Educator Leader Development

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Jeffrey A. Willey, PhD, MSN, MEd
Department of Nursing, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD, USA
Jeanette Lancaster, PhD
Associate at Tufts Executive Search Firm. Retired as nursing professor., Vonore, TN, USA

The Emerging Educator Administrator Institute (EEAI) was developed by Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) and Chamberlain College of Nursing Center for Excellence in Nursing Education as a three-phase program that took place over a 12-month period. The purpose was to provide experienced nurses the opportunity to gain leadership skills and put them practice to advance excellence in professional nursing education. The curriculum was designed for basic exposure to leadership processes as well as individually driven as directed by participant needs. With the direction of experienced administrator’s and mentors, the process was directed and guided through an approved project goal. Participants initially met as a group and leaders were assigned according to experience and project. Leadership roles were discussed including such skills as communication, relationships, knowing one’s leadership style, and other required skills such as strategic planning and budgeting.

The project for this participant was focused on the budgeting process, strategic planning, and acquiring new personal identification number (PIN) lines for departmental needs. These lines become a permanent part of the department. Although the leadership role is never fully developed, the participant gained valuable experience in strategic planning, the budgeting process, and garnering new PIN lines for the department. Through valued continuous communication with the team (leader and two other participants), the experience was assessed as extremely valuable and enabled the participant to gain necessary leadership skills that further the advancement of nursing education. Success was obtained through the development of planned offerings on strategic planning and budgeting as well as through the mentorship of experienced leaders. One of the key elements obtained through this process was the networking opportunities that were developed both as the University and with EEAI participants through the program. As a result, new positions were obtained and skills strengthened in the areas of strategic planning, budgeting, and workload management.