Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy


Surprisingly, the global nursing shortage is less about a lack of motivated students than qualified teachers. The Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy (NFLA) aims to ease the transition for the next generation of nurse faculty from practice to teaching. The program, which has been supported by Elsevier since 2009, was designed for aspiring leaders in nursing education and provides an intensive 20-month leadership development curriculum constructed on intellectual and experiential learning opportunities facilitated by distinguished faculty.

Emerging leaders at schools of nursing who have served 2 to 7 years as full time faculty are eligible to apply to become a Scholar. Each Scholar works with a recognized Leadership Mentor and Faculty Advisor throughout the academy and completes three distinct curriculum domains: Individual Leadership Development; Advancing Nursing Education Through the Leadership of a Team Project; and Expanding the Scope of Influence Within the Scholar’s Organization, Community, and Profession. Since launch, the Elsevier Foundation has supported a pilot and 3 NFLA cohorts with 18 scholars who have successfully completed the Academy. All Scholars reported taking on at least 1 new leadership position within their organization, community, or the nursing profession during their participation in the NFLA.

Additional programs

In 2010, a Nursing Faculty grant for $100,000 was awarded to the International Council on Nurses (ICN) and the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) to hold “The International Summit on Nurse Faculty Migration,” a three day June 2010 policy summit on the economic and health ramifications nurse faculty migration has had on both developing and developed countries. The summit hosted thirty internationally recognized global nurse leaders who are committed to using the outcomes from the summit to advance the issue at the global level, consult with local organizations on implementation, and coordinate and disseminate the results of local initiatives. Read More

Sigma Theta Tau International Foundation for Nursing received a $200,000 grant from The Elsevier Foundation in 2009 to support a new Nurse Faculty Mentored Leadership Development (NFMLD) pilot focused on retaining and building the next generation of nurse faculty. The pilot is being administered by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International’s (STTI) International Leadership Institute and aims to alleviate the nurse faculty crisis by providing knowledge, skill development opportunities and support to retain new nurse educators who have transitioned into the role. Early career nurse educators with an advanced degree will be professionally mentored for 18 months by established nurse faculty leaders. Read More

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