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Leadership in Long Term Care

The Registered Nurses Professional Development Centre is pleased to offer two courses: Leadership for Nurses in Long Term Care and a supporting course for managers entitled Manager’s Leadership Guide

These courses are created in partnership between the Health Care Human Resource Sector Council, Nova Scotia Health, Nova Scotia Health and Wellness, led by the Registered Nurses Professional Development Centre (RNPDC).

Course is delivered through BrightSpace LMS over a 4-week time frame. Participants complete self-directed modules asynchronously (on their own time) with a required facilitated virtual classroom session at the end of the 4-week period. 

Course Dates:

  • September 13, 2021 - October 22, 2021 Registration deadline September 1, 2021
  • January 10, 2022 - February 18, 2022 Registration deadline December 17, 2021

To register, please click ‘Register Now’ and complete form with both Nurse and Manager registration information.

Leadership for Nurses in Long Term Care

Welcome to Leadership for Nurses in Long Term Care (LTC). The course has been created using the Best Practice Guidelines (BPG) from the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) entitled "Developing and Sustaining Nursing Leadership" (RNAO, 2013). The objectives of this course are met by building knowledge and application of skills in a virtual setting. The material is offered in four modules: Nursing Leadership, Leadership Practices, Effective Communication and Conflict Resolution, and Transitioning Leadership to Practice.

Module 1: Nursing Leadership

Participants are introduced to the concept of clinical leadership and the significance of how leadership and nursing leadership theories have evolved over time. This module is also designed to have participants reflect on personal leadership behaviors and begin to identify personal leadership strengths.

Module 2: Leadership Practices

Participants focus on various leadership styles and behaviors related to five transformational leadership practices that can be integrated into the work setting by nurses in Long Term Care.

Concepts of person-centered care and interprofessional collaborative practice are introduced and participants begin to develop their own leadership goals to initiate a Leadership Action Plan (LAP).

Module 3: Effective Communication and Conflict Resolution

Participants focus on key leadership behaviors of effective communication and conflict resolution. Participants weave through various LTC specific scenarios that allow them to incorporate these skills into LTC practice.

Module 4: Transitioning Leadership to Practice

Participants focus on transitioning leadership practices to the workplace, enhancing your collaborative relationship with management, and development of a personal Leadership Action Plan to use in your LTC practice.

By the end of this course, participants will have completed a Leadership Action Plan that encompasses Leadership goals for implementation in to their LTC practice setting. Once completed, participants will receive a certificate of completion. 

Manager's Leadership Guide

The Manager’s Leadership Guide has been created as an adjunct for managers to best support their nurses taking Leadership for Nurses in LTC course. This guide contains key messages that are required to best support nursing leadership development. In addition, managers will have access to the complete Leadership for Nurses in LTC course.

The Manager’s Leadership Guide provides managers with a foundation for engaging LTC nurses in discussions that relate leadership course content to their point of care practice. This enables managers, who lead teams, to enrich their own leadership knowledge and skills in the LTC practice setting, while building leadership capacity with nurses. It will also help support managers as they provide feedback to nurses who are developing and refining their Leadership Action Plan (LAP).

Module 1: Leadership for Managers

Participants have an opportunity to review Five Practices of Transformational Leaders, review leadership behaviors and qualities, have an introduction to the Nurses Leadership Action Plan as well as better understand the role of the manager in supporting nursing leadership development.

Module 2: Effective Communication, Coaching and Feedback

Participants will examine leadership strategies for working with teams, explore managing versus leading and review effective communication in terms of coaching and mentoring. This module seeks to enhance nurse-manager engagement and strengthen partnerships that promote transformational leadership within LTC. 

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