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Nurse Manager Certificate Program

January 16 – June 29, 2024


Today’s healthcare environment is very dynamic, often creating challenges for leaders to find time to attend to their own professional development. This program is the first of its kind blending concepts of adaptive learning, the flipped classroom, micro-credentialing and design thinking. This innovative program design offers extensive resources that help participants meet individual learning needs on their own schedule while providing a personalized learning experience that allows leaders to showcase their expertise outside of the traditional classroom.

Participants use “class time” to do the advanced work of assimilating new knowledge through problem-solving, discussion, or debates in a web-based format. This program consists of 6 individual modules each offered over a 4-week period in an asynchronous format, moderated and facilitated by expert faculty. Participants will engage in adaptive learning experiences that adjust the content based on the learner’s activity and performance. Everyone will engage in thought provoking readings, questions to stimulate thinking and dynamic group discussions.

Also unique to this program is the integration of the CliftonStrengths Assessment. All participants complete an individual assessment to identify their top 5 Signature Themes from Gallup’s developed list of 34 most common talents. Individuals will be able to identify their talents, develop those talents into strengths during discussion throughout the program, and apply those strengths to practice.

Participants will gain access to a new module each month. The entire program takes 6 months to complete.


Participant Requirements & Contact Hours

Participants can expect to spend 2 hours per week.  Performance will be measured using a non-graded rubric.  

This program awards 48 contact hours upon completion of all 6 modules.





Registration Reduction Opportunities

A 15% registration reduction is available to Professional Partners and teams of 10 or more. Please contact for more information.



January 16 - February 10, 2024

The connection between organizational theory, organizational structure, and the manager's role will be explored.  Basic concepts of leadership including myths, traits, types and skills will be discussed as a tool for survival in today's health care environment. Effective ways to enable and facilitate staff will be highlighted. Learn how to enhance the functioning of your unit while improving satisfaction and productivity.

February 11 - March 9, 2024

Here is an opportunity to relate decision-making and creative/critical thinking skills to the role of the nurse manager. Find out how to do a gap analysis; review decision-making models; and acquire new problem-solving strategies that are useful in work related situations.  Utilize a “six-thinking hats” strategy to expand your critical analysis abilities.

March 10 - April 6, 2024

This course is all about making teams work more effectively. It begins with keys to successful recruitment and moves on to a look at the manager's responsibility for the development and socialization of employees. Theories of motivation and their appropriate uses in the work setting will be reviewed. Separate the manager's role as a coach from that of counselor. Find out how to empower others.

April 7 - May 4, 2024

Improve your performance appraisal skills so that your assessments are fair and equitable. Look at key concepts in the appraisal process. Find out what biases and prejudices you bring to that process. Discuss key factors that influence motivation and productivity. Explore the role of the nurse manager in relation to the staffing and scheduling process, including scheduling methods, standards, plans and classification systems.

May 5 - June 1, 2024

Discover several ways to enhance your role and fine-tune your skills in the management of staff. Review time management strategies and develop a personal action plan.  Discover your own negotiating strengths and identify areas for improvement. Learn six crucial steps in the negotiating process. View conflict as a disruptive and/or a constructive force in today's health care environment.

June 2 - June 29, 2024  

Here is a unique opportunity to expand your budgeting skills. Review basic concepts of financial management and apply selected economic principles to health care finance. Look at a health care budget and review the budget building process. Learn new ways to analyze financial statements.