Innovative leadership program expands reach

April 2016   Comments

Leading in complex environments
June 19, pre-convention workshop

Workshop designed for nurses in practice, middle management and executive positions will allow them to explore high-impact leadership actions

For more than 15 years, the Dorothy Wylie Health Leaders Institute (DWHLI) has been bringing together health-care leaders from across the country for a concentrated study of leadership principles, models, skills and tools. The institute is a five-day, residential, interprofessional leadership program with several months of structured virtual followup. It explores and helps develop the leadership knowledge and skills participants need to practise in health care today.

To date, more than 2,300 health-care professionals have attended the institute, which is named in honour of an established Canadian nurse leader. In a recent survey of institute alumni, more than 75 per cent said their experience there had a positive or profound impact on their personal life and career and was a “catalyst for change.”

On June 19, one day before the CNA biennial convention, DWHLI will present a day-long workshop that will draw on key content from the nationally acclaimed program. The workshop will explore leadership practice in many clinical areas, discuss a proven framework and advance ideas about how to lead more effectively in increasingly complex environments. Led by DWHLI faculty members Beverley Simpson, Judith Skelton-Green and Julia Scott, this interactive session will provide an overview of leadership approaches and practices to advance nurses’ shared professional agenda: improving the health of Canadians; demonstrating their impact on individual, population and system outcomes; and influencing the broader policy agenda.

By expanding the reach of this innovative leadership program, the institute and CNA are working together to connect, develop and support nurse leaders from across Canada, says Simpson. “We aim to inspire and energize participants to continue moving the nursing profession forward in exercising its leadership potential.”

Attendees will have a chance to learn and reflect on leadership competencies they would like to develop and to refresh their ideas about leading more effectively in practice. As well, they may choose to build on this day by participating in the full DWHLI experience later in 2016.

Attendance at this event entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE/Fellow) to 2.75 Category II credits toward their maintenance of certification requirement.

CNA and DWHLI joined forces late last year. The institute’s program will be a companion to the association’s existing professional development offerings, including continuing competencies, advanced practice support and specialty certification. By working together, the two organizations will extend the reach of the institute’s program, explore new blended learning approaches and integrate advanced technology to enhance participation.

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