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Geriatric Nursing
Leadership Academy (GNLA)
Program Details

The Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy (GNLA) is an 18-month mentored leadership development experience offered by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). The blended curriculum of the GNLA provides a multitude of methodologies for developing leadership knowledge and competence. The investment in personal leadership development through this comprehensive experience will elevate the participant fellow’s scope of influence to a significantly higher level. Each fellow will select an expert mentor who will participate in the GNLA activities and guide them through the leadership development journey.

Who is eligible to be a fellow?

The GNLA seeks applications from outstanding geriatric nurses who are poised to be effective health care change leaders. This includes, but is not limited to, experienced RN clinicians, advanced practice nurses, managers, administrators, clinical and health service researchers, consultants, and educators actively engaged in the health care of older adults. In order to be eligible for the GNLA, applicants must:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and competence in the care of older adults.
  • Exhibit a desire to exert a profound impact in the quality of care and health outcomes for older adults.
  • Demonstrate potential to achieve higher levels of leadership in order to affect system wide change.
  • Possess a baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing and current RN licensure

Specific information on review criteria and weighting of the fellowship application may be found below. Applicants need not be a member of STTI to apply.





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What should be considered when selecting a mentor?

Applicants must select an experienced leader who is not a direct supervisor and who demonstrates the following characteristics:

  • Has extensive leadership experience
  • Possesses mentorship knowledge and expertise to guide and support the applicant's leadership journey
  • Demonstrates success as a mentor as evidenced by the accomplishments of prior mentees
  • Is able to create new networking opportunities and assist with navigating organization structure and culture
  • Is able to listen and provide feedback to assist throughout the applicant's leadership journey
  • Is able to attend and participate in all GNLA workshops, site visits and STTI's biennial convention

Specific information on review criteria and weighting of the mentorship application may be found below. Mentors need not be a nurse or a member of STTI to apply.

What are the anticipated fees for participation?

The GNLA seeks applications from geriatric nurses who, along with their employing institutions, are willing to make an 18-month commitment to the GNLA. It is the philosophy of the GNLA that this is a partnership between GNLA funders, STTI and the employing institutions of the fellow and mentor.

The Retirement Research Foundation and the John A. Hartford Foundation, along with Hill-Rom, provide generous support to assist the fellow and mentor pair with the expenses associated with participation in the GNLA. The following costs for the fellow and mentor pair are covered by this support:

  • Lodging for Workshop I, Workshop II and STTI Biennial Convention
  • Most meals associated with Workshops I and II
  • Faculty expenses associated with the site visits
  • Various learning materials

The following expenses are the responsibility of the fellow and/or mentor once they are accepted into the GNLA:

  • STTI administration fee for the applicant and mentor pair: US $500
  • Fellow and mentor travel to Workshop I: 27-30 June 2012, Indianapolis, Ind., USA
  • Fellow and mentor travel to Workshop II: 20-23 March 2013, location TBD
  • Fellow and mentor travel and meals related to participation in GNLA events at STTI Biennial Convention: 16-20 November 2013, Indianapolis, Ind., USA
  • Additional activities associated with the fellow's individualized leadership plan and project

Recommended sources for financial assistance include: employers, civic organizations, hospital auxiliaries, government agencies, community and professional foundations, professional organizations and STTI chapters.

The fellow and mentor are strongly encouraged to seek a shared financial commitment from their employing organizations as part of their participation in the GNLA.

What are some returns on investment that can be expected from completing the GNLA?

  • Access to world-class experts in leadership and geriatrics
  • A formal leadership development mentorship
  • Thorough assessment of leadership skills and personalized leadership development
  • Intensive exposure to evidence-based approaches to health care of older adults
  • The opportunity for guided development of an inter-professional leadership project
  • Formal evaluation processes
  • The benefits of coming together with other geriatric nurses for collaborative learning experiences
  • The opportunity to present your work at an STTI biennial convention

Continuing nursing education contact hours and a certificate of completion will also be awarded at the completion of the 18-month GNLA, contingent upon:

  • Completion of pre assignments prior to workshops
  • Attendance at both workshops
  • Participation in monthly learning enhancement activities
  • Design and implementation of an interprofessional team project
  • Arrangement and facilitation of site visits
  • Submission of site visit reports in a timely manner
  • Submission of abstract for poster presentation for STTI Biennial Convention
  • Attendance at biennial convention and presentation of poster
  • Submission of final report/evaluation

STTI is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

What criteria will be used during the selection process?

Fellow’s application will be reviewed and ranked on the following criteria:

  • Applicant’s leadership potential and articulated commitment to the advancement of nursing leadership in the care of older adults, including:
    • Formal and continuing education leadership preparation
    • Leadership experience
    • Assessment of leadership skills
    • Leadership goals
  • Evidence of applicant's background in geriatric nursing, including:
    • Formal and continuing education preparation in the care of older adults
    • Experience in the care of older adults
  • Quality and potential impact of the proposed project in terms of:
    • Improving health and health care of older adults
    • Fostering the applicant's leadership development
  • Letter of support from employing organization stating:
    • Support for applicant's participation in GNLA including release time for participation in two three-day leadership workshops, two organizational site visits, STTI’s Biennial Convention and to work on the leadership project and attainment of the identified GNLA leadership goals.
    • Support for travel, equipment, space, etc.
    • Commitment of organization senior leadership to participate in the two site visits.
    • Commitment to providing opportunities that enhance the applicant’s leadership development within the organization. 

Mentor’s application will be reviewed and ranked based on the following criteria:

  • Mentor’s demonstrated leadership and mentoring skills as well as an articulated commitment to the advancement of nursing leadership in the care of older adults, including:
    • Substantial preparation and experience as a leader
    • Previous experience as a leadership mentor
    • Willingness to foster access to networks of other leaders and key organizations
    • Articulated commitment to foster the fellow’s leadership development
    • Articulated commitment to the leadership goals of the applicant
    • Ability to provide guidance to the fellow in completing the leadership project
  • Letter of support from employing organization stating:
    • Support for the mentor’s participation in GNLA, including participation in two three-day leadership workshops, two organizational site visits, STTI’s Biennial Convention and scheduled conference calls and meetings associated with the fellow’s leadership development, as well as travel where applicable.

How will applications be evaluated?

The review panel will evaluate and score submitted applications based on the following weights:

  • Fellow applicant
    • Leadership potential and geriatric background  – 35%
      o Leadership project – 15%
      o Letter of support from employing organization – 10%
  • Mentor applicant
    • Demonstrated leadership and mentorship and commitment to GNLA program and fellow applicant – 35%
    • Letter of support from employing organization – 5%


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