Nurse Leader Master Class

The Nurse Leader Master Class (NLMC) is one of ONL's signature leadership development programs designed especially for nurse leaders already established in a leadership role, providing three days of highly interactive, cohort-based professional development to help leaders reenergize, refocus, and renew their leadership practice.

Offered virtually via Zoom, the NLMC provides the right balance of content and facilitated discussions for participants to advance their professional leadership practice and to build connections with peers across organizational boundaries.

What Participants Can Expect

  • Experience a 3-day, highly interactive cohort-based leadership development program, delivered via Zoom
  • Learn from our faculty of distinguished nursing leadership experts
  • Build relationships with fellow nurse leaders and expand your network
  • Gain knowledge and insights that deepen your leadership capacity

Who Should Participate

  • Nurse leaders already in formal leadership roles (for a year or more), including Nurse Managers, Nurse Directors, Educators, Clinical Nurse Leaders; past Leadership Academy graduates are welcome as well!

Program Details

  • Attendees participate in all three full-day sessions.
  • 5 Contact Hours are awarded each day, or 15 for the full program. Participants must participate in the full program each day to be eligible for Contact Hours.
  • Registration fee: $1,249

Program Faculty and Session Descriptions

Barbara Mackoff 

Dr. Barbara Mackoff

Leading Yourself

Day 1 of this program focuses on each individual as a leader. Key components of leadership are discussed including motivation, personal mission, self care and trust. This interactive and reflective session equips leaders with new insights including how to align personal values with organizational mission, addressing trust among colleagues and teams, and the grit and fortitude that each nurse leader tapped into during the pandemic.

 Gaurdia Banister

Leah Gordon

Dr. Gaurdia Banister and Dr. Leah Gordon

Advancing Diversity and Inclusivity

Creating inclusive work environments, caring for racist patients, and addressing bias are central to nursing leadership roles. Day 2 of this program focuses on exploring the impact of racism in health care and in nursing, and then shifts to equip leaders with the knowledge and skills needed reduce bias and advance inclusivity.

 Debra Gerardi

Debra Gerardi RN, MPH, JD, PCC

Coaching through Change

Day 3 of this program focuses on deepening your connection to yourself, your values and your perspective to move through disorienting dilemmas and expand your ability to step into uncertain and chaotic situations. Participants will learn how to handle conflict and crucial conversations using a coaching approach to lean into conflict and "disorienting dilemmas."


Participant Testimonials

  • "This program helped me develop some different leadership skills, I especially appreciated the guidance on listening for meaning and coaching through conflict. Focusing on coaching more instead of trying to fix things for others all of the time."
  • "This was a great program! I was quite impressed at how well this program ran, given the Zoom forum. The break-out sessions were clever, and well organized, and the content from faculty was great!"
  • "The program content was really helpful. The past two years have been exhausting and nurse managers' emotional support and tools to make us more resilient so that we can be there to help our team. I also loved the concept of sharing "patterns" of behaviors with staff and giving them opportunity to self-reflect and decide if these behaviors are how they want to portray themselves/the unit."
  • "There were so many great takeaways from this program. I am excited to listen more and partner with staff to find solutions."


Register for an Upcoming Program


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