Wharton Nursing Leaders Program

The Wharton School

The Wharton School

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Who should attend

This program is for higher-level nurse-managers who are preparing for the role of chief nursing officer (CNO). Specifically, an individual attending this program must meet two of the three following criteria:

  • Reports directly to the CNO of the organization
  • Has multi-unit fiscal and management responsibilities
  • Manages direct reports who have supervisory responsibility

About the course

As nursing leaders advance within their organizations, the decisions, issues, and projects become increasingly complex and often occur across silos. Developing leadership skills is critical for this group to be effective leaders and patient advocates, especially as hospitals and health systems face new challenges to the way they deliver care and constraints on both time and resources.

Wharton Nursing Leaders Program addresses this complexity, from identifying the key stakeholders and influencing their behaviors to learning to manage resources and knowing when to terminate a task force or project. Small-group work enhances learning and applying the lessons from the classroom.

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Highlights and Key Outcomes

In Wharton Nursing Leaders, you will:

  • Develop essential financial skills, and better communicate budgetary information to peers and staff
  • Gain an awareness of the strategic issues facing the health care organization and the stakeholders within and outside the organization
  • Develop critical analytical skills necessary to manage task forces or project teams
  • Enhance the ability to manage resources, both human and financial, and to optimize clinical and administrative performance

Experience & Impact

The importance of strategic leadership in a rapidly evolving health care setting, where limited resources and an evolving regulatory environment are creating new and more complex challenges, can’t be underestimated. Wharton Nursing Leaders Program presents a comprehensive approach to strategy and leadership development that emphasizes management skills, both human and financial, that are crucial for success. The program is designed to help you be a more effective nurse leader, providing tools to better manage resources, be more responsive to stakeholders, and optimize your nursing staff’s performance.

Wharton faculty apply their field-based research and latest practical insights to help you enhance your leadership in a health care setting. With satisfaction and quality measures growing in importance as reimbursements decrease, you need a laser focus on outcomes. Faculty content expertise and vast experience working with senior clinician executives will assist you in developing the essential analytical, financial, and leadership skills you need to provide a laser focus on outcomes.

This program provides nursing leaders with tested tools and frameworks that will clarify and enhance their strategic thinking, whether they need to negotiate for additional resources, unveil a new strategy, or simply oversee the day-to-day operations of their department.

Session topics include:

  • Planning for Execution
  • Financial Acumen
  • Critical Thinking
  • Change Management
  • Executive Presence
  • Influence, Persuasion, and Negotiation

Through highly interactive lectures, exercises, and case studies, both in the classroom and in smaller work groups, this program will give participants the business acumen, leadership, and critical thinking skills that will enhance their value as both a nursing leader and a hospital administrator.

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Kathy Pearson

Kathy Pearson is Founder and President of Enterprise Learning Solutions, a firm focused on executive development. She is a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania and has also served as an adjunct associate professor in the Operations and...

Richard Shell

Consistently listed as one of Wharton’s top professors in BusinessWeek’s bi-annual “Guide to the Best Business Schools,” Richard’s expertise covers negotiations, persuasion and strategy. He has taught and consulted for more than 100 businesses and nonprofits including Google, Johnson & Johnso...

Quinn Bauriedel

Speaker, Pig Iron Theater Company About Quinn: Quinn Bauriedel is a Founder and Coartistic director of the OBIE Awardwinning Pig Iron Theatre Company. For the last 12 years, he has toured across Europe, South America and the United States, performing in the company's original and highly physica...

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