary leadership styles, how to identify natural strengths, communication styles and how these affect the work settings.
  • Team Development- Describes stages of team development and techniques and tools for building and organizing teams
  • Public Speaking- Examine ways to enhance communication skills, discuss appropriate body language, and practice and receive feedback on effective group presentation skills.

Financial and Business Acumen: Financial Concepts, Budgetary Planning, Financial Sustainability Financial Analysis, Health Care Economics

  • Organizational Finance: Being Savvy and Sustainable- Provides an awareness of the strategic issues facing health care organizations and their stakeholders. Discusses approaches for planning financial viability and sustainability.
  • Health Economics: Making a Business Case for Your Idea- Discusses best practices for making a business case, including calculating Return On Investment and determining accurate cost savings from reduced medical utilization.
  • Understanding Financial Statements- Focuses on analyzing financial statements, such as, balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow statements, and explores how financial statements can be used to direct business decisions.

Health Care Operations: Project/Program Planning and Evaluation, Health Information Technology, Change Management

  • Project/Program Planning and Evaluation- Centers on employing planning techniques, such as the logic model, to guide change in an organization. Further discusses building an evaluation plan to assess program effectiveness and processes.
  • Change Management- Identifies strategies for implementing change and how to overcome barriers to change.
  • Health Information Technology- Explores the use of data to support and manage change while learning how to apply population health data findings to one’s work environment to improve operational efficiency and health outcomes.

Community and Health Systems: Community Engagement, Population Health Analysis and Decision-Making, Social Determinants of Health, Health Policy Advocacy

  • Serving the Underserved- Discusses effective strategies for engaging underserved populations. Focuses on ways to build partnerships and engage key stakeholders within the community.
  • Community Engagement- Highlights the positive impacts of leaders’ involvement in local communities by emphasizing the need to include members of the community in developing programs for health related causes. Discusses community engagement barriers and pitfalls and recommendations for overcoming those barriers.
  • Health Policy Advocacy- Identifies issues in health care that rise to the level of policy intervention and proposes a solution. Emphasizes the use of storytelling and engaging in an advocacy conversations with a policy maker through roleplay.

Transformational Projects

COVID-19 Update

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, transformation in health care protocols, practices and provision of care and training are not only desired – they are necessary.  We welcome project proposals that focus on COVID-19 response efforts for organizations, patients and communities.

The transformational health improvement project is an opportunity for health care teams to:

  • Incorporate leadership and management skills and concepts learned throughout the program
  • Develop a practical and sustainable short term step towards a future in health care that inspires them
  • Create a project that impacts at least one of the following outcome domains:

The Duke-Johnson & Johnson project teams will:

  • Work in collaboration with their employer organization or other partner agency
  • Work with a Project Coaching Circle that includes an advisor and other project teams along with program staff for support

Program Outcomes

In addition to fostering their own leadership and management capabilities, participants’ projects have positively impacted their organizations and the communities they serve. Some examples of project outcomes from past projects include:

  • Establishment of a new telemedicine CHIP clinic, expanding the services of the only clinic serving HIV-positive children, adolescents and pregnant women in its region
  • Creation of a co-located dental-primary care practice model that is managed by APNs
  • Formation of a fully-developed business plan to establish a new nurse-managed practice
  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of, and inform future directions for, a nurse-managed healthcare center in a homeless service center.
  • Development of a new evidence-based, online, graduate level course available for nursing students and licensed RNs and NPs focused on pediatric behavioral and mental health
  • Utilization of a new root cause analysis tool which has reduced unplanned acute care transfers from nursing homes to hospitals among Medicare patients

Project Dissemination

Fellows have disseminated project results within their organizations, to community members, organizations and boards, to fellow nurses and other colleagues, to students, and to patients and clients. Examples of projects which have resulted in academic journal articles or professional presentations include:

Biggerstaff, M. E., & Short, N. (2017) Evaluation of specialist referrals at a rural health care clinic. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Paul, S., Barr, E., Dunn, J., et al. (2017, March) Implementing telehealth into the Children’s Hospital Immunodeficiency Prrogram (CHIP) clinic. Poster session presented at the National Conference on Pediatric Health Care, Denver, CO.

Wessel, L. A. (2017). Shifting gears: Engaging nurse practitioners in prescribing time outdoors. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 13(1), 89-96.

Executive Coaching

Executive coaching is a process of partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative way that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential, helping leaders achieve positive, long-term, measurable change in behaviors for themselves and their teams. Executive coaching can help you gain clarity and work toward achieving desired behavioral change, aspirations, goals, and leadership development.

Individual executive coaching, available to all program participants, focuses on specific, individual leadership challenges.

Leadership Salons for Team Leads

Team leads participate in small group conversations to help increase leadership insights and gain opportunities for peer coaching, fellowship and networking with other experienced nurse leaders. Experienced nurse leaders will facilitate these salon sessions, and they will be available throughout the program year.

Consultative Panels

Each team will present, via web-conference, their project plan and activities to a panel of health care experts, who will provide feedback.