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University of Maryland School of Nursing Faculty Members Selected to NLN Leadership Program

February 2, 2015

Program designed for nurse educators seeking a rapid transition into a leadership role.

LEAD ParticipantsBaltimore, Md. – Five University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) faculty members have been selected to participate in the National League for Nursing’s (NLN) 2015 LEAD Program.  Amy Daniels, MS ’12, BSN ’89, RN, CHSE, clinical instructor; Lori Edwards, DrPH,  BSN ’80, RN, PHCNS-BC, assistant professor; Vanessa Fahie, PhD ’94, BS ’76 RN, assistant professor; Margaret Hammersla, MS ’05, BSN ’95, RN, CRNP, assistant professor; and Michelle Moulton, MS ’09 , RN, PCCN, CHSE, clinical instructor, were chosen.

LEAD, a part of the NLN Leadership Institute, focuses on leadership development for nurse educators who are emerging into administrative leadership roles or for the Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators. A year-long program, LEAD teams participants with peers and experts to examine issues related to leadership concepts and organizational systems. The program guides participants in developing strong management and leadership skills, the art of negotiation and communication within groups, and how to develop teams that perform at a high level. Additionally, the program helps members create a three-year, focused career plan; examine key issues in organizational dynamics; and implement an individual plan for leadership development.

“The LEAD program is a great opportunity for members of our faculty to be exposed to world-class nursing professionals,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN.  “It is through these types of interactions that leadership skills are nurtured and developed, which leads to lasting transformation in professional growth and maintainable institutional change.”    

NLN, comprised of nurse educators, education agencies, health care agencies, and interested members of the public, is dedicated to excellence in nursing education. Its members are offered faculty development programs, networking opportunities, nursing research grants, testing and assessment, and public policy initiatives.

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The University of Maryland School of Nursing, founded in 1889, is one of the oldest and largest nursing schools, and is ranked eleventh nationally. Enrolling more than 1,700 students in its baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs, the School develops leaders who shape the profession of nursing and impact the health care environment.