Experienced Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy pairs experienced faculty members with mentors.
The Experienced Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy (ENFLA) kicked off 24-25 October 2014 as 26 enthusiastic, energetic nurses in the inaugural cohort met in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, for the first of two workshops. The 12-month academy is the first of many programs to launch from the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI)/Chamberlain College of Nursing Center for Excellence in Nursing Education.
The program pairs full-time faculty who have at least seven years of experience with experienced mentors, who are then supported by ENFLA faculty members. Throughout the academy, scholars will develop an individualized leadership progression plan and create and implement a leadership project to achieve their desired leadership development goals.
Presentations during the two-day workshop included sessions on visioning, legacy building, boundary spanning, emotional intelligence, leadership theories, and personal assessment.
ENFLA is a “wonderful immersion in nursing leadership,” said scholar Deborah Greenawald, PhD, RN, CNE, associate professor of nursing and Pre-licensure BSN Program coordinator at Alvernia University. Greenawald said she feels challenged and excited by the leadership academy and is “deeply grateful to STTI for recognizing the lifelong learning needs of experienced nurse faculty,” specifically, the need for additional knowledge and support as nurses move into new positions of greater responsibility and authority within their institutions.
Mentor Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and director of interprofessional education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, said she appreciates ENFLA’s support of mid-career nursing faculty members as they continue to grow and expand their leadership knowledge and skills. “Our ability to prepare the next generation of entry-level nurses, advanced practice nurses, and nurse scientists requires agility within the educational arena,” she added. “The ENFLA program exemplifies the importance of lifelong learning!”