Academy for Diverse Aspiring Nurse Leaders

July 15 - 17, 2024

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
Nashville, TN

Are you a nurse interested in diversity in health care practice or academia who wants to gain skills and knowledge for leadership development? Develop your plan to leadership now!  

Take part in a life-changing career planning program led by experienced leaders committed to developing aspiring nurse leaders in practice and academia.

If you are committed to expanding and supporting diversity in nursing leadership, have at least three years’ experience, and are in a practice or faculty role, apply for the inaugural  Academy for Diverse Aspiring Nurse Leaders , a new career development program developed at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 

This program is designed for registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, nurse educators, case managers and nurse informaticists who want to develop a toolkit for future leadership roles.

This unique leadership academy is taught by experienced faculty and nurses from diverse backgrounds and was specifically created to serve the needs of aspiring leaders who are committed to expanding and supporting diversity in nursing leadership. 

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What Makes This Program Different?

  • It explores the challenges of being a diverse leader both personally and institutionally.
  • It will provide or enhance your knowledge of basic leadership principles, leadership presence, finance and organizational structure.
  • Speakers include local, regional and national leaders.
  • You will begin your personal career planning and mapping.
  • You’ll benefit from two assigned mentors who will check on your progress toward goal attainment at 6 months and 12 months.
  • You will connect with leaders from underrepresented groups (nurses and non-nurses) and those committed to expanding and supporting diversity in nursing leadership.

At each step of the way, you’ll benefit from the authentic stories and experiences of real-life, working leaders who share their hard-earned knowledge and skills with you.  

What You’ll Learn

Over the course of the program, you and your peer aspiring nurse leaders will be empowered through ongoing mentorship, strategic planning and a three-day, in-person academy session where you’ll learn:

  • Theories of leadership and managing people
  • Fundamental organization and finance design and structure
  • Conflict management and negotiation
  • Leadership style
  • Personality assessment
  • Mapping career paths


  • Influences of racism and discrimination on the leadership path and health care
  • How your experiences shape your leadership or instructional style
  • Strategies on how—and why it’s necessary—to build your community of supporters and mentors

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Benefits to Organizations and Schools

It’s no secret that nursing schools and health care systems want and need faculty and leaders who support diverse backgrounds and populations. To provide quality, inclusive health care, it’s important that nursing staff and leadership reflect the populations that they serve. Nursing schools need to recruit faculty and students to shape the education of that future nursing workforce. Health care systems must recruit and retain diverse nurse leaders to positively affect the health outcomes of the diverse patients they serve. The Academy for Diverse Aspiring Nurse Leaders offers a path to equipping outstanding potential leaders and giving them the tools to advance and lead.


Applicant Criteria

  • A minimum of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is preferred.
  • Service as an officer or chair of an organization committee is preferred.
  • Are committed to expanding and supporting diversity in nursing leadership
  • A minimum of three years or more of nursing experience.
  • Leadership support from your dean, chief nursing officer or direct supervisor.


This activity is eligible for Nursing Continuing Professional Development contact hours; however, the number of hours is yet to be determined. 

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nursing Education and Professional Development, is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.