Empowered Leader Series (Virtual)


Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 6:30pm ET - Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at 8:30pm ET
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Becoming a Leader, Leading People, Leading Collaboratively, Leading Change

Credits Offered

This event offers 12.0 contact hours to attendees.
Accreditation Info: This activity will be submitted to the Ohio Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The Ohio Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91).

Additional Information


Virtual Program | 6 weeks in length

This program will be offered over a six-week timeframe from September 13 until October 25, 2022. The series will delve into the many critical areas of leadership in healthcare and nursing today.

This learning experience has been created with a “lead from where you stand” approach for all nurses to help them build leadership acumen and skills from wherever they may find themselves -- at the bedside, in an ER, in critical care, in nursing administration or in academia.

This course will allow access for any nurse in the state of Michigan to participate. The program will run from 6:30 – 8:30 pm EST over the course of six Tuesday evenings and will focus on the following core leadership pillars: 

  • Pillar 1: Becoming a Leader
  • Pillar 2: Leading People
  • Pillar 3: Leading Collaboratively
  • Pillar 4: Leading Change 

Aimed at the early to mid-careerist, this program will help participants uncover and develop leadership traits that will allow them to excel in the workplace and build stronger relationships with co-workers, supervisors, patients, families and others.

In addition to this facilitated program, participants will also receive the book “Emotional Intelligence 2.0,” by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves. They will receive an online assessment on their emotional intelligence (EQ), and they will have the ability to interact with nurses from a variety of healthcare settings. There will be expert facilitation and participants will be part of a “Forum Group” to allow them to work closely with other program participants in a confidential setting. 

Space is limited for this interactive and engaging event.

Curriculum Focus

Week 1 - September 13: Becoming a Leader 
This week will bring valuable insights into how you can move from a “managing” to a “leading” mindset. You will discover insights into emotional intelligence, your own EQ abilities and how to grow through areas of challenge. Additionally, you will hear from one of the nursing profession’s leaders on the future vision of the nursing profession. Finally, you will be introduced to your FORUM group that you will work with for the duration of the program.                            

Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn how to change your mindset and actions to align with key leadership principles
  • Understand the essence of Emotional Intelligence and how it can improve your leadership abilities, and career potential
  • Develop the ability to plan for your career based on how the nursing profession is evolving in 2022 and beyond                          

Week 2 - September 20: Leading People                     
Uncover the key to effectively leading others: your own team, your peers, a patient care team or others. We will discuss how to best build a team, bring new members onto the team and to create a healthy culture to bring out the best in those around you. 

 Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn how to assess strengths and weaknesses on your team, and hire in a way that fills skills gaps
  • Understand how to effectively onboard team members and allow them to understand and contribute to the team and its culture effectively
  • Learn how to assure diversity, equity, and inclusion on your team, and how to create awareness of implicit bias to assure a more just workplace for all.                                                        

BREAK - September 27 - No Session

Week 3 - October 4: Navigating Your Career
Many of us think a lot about our career at the start of our journey, but once it is underway we spend little time strategizing about our career and how to make an impact. Further, it is never too late to change your career’s focus.

Join this week’s session to hear from nursing luminaries on how to consider career options at every point in your journey, and how to pivot and shift along the way.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Build a career plan that will help you consider a variety of actions to take in achieving your ultimate goals
  • Investigate different nursing career options and how they may provide future opportunities in your work

Week 4 - October 11: Leading through Challenging Times and Having Difficult Conversations                              Conflict is a natural part of work and life. Yet, the inability of professionals to deal with conflict effectively can fracture relationships and make moving forward difficult. This course segment will forever change the way you view conflict, and how you react to create positive outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze and interpret conflict situations, which are a natural part of the human condition, and develop that the ability to create positive changes for you and others
  • Conduct self-analysis as to what your conflict style is, and how it might work for or against you in your professional life
  • Understand the conflict styles of others, to allow you to best understand yourself and your audience, and resolve conflict in a healthy way
  • Formulate ways to have difficult conversations that create a better, more positive outcome.

Week 5 - October 18: Being a Collaborative Leader
We do not operate individually, or in a vacuum. Whether we are aware of it or not, we consistently rely on others to help get our work done, to develop new ideas, and for that all-important handoff at the end of a shift. This segment will focus on ways we collaborate with others in our departments, organizations, and in the community to create better processes, care, ideas and more.

 Learning objectives: 

  • Understand the importance of collaboration to meet the demands of your work, and in assuring the best possible patient care
  • Develop a trusting mindset that will enable delegation and meeting team goals more effectively
  • Learn to model compassion and empathy in collaborating with others        

Week 6 - October 25: Leading through Change  
The only thing constant is change. This is the age-old adage that we hear, but it has never been more true.  Whether it is healthcare policy, the way we administer patient care or how we prepare for and adapt to change, we face new dynamics every day. At times, change can be deliberate and incremental, but COVID-19 has shown us that change can also be sudden and sweeping. Our ability to see change on the horizon and adapt accordingly is key.

Learning objectives:                              

  • Understand when and why change is needed in your organization
  • Learn the key elements of change, and how to embrace the right mindset to be a change agent
  • Analyze the elements of change that cause challenges for others, and how to help colleagues through a change process


Empowered Leader Series | Member

This is for ANA-Michigan members and covers the full 6-week course, Emotional Intelligence book with code and certificate. These sessions will be recorded for on-demand viewing. 


Empowered Leader Series | Non-member

This is for non-members and covers the full 6-week course, Emotional Intelligence book with code and certificate. These sessions will be recorded for on-demand viewing.