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Carolinas HealthCare System Launches Frontline Leadership Academy
Frontline Leadership Academy
(Left) Kathy Mason, RN, nurse manager for the emergency department at Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln, was at the event to support participant Ashley Lucas, RN, clinical supervisor at the Lincoln campus.

Carolinas HealthCare System recently launched its first frontline leadership academy, a unique, year-long program of workshops and projects aimed at helping employees develop leadership skills.

The class of participants – which comprises 45 “frontline” nurses – met in June for its first workshop of the year. These teammates were nominated by leaders in their departments for demonstrating leadership potential, including problem solving and coaching skills, and a teamwork attitude. They were invited by the chief nurse executives of their facilities to submit applications for the program.

“We want our staff to know that we value them and that we want to invest in their future,” said Mary Ann Wilcox, MS, RNC, NEA-BC, senior vice president and system nurse executive for Carolinas HealthCare System. “Through opportunities like the academy, which allows them to develop leadership skills with guidance from managers and coaches, aspiring nurse leaders can have a greater impact in the work they do and decisions they make that affect patients and families.”

Planning for the academy began in February 2013 in collaboration with The Advisory Board Company, which is helping design program components, including team workshops, individual project development and a graduation ceremony in August 2014. By the graduation, each participant will have developed and executed two projects to enhance clinical and service excellence practices across the System, and at points in the care continuum.

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