About the Leadership Academy

Leadership development is recognized as an essential element in the process of advancing the profession of nursing. The Leadership Academy was created in response to the recommendations cited in the Institute of Medicine’s national report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (2010). Through this program, NCNA will:

  • Identify emerging nurse leaders from across the state
  • Encourage them with a series of leadership workshops
  • Assist in sharpening their skills so that they will exert a strong positive influence on the future of nursing and the healthcare industry.

NCNA’s leadership academy is housed within NCNA’s charitable arm, the North Carolina Foundation for Nursing. It is a high-intensity, competitive application-based leadership development program for nurses to prepare them for positions of strategy and influence.

The program places a premium on educating, mentoring, and grooming nurses to serve as active leaders in a variety of positions (i.e. state and local government boards/commissions, elected office, hospital boards/leadership, community boards, etc.).

ELIGIBILITY: At least 2 years of experience in a leadership role (work, volunteer, or other setting), NCNA membership, and employer commitment to support time away from work required to complete the program.

Read article by LTC (ret) Jim Reed, DNP, MSN, CRNA; 2019 Leadership Academy Graduate.

The NCNA Leadership Academy is open to all members of the North Carolina Nurses Association. The committee will be seeking representation from a cross-section of the profession. These leaders and potential leaders will be active either in business, education, the arts, religion, government, community-based organizations, ethnic or minority groups, or nursing specialty areas, and will reflect the diversity of the organization.