Nurse Leadership Institute (NLI)
Dynamic and results-oriented nurse leaders are essential to providing high quality care and preserving the quality of life for our most vulnerable seniors. In addition to excellent clinical skills, the Director of Nursing Services (DNS) must possess the ability to communicate well, promote collaboration, motivate and direct staff, manage conflict, develop and implement policies, oversee the hiring of staff and manage performance, build an effective team, boost staff morale, use their resources wisely and stay informed about the rapidly changing necessities of the profession.
The Nurse Leadership Institute (NLI) was designed by MHCA for nurse leaders who are currently serving as the DNS in a long term care setting and/or those who are exploring this career path. The goal of the curriculum is to offer the opportunity to learn new skills, fine-tune existing knowledge, explore value-based leadership, and develop the skills and competencies needed to be successful in the DNS role.
This program includes approximately 40 contact hours; classes are offered one day every other week for a total of 8 sessions. Typically, the NLI sessions are held at MHCA in Augusta from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Since the program was launched in the fall of 2008, we have graduated 80 nurses from this program.