In cooperation with our funding partner Johnson & Johnson, MCH Nurse Leadership Academy Africa develops the leadership skills of maternal and child health nurses and midwives who work in a variety of health care settings. The academy prepares these nurses for effective interprofessional team leadership as they strive to improve the quality of health care for childbearing women and children up to 5 years old.
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 proposes that leadership is a measurable, learnable, and teachable set of behaviors. The academy believes that these behaviors are learned best when applied to realistic settings. The academy is designed to operationalize these learned behaviors by assisting and supporting the fellow in developing and implementing an interdisciplinary team project.
Nurses and midwives accepted into the program will:
· Be paired with 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
· Design an individualized leadership development plan with guidance from their Leadership Mentor and Faculty Advisor (assigned by STTI)
· Implement and manage an interdisciplinary team leadership project that results in practice outcomes
· Facilitate two Site Wisits with the triad
· Deliver a poster presentation and attend academy celebration activities at Tau Lambda At-Large Convention
At the conclusion of the 18- month academy, fellows will have the skills to:
· Improve maternal-child health outcomes through leadership skills and evidence-based practice
· Introduce improvements in health systems or models of care
· Create and effectively lead an interdisciplinary team to improve maternal-child health practice outcomes
· Contribute to the field through project evaluation, communication and dissemination of results