2024-2025 LeadingAge Nebraska Nurse Leadership Academy

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On behalf of LeadingAge Nebraska and our Board of Directors, nurse leaders from all over Nebraska are invited to apply for the second LeadingAge Nebraska Nurse Leadership Academy! Over the eight months of the Academy, our goal is to provide nurse leaders with clinical knowledge to perform their job, leadership skills to improve team dynamics, and collaborative relationships that will last a lifetime.

Registration deadline is July 31, 2024.


This page will provide you a general overview of the Academy structure, including important dates and contacts.

In person meetings: Several of the sessions will be held in person. It is important that you are in attendance at these meetings in order to obtain the continuing education credits and continue learning with your cohort.

Virtual meetings: Some meetings, particularly over the winter months, will be held online. These meetings may be shorter in duration. These meetings will continue to provide educational curriculum that is important to the course and live attendance online is required. Continuing education credits will not be provided for these sessions.

Virtual mentoring sessions: Virtual mentoring sessions will be held in addition to the virtual education opportunities. These meetings are to connect on an individual basis with a mentor and discuss any items that have come up in your implementation of skills, ask questions, receive clarification and general discussion.

Continuing Education: A minimum of 25 hours of continuing education from Nebraska DHHS Regulation and Licensure, Board of NHA has been approved for the Nurse Leadership Academy. Appropriate records will be maintained for other disciplines to receive credit from their credentialing organizations. Continuing education credits are dependent upon attendance verification. Up to 25 nursing contact hours for all nurses, provided by IWCC, Iowa’s Board of Nursing Provider #6. Approval pending.

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Key Contacts: In the event that you are unable to attend any sessions, please contact LeadingAge Nebraska staff to notify them prior to your absence. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions throughout the Academy as well.


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Kierstin Reed



[email protected]

Natalie McCormick



[email protected]


Schedule of Events 2024-2025:




August 29, 2024


Virtual introduction to the Nurse Leadership Academy, Overview of the Nurse LEAD program and online work, and overview of all sessions

September 12 & 13, 2024

Kearney, NE

Leadership Characteristics and Principles, Leadership Style Assessment, Establishing and Upholding Expectations for Self and Others, Staff Engagement, Stand Up Meetings, Risk Meetings, Human Resources and Positive Discipline, Nursing Duty and Delegation, Employee Retention & Engagement for the Nurse Leader

October 10, 2024


Opening Doors Initiatives from LeadingAge, Quality Measures & Citations, Creating Action Plans and QAPI process, Common F-Tags, Navigating Conflict

November 14, 2024


Medication Management & Five Star Reporting Metrics, Developing High Performance, Collaborative Teams

December 12 & 13, 2024

Lincoln, NE

Coaching for Excellence, Regulations & Survey Preparation, Top 10 Citations, Abuse & Neglect Reporting Requirements & Updates from DHHS

January 9, 2025


Navigating Change, Creating a Safe Workplace & Workers Compensation Management, Human Resources 101

February 12 & 13, 2025

Tri-cities area

Life Safety Code & Food Safety Code, Dietary needs of residents, Infection Control, MDS and Antibiotic Stewardship, Leading Effective Team Meetings & Leadership Wrap-Up. Participant Capstone Presentations

March 31, April 1 & 2, 2025

Annual Conference, Kearney, NE

LeadingAge Nebraska Conference is included with the program. NLA participants will be recognized at the award ceremony on April 1, 2025.

*Subjects in the agenda may be subject to change based on the direction of participants and leaders

Capstone Project: Each participant will be asked to complete a capstone project. This project will feature one piece of information or lesson learned from the course that they have chosen to put into practice at their community. This could be through a story board, a presentation or other option to present the information to the group. Presentations may also be featured at the LeadingAge Nebraska conference through participation in a breakout session or displayed story board.

Acknowledgement of Participants: Participants will be acknowledged at the LeadingAge Nebraska Annual Conference during the award ceremony on April 1, 2025. Each participant completing all the requirements will be provided with a certificate of completion of the academy.

Candidates: Candidates for the Nurse Leadership Academy must be employed by current members of LeadingAge Nebraska. For membership options contact Kierstin Reed, CEO at [email protected]. They must hold a valid Registered Nurse license from the state of Nebraska. They must also have a minimum of six months experience as an RN in any setting. There will be a minimum of 12 participants and a maximum of 24 participants.

Application: Candidates must complete the application to provide information regarding the interest in participation in the Nurse Leadership Academy. The application outlines the dates of both in person and virtual events. The candidate, and their facility must sign that they agree to participation and payment for the entire Academy process. Applications will be accepted from June 1 through August 2, 2024.

Tuition: Tuition is $2,500 per participant. Tuition includes half-price registration to all LeadingAge Nebraska sponsored events over the course of the Academy plus a FREE 2025 Annual Conference & Expo registration (a $350 value). Refreshment breaks and lunches for each of the in-person sessions are included in the tuition fee as well as dinner with faculty, mentors and participants on the first night of each two-day session. A $100 refundable deposit will be required at application and must be paid in full by August 23, 2024.  The deposit will be refunded to applicant if not selected; the deposit will apply to Academy fees if accepted into the Academy. Limited financial assistance/scholarships are available - please contact Kierstin Reed for more information. No cancellations, refunds, or partial refunds will be processed after the application deadline. Substitutions are left to the discretion of the selection committee. Sponsoring facilities agree to provide tuition in full and cover any other travel, meals, and lodging costs associated with the program for all in person sessions. It is necessary to make a firm commitment to allow the participant to attend all in person and online events and to allow them to participate in activities throughout the academy process.