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NANN's 2019-2020 Emerging Leader Fellowship (ELF)

The National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) is pleased to partner with Synova Associates to provide the Emerging Leader Fellowship (ELF) program.

 

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NANN and Synova Associates have partnered to develop the Emerging Leader Fellowship program. Whether your goals are to be a NICU leader, a leader within NANN, or want to add transferable leadership skills, this program is for you. The focus of your personal leadership goals —whether they are association based or hospital based—will determine your program experience. NANN and Synova will provide you with goal-specific information and content and your project/case study will be aligned with your goals.

The ELF program’s objective is to grow and develop emerging neonatal nurses and APRNs who have been identified as having leadership potential. By equipping future leaders with translatable and transferable leadership skills, participants will be better prepared to succeed and flourish within their professional, personal, and volunteer environments.

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The application deadline is Thursday, August 15 and accepted fellows will be notified on Friday, August 30, 2019. 

What is the Emerging Leader Fellowship (ELF) program?

The Emerging Leader Fellowship program is an nine-month program for NANN members who wish to grow as leaders through NANN, their workplace, or a local organization. The program encourages you to develop your leadership skills and give back to the profession through volunteering. At the conclusion of the fellowship, each participant will complete a capstone or case study project that showcases leadership growth, either in the hospital or with NANN, and present a poster at the 2020 NANN Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA. Applicants must be NANN members in good standing, or must agree to join NANN if selected. NANN and Synova will select ten applicants for the program. 

Who can apply for the Emerging Leader Fellowship (ELF) program? Applicants must be:

  • NANN members in good standing, or must agree to join NANN if selected.
  • Currently practicing in neonatal nursing in a role such as clinical care, education, research, administration, or consulting.
  • Able to confirm 3 years of nursing experience and no more than 1 year in a NICU Manager position. There is no limit to how many years in Assistant Manager, Resource Nurse, staff nurse etc. role.
  • ADN credentialed and preferably BSN credentialed.
  • Able to attend all required meetings, including monthly virtual meetings, the 2019 NANN Preconference and Annual Meeting, October 9-12, 2019, the Synova NICU Leadership Forum Preconference and General Meeting, April 19-23, 2020, and the 2020 NANN Annual Conference to present the capstone project. 
  • Willing to engage with NANN through committee, task force, chapter, or micro-volunteer roles shortly after the program graduation.

Is there a fee associated with the Emerging Leader Fellowship (ELF) program?

The tuition for the program is $1500 (scholarships are available). The tuition includes all course materials as well as registration fees for the 2019 NANN conference in Savannah, GA and the 2020 NICU Leadership Forum in Naples, FL. Also included in the tuition are pre-conference sessions at both conferences: a day exclusively for Emerging Leader Fellows at NANN and the New Leader Bootcamp at NICU Leadership Forum.

While conference travel and hotel are not covered in the program tuition, partial and full need-based scholarships are available for travel/hotel as well. The highest rated applicants will be accepted regardless of financial need.

Is there CNE available with the Emerging Leader Fellowship (ELF) Program?

Yes, over 50 hours of CNE.

How do I apply for the Emerging Leader Fellowship (ELF) program?

Application requirements include:

  • Complete an online application (either on Synova or NANN website – do not apply through both websites), including submission of current CV
  • Fellows must commit to attend all scheduled virtual meetings, the NANN pre-conference and national meeting and the NICU Leadership Forum pre-conference and meeting.
  • Identify internal mentor from within their hospital. The internal mentor must be in a current management role that is senior to the fellow and work in the NICU or NICU chain of command in the hospital. He/she will be required to complete the Mentor Agreement Form that will include a short personal recommendation.
  • Submit a Leader Agreement Form from their immediate supervisor agreeing to time off for all scheduled meetings
  • Fellows must be NANN members or they must agree to join NANN if selected
  • Fellows agree to engage with NANN through committee, task force, chapter, or micro-volunteer roles shortly after the program graduation

Questions?

Please contact Molly Anderson, Director, Membership, Marketing & Communications, at mlanderson@nann.org or 847.375.4897 with any questions. 

Fellowship Program Schedule

 Month

 Activities 

Sept. 15, 2019
  • Review Fellowship Outline/Description
  • One hour group introductory ZOOM meeting
  • Complete StrengthsFinder 2.0
  • Synchronize calendars for future monthly meetings
  • Identify space for conference calls, computer access, etc
  • Engage with on-line learning system by prior posting of a short bio/introduction
Oct. 2019 NANN Conference and Emerging Leader Pre-Conference, Savannah, GA, October 9-12, 2019
  • Topics to discuss include:
    • Leadership styles
    • Emotional intelligence
    • Transition from peer to leader
    • Staying in role
    • Difficult conversation
    • Working with your mentors –internal (direct supervisor) & external mentor (TBD based on project) selection guidelines
  • Webinar/discussion
    • Topic: Crucial Conversations – Paula Webb
    • Application of concepts
  • Identify Internal Mentor
  • Complete mentor/mentee agreement with goals
Nov. 2019
  • Webinar/discussion
    • Topic: Work-Life Balance – Paula Webb
      • Discuss application of self-assessment tools
      • Discuss QI/Program Development topics
  • Meet with your internal mentor to discuss self-assessment results/strengths
    • Write up the meeting and get mentor to sign
  • Submit Project proposal to program director
  • Monthly article
    • Write descriptive post of article relating content to role
    • Respond to at least one peer’s initial post
  • Weekly journaling
    • Reflect on events/issues within workplace applying concepts from this month’s webinar topic 

    • Relate experiences to either professional organizations or work
      settings

Dec. 2019
  • Webinar/discussion
    • Topic: Project Discussion/Direction – Paula Webb
      • Discuss application of work-life balance for the holidays
  • Meet with your internal mentor and discuss an exemplar of a difficult conversation/giving effective feedback
    • Write up the meeting and get mentor to sign
  • Monthly article
    • Write post of article relating content to role
    • Respond to at least one peer’s initial post
  • Weekly journaling
    • Reflect on events/issues within workplace
    • Relate experiences to either professional organizations or work settings
Jan. 2020
  •  Webinar/discussion
    • Topic: Emotional Intelligence – Pam Spivey
  • Read Sinek, S. (2009). Start with why: How great leaders inspire everyone to take action. New York: The Penguin Group.
  • Develop personal nursing and leadership philosophy incorporating a recognized nursing theory.
  • Meet with your internal mentor and discuss an exemplar of a difficult conversation/giving effective feedback
    • Write up the meeting and get mentor to sign
  • Weekly journaling
    • Reflect on events/issues within workplace
  • Relate experiences to either professional organizations or work settings
Feb. 2020
    • Webinar/discussion
      • Topic: Stuck in the Middle – Elizabeth Kester
Start with why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
    book review
    • Write descriptive post of book review relating content to role
    • Respond to at least one peer’s initial post
  • Individual meetings with mentor and program leader re: case study progress
    • Review case study and submit
  • Weekly journaling
    • Reflect on events/issues within workplace
    • Relate experiences to either professional organizations or work settings
March 2020
  • Webinar/discussion
    • Topic: Etiquette for Nurse Leaders: Does it Impact your Advancement Potential? – Paula Webb
  • Monthly article
    • Write descriptive post of article relating content to role
    • Respond to at least one peer’s initial post
  • Meet one on one with mentor/program director about NLF presentation/poster
  • Weekly journaling
    • Reflect on events/issues within workplace
  • Relate experiences to either professional organizations or work settings
April 2020 NICU Leadership Forum and New Leader Bootcamp Pre-conference, Naples, FL, April 19 - 23, 2020 
  • Topics to discuss include:
    • Building teams
    • Retaining talent
    • Transformational Leadership by Lori Brittingham
    • Next steps in your leadership development
  • Webinar/discussion:
    • Topics:
      • Professional Organization Governance
      • Professional PPT Presentation Development – Paula Webb
    • Discuss timeframe/time & slide limits for project presentation
May-June 2020
  • Webinar/discussion
    • Topic: Wrap-up and Transition to Year 2
  • Individual meetings with mentors, mentees and program leaders to wrap up
  • Participant feedback and evaluation
  • Data submission for project completion
Oct. 2020
  • Poster presentations of final project at NANN Conference