Apply now for Cohort IV of the GNLA!
Academy Purpose and Overview
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 provides many methodologies for developing leadership knowledge and competence with a focus on the following three domains:
- Individual leadership development
- Advancing nursing practice through leadership of an interprofessional team leadership project
- Expanding scope of influence: organization, community, profession
The leadership skills component of the academy is based on the research and teachings of Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, as described in “The Leadership Challenge®.” Their model (KP Model) proposes that leadership is a measurable, learnable, and teachable set of behaviors. The academy believes that these behaviors are most effectively learned by applying them in a realistic setting. The academy is designed to operationalize these learned behaviors by assisting and supporting the Fellow in developing and implementing an interprofessional project that is centered on improving geriatric health outcomes.
Nurses accepted into the program will:
- Select a Leadership Mentor who will guide them through their leadership development over the 18-month period.
- Maintain collegial relationship with academy triad (Fellow, Leadership Mentor and Faculty Advisor).
- Attend two intensive workshops with their chosen Leadership Mentor:
- Workshop I, June 11-13, 2014 in Indianapolis, IN
- Workshop II, February 25-27, 2015 in Indianapolis, IN
- Design an individualized leadership development plan with guidance from their Leadership Mentor and Faculty Advisor (assigned by STTI).
- Implement and manage an interprofessional team leadership project that results in practice outcomes and aligns with the mission and vision of the Fellows' association/organization/institution (A/O/I).
- Facilitate two in-person site visits with triad.
- Attend academy celebration activities at STTI's Biennial Convention, 7–11 November 2015 in Las Vegas, NV.
“The GNLA experience was instrumental in actualizing my potential as a leader. With the supportive structured curriculum and intensive mentored experience, I garnered new skills, behaviors, and the confidence to expand my influence and to make an impact on improving outcomes for older adults.”
Karen Reynolds, DNP, CNS-BC, FGNLA