Expectations and Resources

Program Expectations

If accepted as an NLI Fellow, you are expected to:

  • familiarize yourself with the Leadership Development Program webpages
  • attend all Leadership Development Program activities
  • read the monthly email updates and accompanying literature.
  • complete a collaborative project [link to: collaborative project details (below)]
  • write a summative report [link to: summative report details (below)]
  • complete all evaluations.

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Collaborative Project Details

NLI Fellows are seen as the future leaders who will collaborate on and coordinate efforts to improve health care delivery in Maryland. Therefore, NLI Fellows will identify a project that creates opportunity to translate their developing leadership skills into action and that aligns with a need within their organization.

These collaborative projects provide a rich learning experience for NLI Fellows and serve as a foundation of work toward sustained efforts that ultimately will transform health care. Collaborative partnerships will be created within the cohort of NLI Fellows. Individuals identify a fellow from alternate areas of focus (e.g. a fellow from practice or a fellow from academia) with whom to partner and work on the project. This partnership may also draw on others outside the cohort—and outside the nursing field—to join in the initiative.

Projects may address issues within Maryland nursing education, practice, research, and/or policy. Collaborative projects may also extend to challenges within health care delivery and population health improvement.

NLI Fellows will also present a poster of their collaborative project at the end-of-year celebration held in August.

See previous NLI Fellow projects here.

Summative Report

At the completion of the yearlong program, fellows submit a summative report on their experience, including reflective comments from their mentor.

The 2-3 page report should include:

1. The initial goals you identified in your NLI application.

2. Reflections on:

  • How NLI activities facilitated:
    1. achievement or adjustments of these goals
    2. development of your leadership style and skills.
  • What it meant to have a mentor during this program.

3.  Finally, tell us what you’d like to do next.

Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) Contact Hours

Nurses can receive between 35-40 contact hours upon successful completion of this educational activity. Successful completion of this activity for Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) is demonstrated by attending the entire program, completing the online CE evaluation surveys, and filling out the verification of attendance form provided on site. Partial credit will not be provided. Participants will receive a CNE certificate via email from the University of Maryland School of Nursing approximately two to four weeks after submitting the required documentation. All requests must be received within 90 days of program completion.

The University of Maryland School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Video Library

2016 Fireside Chat on Leadership, Aug. 2, 2016
A discussion with Jane Kirschling, dean, University of Maryland School of Nursing; John Sackett, president, Shady Grove Hospital, and executive vice president and COO, Adventist HealthCare; and Karen McQuillan, clinical nurse specialist, University of Maryland Medical Center.

Recognition Ceremony for NLI Fellows, Aug. 2, 2016
An awards ceremony upon completion of the 2015-16 Nurse Leadership Institute Leadership Development Program.