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At the conclusion of the Student Leadership Academy, students are expected to:

  • gain an understanding of transformational leadership theory and its significance in developing their abilities as health care leaders
  • learn to use the clinical nursing handbook in modifying behavior to reflect best practices in patient care and to further develop their professional identities as student nurses
  • develop critical thinking skills by comparing useful vs. less useful information to solve problems
  • build a sense of community through their minds, their hearts, their voices, and their ears to constructively engage and collaborate with one another
  • examine their source of motivation (intrinsic or extrinsic) and how their decisions can impact their success
  • learn to communicate effectively (verbal and nonverbal) to develop relationships, manage conflicts, and work across differences
  • learn to exhibit ethical behavior, including a commitment to social justice, engaging in social responsibility, and serving as a positive change agent
  • learn healthy coping mechanisms by creating effective, long-term strategies to deal with stressors associated with life responsibilities
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After the academy

At the sophomore year Inspection Day in August 2021, students who fulfill the requirements of the academy in developing leadership skills, positive character, teamwork, compassion, and strong decision-making skills will receive a certificate of completion.