Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International's International Leadership Institute: Preparing the Future Leaders in Nursing Practice, Education, Research, and Administration

Wednesday, 15 July 2009: 2:05 PM

Mary Rita Hurley, RN, MPA
International Leadership Institute, Sigma Theta Tau International, Indianapolis, IN
Lois Sarah Marshall, PhD, RN
Educational Consultant, Self Employed, Miami, FL

Learning Objective 1: discuss the programs of the STTI International Leadership Institute and how participation in them can enhance their leadership roles in practice, education, research, and/or administration.

Learning Objective 2: discuss the role of the leadership journey in their career trajectory.

Purpose: As nursing professionals build, manage, and advance their careers, the ability to lead is inextricably connected to their career choices. The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International's (STTI) International Leadership Institute (ILI) prepares future leaders in professional nursing for positions in practice, education, research, administration, and health care policy development.
Methods: The ILI's programs include the Leadership Academy, preparing STTI Chapter leaders; the Mentored Leadership Program, preparing leaders for diverse nursing positions; the Board Leadership Development Program, preparing nurse leaders for positions on national and international boards; the Geriatric Nurse Leadership Academy, preparing geriatric nurses, clinical nurse specialists, and nurse practitioners to care for the aging population and develop health care policies; the Maternal Child Health Leadership Academy, preparing nurses to influence clinical and patient outcomes; and the Writing for Successful Abstracts program preparing nurses to write abstracts for research grant proposals and presentations.
Results:  Program "graduates" take their new knowledge in each area and bring it to their communities in the form of creative and innovative ideas in clinical practice, administration, education, and/or research.  Public policy ideas developed are then taken to the next level of implementation and ultimately evaluation. Participants from each program present their program projects and ideas in such forms as poster and oral presentations, journal writings, and continuing education presentations.  Qualitative and quantitative research projects by participants that are specific to their program goals are in various stages of development, as well as programmatic research by STTI.
Conclusions: Mentorship is a key to preparing nurses for leadership roles in all areas.  As nursing professionals plan for a future global health care delivery system, STTI will play a significant role in the preparation of nursing leaders. As the healthcare needs of the world's people evolve, the responsibilities of nurse leaders must evolve also.