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2024 SDAHO Nurse Leadership Program Registration Now Open: Hear from Others Who Participated in the Program

The South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations (SDAHO)’s 2024 Nurse Leadership Program is now taking registrations. The program is celebrating its 4th year, with several great opportunities for participants. This is a customized education program designed to equip hospital, post-acute care nurse leaders and emerging nurse leaders with leadership and operational skills they need to be successful, and supportive leaders in their organizations.

The program includes 10 sessions with both in-person and virtual components. Participants will develop a network of nurse colleagues through the state while enhancing critical communications skills. Learning how to foster relationships at work, while engaging in reflective and communication practices will enhance participants own professional and personal growth. Also learn more about the role of political advocacy in nursing, best practices in hiring and managing staffing needs while considering legal implications, financial making decisions, plus much more.

Those who have taken part in SDAHO’s previous nurse leadership programs have said this:

This opportunity has been invaluable to me, and I am truly thankful for the knowledge, experience, and connections I’ve gained throughout this program. I look forward to continuing to grow as a leader in healthcare and I am eager to contribute my skills to the betterment of our community. Tracey Mehlhaff, Adolescent Nurse Manager, South Dakota Human Services Center

The SDAHO Nurse Leadership program is an incredible educational offering for anyone! Whether you are an individual considering leadership, a current leader, or someone who was in a leadership position in the past and now exploring a leadership role in the future- this program is for you! I attended the SDAHO nurse leadership program in 2023 and the lessons, topics, and relationships I was able to form throughout the year have truly impacted my life both professionally and personally. Thank you SDAHO!” Jessi Matthies, BSN RNC-MNN, CLC

Participants have included both system wide and independent facilities, representing both acute and post-acute care. In addition, those taking part have also included healthcare related industries outside of a clinical setting. Emily Larimer is the Donation Liaison with LifeSource, which is our regions organ, eye and tissue donation organization representing Minnesota, Northa Dakota, South Dakota and portions of Wisconsin. Emily’s co-worker encouraged her to take part in SDAHO’s 2023 Nurse Leadership Program, which they did together.

“As a LifeSource agency we seek opportunities to connect and to grow and we are both nurses, so she gave me this incredible opportunity.” Emily says the program is about enjoying being a nurse and working with other nurses from across the state, but also sharing your stories.  “Learning your story, speaking your story and do it without having emotions and having aligned vision is going to grow our state and help us to be authentic in how we care for others.” Emily Larimer, MSN, BA, RN Donation Liaison, LifeSource

Kelly Soulek is the Director of Quality with Wagner Community Memorial Hospital. She shared that the program provided many unique opportunities and experiences that helped her grow as a professional leader.

Between the Crucial Conversation curriculum, professional networking opportunities and development webinars, and the final performance improvement project, this program successfully addresses a variety of aspects impacting nurse leaders today. I am excited to continue implementing my newfound knowledge into my nursing practice and leadership role and see the benefits it offers throughout my facility!” Kelly Soulek, BSN, RN, Director of Quality, Wagner Community Memorial Hospital

“The nursing leadership program provided valuable information that I can apply in my everyday work. The sessions on crucial conversations gave me the confidence to have a difficult conversation with peers and employees. I enjoyed networking with the other participants during the in-person sessions.  I would recommend this course to nursing leaders!” Melissa Jurgens, RN, Patient Care Services Director, Prairie Lakes Healthcare System

“The SDAHO Nurse Leadership Program was a great way for me to grow my leadership skills. It taught me how to have crucial conversations, be an effective leader, be clear and articulate, and how all aspects of your role play an important part of being a proactive and genuine leader. I highly recommend this course for any new and upcoming nurse leaders.” Emily H., BSN, RN, Madison Regional Health System

Cost to participate:

SDAHO Members $375

Non-Members – $500.

To learn more about the 2024 SDAHO Nurse Leadership program, visit www.sdaho.org/nurse-leadership/ .  or contact Debra.Morello@sdaho.org

Spots are limited – register today.

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