Available dates

Dec 7—11, 2020
5 days
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
USD 6250
USD 1250 per day


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About the course

As nursing leaders advance within their organizations, the decisions, the issues, and the projects become increasingly complex and often occur across silos. Developing leadership skills is critical for this group to be effective managers and patient advocates, especially as hospitals and health systems face resource constraints and changes in both health care policy and patient care delivery.

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.

Nursing Leaders Program Highlights & Benefits

  • 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

Recognizing the importance of strategic leadership in a rapidly evolving health care setting where patient satisfaction and accountability are increasingly important, this program presents a comprehensive approach to strategy development that emphasizes management skills, both financial and human, that are crucial for success. Wharton Nursing Leaders Program is designed to help you be a more effective nurse leader, with 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 the latest strategic insights to help you enhance your leadership in a health care setting. Faculty members bring particular content expertise and vast experience working with senior clinician executives.

This program provides nursing leaders with well-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
  • Hospital Finance
  • Stakeholder Mapping
  • Effective Decision Making
  • Team Building and Motivation
  • Managing People: Influence and Persuasion

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.

Who should attend

This program, which is co-provided by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 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
  • The American Association of Colleges of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Participants leave the program with an expanded peer network, plus specific tools and frameworks to more

Trust the experts

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...


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