Program Details

The Nurse Leadership Program is a customized education program designed to equip hospital and post-acute care nurse leaders with leadership and operational skills they need to be a successful and supportive leader in their organization. The training is designed to give nurse leaders education that can be immediately applied to their current role. The content will be taught by South Dakota nurse leaders and other South Dakota healthcare industry experts regarding current best practice, applying change management principles to real world concerns and developing critical communication skills in a fast-paced healthcare field. 

Professionals who attend this program will build skills and confidence in leadership, critical thinking, conflict management, effective team building, and change management. The program will include lecture, discussion, reflection, independent project study, networking, and opportunities to interact with nurse leaders and other resource experts.  

Who Should Attend: 

The nurse leadership program is available to current and emerging nurse leaders within hospitals and post-acute care (nursing home, assisted living, home health and hospice) settings. If you are a Nurse Executive, Director of Nursing, Associate DON, Nurse Manager or an emerging nurse leader, this program is for you! 

Why you Should Attend:

  • Develop a network of nurse colleagues throughout the state 
  • Enhance critical communication skills  
  • Program includes 12 nursing contact hours 
  • Immediate application of foundational business and leadership principles  
  • Learn techniques to address emotional intelligence 
  • Understand human resources basics – hiring, terminating, staffing challenges 
  • Identify and understand key financial resources used to make business decisions 


  • Improve skills by application of real-world scenarios to foundational operational and leadership principles 
  • Examine and apply critical communication skills 
  • Identify the state regulatory bodies that govern your respective facility 
  • Discuss the responsibilities of regulatory compliance, survey preparedness and clinical quality 
  • Identify responsibilities of the nurse leader when making decisions, developing teams, inspiring leaders, understanding financials, and championing change 
  • Develop strategic plans to help achieve goals and drive results 
  • Examine partnership with Human Resources and the legalities of employment 


Program Overview:

  • Crucial Conversations© curriculum  
  • Board of Nursing role 
  • Current evidenced based practice and research 
  • Review of current legislative session 
  • Healthcare Ethics 
  • Maintaining Leadership Development 
  • Human Resources – Legal Aspects of Management 
  • Healthcare Finance 
  • Managing Change  
  • Emotional Wellness 

Expectations for the Program:

  • Make every attempt to attend all in-person events and webinars  
  • Webcam and active participation will be required during the webinar portion 
  • If you are unable to attend a webinar or an in-person event, notify SDAHO immediately 
  • Program is designed for 10 sessions, no substitutions 
  • Complete course evaluations at the end of each event 

Successful Completion of the Program: 

  • Attend at least 8 of the sessions, 2 of which must be in-person events 
  • Must attend all 4 sessions of Crucial Conversation© training to obtain 12 nursing contact hours 
  • Submission of final independent project study 

Registration Information:

  • SDAHO Members = $550
  • Non-Members = $950
  • Pricing includes all sessions in education program, such as:
    • Crucial Conversation© training books   
    • Partners in Care Convention (Post-Acute Care focus) registration 
    • Annual Convention (Hospital and Post-Acute Care focus) registration 

Have questions? 

Contact Debra Morello at or call 605-789-7536

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