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Advancement Opportunities

Our Reilly Nursing Leadership Fellows Program is a great opportunity for experienced leaders to continue to build their skills. The two-year program provides structure, funding, resources and dedicated time to interface with exemplary leaders, explore characteristics and qualities of successful leaders, and to pursue a specific project. A generous gift from grateful patients funds the program with the goal of contributing to the individual leader, those they lead, the organization and the profession of nursing." Barbara MacArthur, FAAN Vice President of Cardiac Services

Continuing Nursing Professional Development Opportunities

The University of Kansas Health System is accredited as a provider of continuing professional development in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This accreditation demonstrates our commitment to using evidence-based criteria when developing high-quality educational activities that promote the professional growth of nurses.

With this accreditation, we continue to be part of an influential global community of accredited organizations. NCPD accreditation from ANCC elevates educational offerings that benefit our nurses and the patients and communities we serve by:

  • Promoting the highest professional standards to sustain effective strategies that improve the professional nursing practice
  • Improving curricula for nurses to provide evidence-based education that strengthens professional development programs
  • Increasing credibility to adhere to evidence-based, global standards that deliver quality professional education
  • Expanding visibility to be included among other accredited organizations that are listed in a nationwide, searchable directory
  • Increasing demand to offer continuing professional development contact hours that are essential to building professional portfolios, and maintaining certification and accreditation from ANCC and other licensing boards and regulatory bodies

The University of Kansas Health System offers hundreds of free continuing education courses (live and virtual), symposiums and e-learning activities that offer credit our nurses can use for relicensure and certification.

Nurse Leader Advancement Program

The Nurse Leader Advancement Program is designed to reward nurses with an annual monetary bonus in response to performance expectations and participation in activities that support the vision, mission and goals of The University of Kansas Health System.

Goals of the NLAP:

  • Promote nursing as a profession
  • Develop and recognize excellence and leadership in nursing
  • Facilitate career advancement through opportunities for professional growth
  • Recruit, reward and retain exceptional, expert nurses dedicated to the mission of The University of Kansas Health System
  • Promote quality in practice by increasing expectations for performance

This program is optional and available to all registered nurses (0.5 FTE or greater) with at least one year of service. Letters of intent to participate are accepted twice a year. Once accepted into the program, the applicant has one year to participate in designated activities and submit their application. The application is reviewed by members of the Professional Development Council to award points and determine the monetary reward.

Reilly Nursing Leadership Fellowship

This two-year advanced leadership program is designed for experienced health system nursing leaders. (We plan to open it to other organizations in the future.) The program provides structure, resources and dedicated time for fellows to further build their leadership skills. Fellows receive financial support and other resources that help them concentrate on a specific project or subject. The fellowship was created in 2018 through a generous gift by grateful patients Charla and Jerry Reilly of Leavenworth, Kansas.

Program Structure

In their first year, fellows will identify opportunities for acquiring knowledge, completing team-based work and collaborating with health system leaders. Fellows will develop a nursing leadership project they plan to study during their second year. The project must be bold and challenge the status quo.

In their second year, fellows explore their bold project, develop conclusions and disseminate their findings.

Throughout the fellowship, the program will support any needs identified by the fellows. Program faculty will mentor the fellows during quarterly meetings.

Requirements Include:

  • Attend advanced education courses, locally and nationally
  • Participate in executive coaching opportunities
  • Attend regular face-to-face program sessions with leadership experts across the country

Fellows will continue in their health system role during the fellowship. They will be awarded continuing education and/or academic credit as appropriate.

Who is Eligible?

Eligible are health system nurse leaders, such as associate chief nursing officers, senior directors or directors, and experienced clinic, department, program and unit managers.

Due to COVID-19, we are reviewing all placement requests for their impact on space, PPE use and other concerns as they arise. Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time.

You too can become a National Magnet Nurse of the Year

By joining the health system and contributing to the first-class quality of patient care, you can apply for the National Magnet Nurse of the Year award. Since 2012, three nurses at the health system have earned this prestigious national distinction, which is among the profession’s highest honors. Only five nurses nationally can attain the recognition each year.

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