Developing a Leadership Development Program

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Melissa A. Burdi, MS, RN
Administration in Online Postlicensure Programs, RNBSN Option, Chamberlain College of Nursing, Downers Grove, IL, USA
Jill S. Walsh, DNP, MS, CEN
Chamberlain College of Nursing, Downers Grove, IL, USA

The purpose of this  scholarly project was to explore the effectiveness of implementing a standardized leadership program on improving nurse manager competence and the impact on staff nurse satisfaction, nurse manager satisfaction and staff nurse turnover rates.  The literature reveals preliminary evidence that suggests overall effectiveness of standardized leadership programs in acute care organizations, but more research is needed.  A cross sectional descriptive design  was applied, surveying a total of 35 nurse managers. Participants were asked to rate the importance of specific leadership competencies using a 5-point Likert scale via an anonymous Qualtrics survey link.  Data was gathered and analyzed and  was used to develop a leadership competency framework for the leadership development program.,  Five leadership modules were created and presented to nurse manager participants.   In addition, retrospective secondary data from the organization’s 2013 Culture of Safety survey  was analyzed for retention and satisfaction opportunities.