Monday, October 25, 2021

Program Details

The Nurse Leadership Program is a one-year customized education program designed to equip hospital and long-term care nurse leaders with the training and core competencies they need to be successful in a nurse leadership role.

This exceptional program helps professionals make a successful transition from clinical care to the role of a professional executive nurse leader.  The training is designed to give nurse leaders education that can be applied immediately to their role. Education will be taught by USD faculty who have professional experience within healthcare management and understand the struggles faced by nurse leaders today.

Professionals who attend this program will build skills and confidence in leadership, critical thinking, conflict management, effective team building, and change management. The one-year program will combine lecture, discussion, networking, and opportunities to interact with nurse leaders and other resource experts.

Who Should Attend: 

The nurse leadership program is available to South Dakota nurse leaders within hospitals and nursing home settings. If you are a Director of Nursing, Nurse Executive, 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 team building skills
  • Understand foundational business and leadership principles with real-world scenarios
  • Meet South Dakota regulatory contacts and learn more about state specific resources
  • Discover your voice in advocacy related to your role
  • 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 your skills and confidence as leaders by applying real-world scenarios to foundational operational and leadership principles
  • 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
  • Break down role with human resource operations
  • Benefit from face-to-face conversations with regulators

Program Overview:

  • 7 USD Executive Leadership webinars
  • American Hospital Association Webinar
  • LeadingAge Webinar
  • USD Leadership & Organization Session
  • Participation in SDAHO’s Partners In Care Conference (LTC) &
    SDAHO’s Annual Convention (Hospital)
  • Advocacy and Regulatory session

Expectations for the Program:

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

Registration Information:

  • SDAHO Members = $875
  • Non-Members = $1050
  • Pricing includes all sessions in
    one-year education program,
    including registration for
    Partners In Care (LTC) or Annual
    Convention (Hospital).