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The colleges of Nursing and Business Administration are joining forces to hold a nursing leadership program.

The five-month long program begins August 21.

The program is an executive development series that brings together the experience and expertise of both colleges’ faculty to transform today’s nurses into tomorrow’s health care business leaders.

“The world of healthcare is changing at such a rapid pace and nurses are expected to be at the front lines leading transformations in patient care and safety and quality initiatives,” said Victoria Niederhauser, dean of the College of Nursing. “This program will equip nurses with the knowledge and skills to successfully lead today and in the future.”

The curriculum is designed for nurses preparing to move into positions of leadership or who are in leadership positions and want to expand their health care business knowledge and leadership skills. It uses interactive learning, individual and team coursework, lectures, and experiential and multimode simulations to push them to learn, think and lead at higher levels.

All five two-day sessions have a common theme with a variety of topics to provide the necessary depth needed to develop good leadership and management skills. The first cohort includes nurses from three regional health care systems who can immediately apply concepts learned to their organizations.

“This customized curriculum integrates business acumen with leadership skills from a nursing perspective–something that isn’t found in generic leadership courses.  We are committed to helping our students refine their leadership abilities while they learn the business of health care,” said Bruce Behn, associate dean of the College of Business Administration’s Graduate and Executive Education.

For more information, visit the program website.

C O N T A C T: 

Lea Anne Law (865-974-5001,

Whitney Heins (865-974-5460,