Providing Nurse Leaders with the Knowledge, Tools and Guidance Critical for Success in Executive Leadership!


ACNL’s Executive Leadership Academy is a 12-month, customized program, developed by and for nurse leaders - with the focus of modules and presentations tailored to meet the unique needs of participants. 

Applications for the 2020 Executive Leadership Academy will be available Summer 2019


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ACNL’s Executive Leadership Academy effectively blends didactic and mentorship learning throughout the 12-month program. Participants will come together for learning intensives four times during the program. One of these in-person intensives will coincide with ACNL’s Annual Conference in February. In addition, there will be required readings, recorded lectures, synchronous and asynchronous webinars, and group dialogue via discussion boards. This exclusive program is limited to 20 participants. Preference given to ACNL members.

This Innovative Program Features:

  • 360-degree assessment and individualized learning plan by a certified coach
  • Collaboration with an Executive Nurse Leader Mentor via the LifeMoxie platform. 
  • A capstone quality improvement project to benefit your sponsoring institution with an internal champion to guide you.
  • Cohort experience and networking with California health care leaders.
  • Program materials 
  • Certificate of completion
To Apply

The 2019 session of the Executive Leaders Academy is underway.  ACNL will be accepting applications for the 2020 session in summer 2019. To apply, you will submit your online application, including one letter of recommendation, a curriculum vitae and a 200 - 400 word personal statement describing your future career goals. Have these materials ready, before visiting our online application site.


Executive Leadership Academy Tuition:  $15,000


Executive Leadership Academy Objectives

  • Employ strategic thinking and decision-making in your leadership practice.
  • Analyze the principles of complex leadership and their effective application within healthcare organizations. 
  • Apply contemporary strategies to effectively lead change.
  • Develop high performance communication skills, including inspiring a shared vision, promoting shared decision-making within interprofessional teams, utilizing advanced negotiation tactics to optimize results, and effectively resolving conflict.
  • Use evidence-based approaches to create a culture of innovation within your organization.
  • Identify and maximize your personal leadership style.