Fifteen Nash Health Care nurses recently completed a new leadership development program, equipping them to face the demands and challenges of nurse management in a rapidly changing health care environment. These graduates were recognized during a ceremony that commended them for their dedication to excellence.
“We have a lot of talent at this organization,” said Leslie Hall, senior vice president and chief nursing officer of Nash Health Care. “We wanted to provide a way to nurture and develop this talent for another generation of health care leaders, so we created the nursing leadership development program.”
Through the Nursing Leadership Development Program, nurses participate in online classroom modules and a two-hour session once a month, where they utilize case studies and other learning tools as a part of their educational experience. Each participant must pass a test for each online module. The program consists of 12 online modules that cover in-depth topics such as: transitioning from nurse to nurse manager, mentoring, effective communication, utilization of data to determine staff levels, and budgeting. To qualify for the program, nurses must be working towards or have a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Nurses successfully completing the program receive 50 points toward professional advancement programs and 24 hours of continuing education credit.
Those who recently graduated from the program include: Susan Battle, Lynn Bradshaw, Gina Champion, Emma Collins, Brandy Earp, Joel Hedgepeth, Holly Hester, Jennifer Kendrick, Mary Kay Magallon, Shakeerah McCoy, Erica Moore, Cricket Richardson, Patricia Silver, and Delight Strickland.
Nash Health Care President and CEO Larry Chewning (far right) joins Leslie Hall, chief nursing officer (far left) and Patrick Kennedy, corporate compliance officer, (second from left) in congratulating the most recent graduates of the hospital’s nursing leadership development program. Pictured are, from left, Hall, Gina Champion, Kennedy, Jennifer Kendrick, Holly Hester, Emma Collins, Lynn Bradshaw, Erica Moore, Shakeerah McCoy, Patricia Silver, Susan Battle, and Chewning. Program graduates who are not pictured are: Brandy Earp, Joel Hedgepeth, Mary Kay Magallon, Cricket Richardson, and Delight Strickland.