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The Nurse Leader Academy All Pillars Bundle

The Nurse Leader Academy All Pillars Bundle
  1. Leadership Pillar - All Pillar Modules
  2. Quality Improvement & Patient Safety - All Pillar Modules
  3. Cost & Business of Healthcare - All Pillar Modules
  4. Professional Practice & Advocacy - All Pillar Modules
  5. Care Experience - Patient & Family Satisfaction Pillar - All Pilar Modules
  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This module is the true foundation to your ongoing development and long-term success. This module busts the myth that people are just “born leaders”. The evidence is clear – there is an inseparable link between nurse leaders and patient, family outcomes and staff outcomes. In this module, we’ll explore behaviors and evidence based practices that influence every area of a nurse leader’s responsibilities, including staff engagement, patient safety, patient and family experience and financial management.

    This module is the true foundation to your ongoing development and long-term success.  This module busts the myth that people are just “born leaders”.    The evidence is clear – there is an inseparable link between nurse leaders and patient, family outcomes and staff outcomes.  In this module, we’ll explore behaviors and evidence based practices that influence every area of a nurse leader’s responsibilities, including staff engagement, patient safety, patient and family experience and financial management.

    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 17509 for 1.0 Contact Hours

    This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Georgia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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    Transformational Leadership: Your Leadership Matters offers 1.0 Patient Experience Continuing Education credits (PXEs) through Patient Experience Institute (PXI).

    Lori Armstrong, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

    CEO & Chief Clinical Officer Inspire Nurse Leaders

    Dr. Lori Armstrong, DNP, RN NEA-BC is CEO & Chief Clinical Officer at Inspire Nurse Leaders TM  specializes in educating and growing nurse leaders to become their best enabling them to achieve great outcomes for themselves, their patients, and teams.

    For over 25 years, Dr. Armstrong has held executive level and senior leadership roles at top hospitals including Kaiser Permanente, New York Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and Stanford Children’s.  Academically Lori earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice- Executive Leadership @ Drexel University and is a graduate of Harvard’s Executive Leadership Program.  Lori serves on several national boards and is the recipient of multiple awards including Silicon Valley Woman of Distinction and the Jennifer L Howse Leadership Award. 

    Most recently her passion for the link between nursing leadership and patient/staff outcomes led Lori to create The Nurse Leader Academy (NLA).  The NLA is a uniquely designed nurse leadership development curriculum helping nurse leaders achieve top decile performance.  Lori’s expertise, humor and contagious energy make her a sought-after speaker, teacher, and coach.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Being a new leader can be scary and far too often formal education does not prepare you for the realities of everyday leadership. This module provides a road map for your initial leadership journey. Whether you are a brand new leader or a leader who is starting a new role, completing this module will help you better connect with your team, co-workers, and discover the value of leader credibility.

    Being a new leader can be scary and far too often formal education does not prepare you for the realities of everyday leadership.  This module provides a road map for your initial leadership journey.  Whether you are a brand new leader or a leader who is starting a new role, completing this module will help you better connect with your team, co-workers, and discover the value of leader credibility.

    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 17509 for 1.0 Contact Hours

    This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Georgia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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    Integrative Strategies for Rising Leaders offers 1.0 Patient Experience Continuing Education credits (PXEs) through Patient Experience Institute (PXI).

    Lori Armstrong, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

    CEO & Chief Clinical Officer Inspire Nurse Leaders

    Dr. Lori Armstrong, DNP, RN NEA-BC is CEO & Chief Clinical Officer at Inspire Nurse Leaders TM  specializes in educating and growing nurse leaders to become their best enabling them to achieve great outcomes for themselves, their patients, and teams.

    For over 25 years, Dr. Armstrong has held executive level and senior leadership roles at top hospitals including Kaiser Permanente, New York Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and Stanford Children’s.  Academically Lori earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice- Executive Leadership @ Drexel University and is a graduate of Harvard’s Executive Leadership Program.  Lori serves on several national boards and is the recipient of multiple awards including Silicon Valley Woman of Distinction and the Jennifer L Howse Leadership Award. 

    Most recently her passion for the link between nursing leadership and patient/staff outcomes led Lori to create The Nurse Leader Academy (NLA).  The NLA is a uniquely designed nurse leadership development curriculum helping nurse leaders achieve top decile performance.  Lori’s expertise, humor and contagious energy make her a sought-after speaker, teacher, and coach.

    Alexandra Luton, BS, MN, RN

    Alexandra Luton is an experienced Registered Nurse with a variety of neonatal-focused experience across the healthcare industry.   Alex has published works in several academic journals and served as a content creator and editor for multiple online educational offerings for nurses.  Equipped with graduate-level training and professional experience in continuous quality improvement, Alex is skilled as an educator, facilitator, collaborator, consultant and change agent.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    As nurse leaders, we have a professional obligation to develop resilience in ourselves, the teams we supervise, and the organization. This module will review the concept of resilience, strategies to enhance individual and collective resilient practices and how a resilient leader can positively impact such metrics as reduced turnover, reduced cost, and improved quality outcomes.

    As nurse leaders, we have a professional obligation to develop resilience in ourselves, the teams we supervise, and the organization. This module will review the concept of resilience, strategies to enhance individual and collective resilient practices and how a resilient leader can positively impact such metrics as reduced turnover, reduced cost, and improved quality outcomes.


    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 17509 for 1.0 Contact Hours

    This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Georgia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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    Building and Cultivating Resilience offers 1.0 Patient Experience Continuing Education credits (PXEs) through Patient Experience Institute (PXI).

    Pamela Spivey MSN, CCNS, RNC-NIC, RN-BC, CCFP

    Pamela is an international speaker, author and certified Compassion Fatigue Professional. She is an expert in resiliency practices and shares that expertise with individuals and teams to promote a flourishing, compassionate culture. As a transformational nursing leader and consultant with a solid history of achievement in program design and execution, Pam has helped numerous groups discover opportunities, design specific strategies and deliver positive outcomes.  As a certified personal and professional coach with an emphasis in Positive Psychology, Pam helps clients tap into their strengths, leverage their unique potential and facilitate growth of their leadership capacity.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Influence is key to successful leadership. To influence, a leader uses strategies or tactics, actual behaviors designed to change another person’s attitudes, beliefs, values, or actions. Discussed in this module is how to develop trusted relationships so you can strengthen and expand your influence to positively impact patient outcomes.

    Influence is key to successful leadership. To influence, a leader uses strategies or tactics, actual behaviors designed to change another person’s attitudes, beliefs, values, or actions. Discussed in this module is how to develop trusted relationships so you can strengthen and expand your influence to positively impact patient outcomes.


    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 17509 for 1.0 Contact Hours

    This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Georgia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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    Leader Influence offers 1.0 Patient Experience Continuing Education credits (PXEs) through Patient Experience Institute (PXI).

    Pamela Spivey MSN, CCNS, RNC-NIC, RN-BC, CCFP

    Pamela is an international speaker, author and certified Compassion Fatigue Professional. She is an expert in resiliency practices and shares that expertise with individuals and teams to promote a flourishing, compassionate culture. As a transformational nursing leader and consultant with a solid history of achievement in program design and execution, Pam has helped numerous groups discover opportunities, design specific strategies and deliver positive outcomes.  As a certified personal and professional coach with an emphasis in Positive Psychology, Pam helps clients tap into their strengths, leverage their unique potential and facilitate growth of their leadership capacity.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Emotional intelligence (EI) is a scientifically validated function of the human brain that helps us process and utilize emotional information. One of the most important applications of EI is helping leaders foster a workplace climate conducive to high performance. This module discusses how nurse leaders can build and enhance emotional Intelligence to make better decisions, engage and influence more effectively, and create the right climate for positive outcomes.

    Emotional intelligence (EI) is a scientifically validated function of the human brain that helps us process and utilize emotional information. One of the most important applications of EI is helping leaders foster a workplace climate conducive to high performance. This module discusses how nurse leaders can build and enhance emotional Intelligence to make better decisions, engage and influence more effectively, and create the right climate for positive outcomes.

    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 17509 for 1.0 Contact Hours

    This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Georgia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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    Module 5: Emotional Intelligence offers 1.0 Patient Experience Continuing Education credits (PXEs) through Patient Experience Institute (PXI).

    Pamela Spivey MSN, CCNS, RNC-NIC, RN-BC, CCFP

    Pamela is an international speaker, author and certified Compassion Fatigue Professional. She is an expert in resiliency practices and shares that expertise with individuals and teams to promote a flourishing, compassionate culture. As a transformational nursing leader and consultant with a solid history of achievement in program design and execution, Pam has helped numerous groups discover opportunities, design specific strategies and deliver positive outcomes.  As a certified personal and professional coach with an emphasis in Positive Psychology, Pam helps clients tap into their strengths, leverage their unique potential and facilitate growth of their leadership capacity.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Where are we going, what is our targeted direction? As Warren Bennis states, “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” Strategic planning starts with clarity of focus. This module will explore the key elements of strategy, compare and contrast different models of strategic planning, and its application to nursing. This module also highlights the internal and external factors within healthcare that influence and ultimately require considering a shift from strategic planning to strategic management.

    Where are we going, what is our targeted direction?  As Warren Bennis states, “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.”  Strategic planning starts with clarity of focus.  This module will explore the key elements of strategy, compare and contrast different models of strategic planning, and its application to nursing.  This module also highlights the internal and external factors within healthcare that influence and ultimately require considering a shift from strategic planning to strategic management.  

    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 17509 for 1.0 Contact Hours

    This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Georgia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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    Strategic Planning offers 1.0 Patient Experience Continuing Education credits (PXEs) through Patient Experience Institute (PXI).

    Alexandria Combs, MSHS

    •Alexandria Combs is a vision maker and healthcare catalyst as CEO of Alexandria Combs Healthcare Consulting, Strategic Advisor at Inspire Nurse LeadersTM, and Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer at NGA Healthcare Consulting.

    •Accomplished healthcare executive with 20+ years in healthcare consulting and hospital leadership (Stockamp/Huron Consulting, Stanford Children’s Health, Stanford Health Care, Kaiser Permanente, Trinity Health, OHSU, Sutter Health, McKesson, Mercy-ROi, TelaBio, Medpricer/Conductiv)

    •Alexandria’s versatility and background as a healthcare administrator, strategist, chief innovation officer, operations expert, coach and consultant give her a wealth of capabilities and ways to create value.  Alexandria is committed to amplifying the voice of the patient/family/consumer and coaching and mentoring executive leaders and has a history of consistently surpassing organizational performance goals by growing clinical business, maintaining strong financial performance, and enhancing the patient experience and employee engagement

    •Alexandria has spoken on a broad spectrum of topics across the healthcare value chain: strategy, change management, innovation, intrapreneurship, clinical transformation, patient progression, service line optimization, business continuity, and organizational transformation

    •Alexandria earned both her Masters of Science degree in Health Systems/Industrial Engineering and bachelor’s degree with honors in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech with a certificate in Organizational Psychology. She also holds a certificate in LEAN performance improvement training from BMGI and Joan Wellman Associates.

    •Alexandria also has a strong commitment to improving health and health care systems globally. She actively volunteers in medical missions in Africa and Asia, assisting with strategic planning, fundraising, and operational execution of the missions.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Why is change so challenging? Change is emotional! What does change management mean to you personally, as a nurse, as a leader? Change management is an organized approach to managing organizational change and fueling change by engaging employees resulting in greater productivity. In this module, we will explore the primary change management models, the three types of organizational change, and both recognize and honor the human side of change dynamics.

    Why is change so challenging?  Change is emotional!  What does change management mean to you personally, as a nurse, as a leader?  Change management is an organized approach to managing organizational change and fueling change by engaging employees resulting in greater productivity.  In this module, we will explore the primary change management models, the three types of organizational change, and both recognize and honor the human side of change dynamics.


    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 17509 for 2.0 Contact Hours

    This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Georgia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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    Change Management offers 2.0 Patient Experience Continuing Education credits (PXEs) through Patient Experience Institute (PXI).

    Alexandria Combs, MSHS

    •Alexandria Combs is a vision maker and healthcare catalyst as CEO of Alexandria Combs Healthcare Consulting, Strategic Advisor at Inspire Nurse LeadersTM, and Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer at NGA Healthcare Consulting.

    •Accomplished healthcare executive with 20+ years in healthcare consulting and hospital leadership (Stockamp/Huron Consulting, Stanford Children’s Health, Stanford Health Care, Kaiser Permanente, Trinity Health, OHSU, Sutter Health, McKesson, Mercy-ROi, TelaBio, Medpricer/Conductiv)

    •Alexandria’s versatility and background as a healthcare administrator, strategist, chief innovation officer, operations expert, coach and consultant give her a wealth of capabilities and ways to create value.  Alexandria is committed to amplifying the voice of the patient/family/consumer and coaching and mentoring executive leaders and has a history of consistently surpassing organizational performance goals by growing clinical business, maintaining strong financial performance, and enhancing the patient experience and employee engagement

    •Alexandria has spoken on a broad spectrum of topics across the healthcare value chain: strategy, change management, innovation, intrapreneurship, clinical transformation, patient progression, service line optimization, business continuity, and organizational transformation

    •Alexandria earned both her Masters of Science degree in Health Systems/Industrial Engineering and bachelor’s degree with honors in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech with a certificate in Organizational Psychology. She also holds a certificate in LEAN performance improvement training from BMGI and Joan Wellman Associates.

    •Alexandria also has a strong commitment to improving health and health care systems globally. She actively volunteers in medical missions in Africa and Asia, assisting with strategic planning, fundraising, and operational execution of the missions.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    How do we balance standardization and personalization in pursuit of advancing beyond care coordination? How do we hardwire for results with operational excellence? This module grounds ourselves in the leadership required to ensure results. We learn about the pivotal, inseparable link between quality/patient safety and operations. Beyond Care Coordination also explores the three components of the model for providing extraordinary care coordination, how governance and high reliability can support your journey beyond care coordination, and how to best integrate change management principles into your operating strategy performance.

    How do we balance standardization and personalization in pursuit of advancing beyond care coordination?  How do we hardwire for results with operational excellence?  This module grounds ourselves in the leadership required to ensure results.  We learn about the pivotal, inseparable link between quality/patient safety and operations.  Beyond Care Coordination also explores the three components of the model for providing extraordinary care coordination, how governance and high reliability can support your journey beyond care coordination, and how to best integrate change management principles into your operating strategy performance. 


    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 17509 for 1.5 Contact Hours

    This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Georgia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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    Beyond Care Coordination: Hardwiring Operational Excellence & Advancing Patient Centered Transformation offers 1.5 Patient Experience Continuing Education credits (PXEs) through Patient Experience Institute (PXI).

    Alexandria Combs, MSHS

    •Alexandria Combs is a vision maker and healthcare catalyst as CEO of Alexandria Combs Healthcare Consulting, Strategic Advisor at Inspire Nurse LeadersTM, and Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer at NGA Healthcare Consulting.

    •Accomplished healthcare executive with 20+ years in healthcare consulting and hospital leadership (Stockamp/Huron Consulting, Stanford Children’s Health, Stanford Health Care, Kaiser Permanente, Trinity Health, OHSU, Sutter Health, McKesson, Mercy-ROi, TelaBio, Medpricer/Conductiv)

    •Alexandria’s versatility and background as a healthcare administrator, strategist, chief innovation officer, operations expert, coach and consultant give her a wealth of capabilities and ways to create value.  Alexandria is committed to amplifying the voice of the patient/family/consumer and coaching and mentoring executive leaders and has a history of consistently surpassing organizational performance goals by growing clinical business, maintaining strong financial performance, and enhancing the patient experience and employee engagement

    •Alexandria has spoken on a broad spectrum of topics across the healthcare value chain: strategy, change management, innovation, intrapreneurship, clinical transformation, patient progression, service line optimization, business continuity, and organizational transformation

    •Alexandria earned both her Masters of Science degree in Health Systems/Industrial Engineering and bachelor’s degree with honors in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech with a certificate in Organizational Psychology. She also holds a certificate in LEAN performance improvement training from BMGI and Joan Wellman Associates.

    •Alexandria also has a strong commitment to improving health and health care systems globally. She actively volunteers in medical missions in Africa and Asia, assisting with strategic planning, fundraising, and operational execution of the missions.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower”, Steve Jobs. What is the imperative for innovation? Innovation requires a forward way of thinking, acting and most importantly a strong will to change. This module identifies the key themes for managing risk and building scale, learn about the three types of innovation, and learn the rationale and characteristics to cultivate intrapreneurship within your organization.

    “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower”, Steve Jobs.  What is the imperative for innovation? Innovation requires a forward way of thinking, acting and most importantly a strong will to change. This module identifies the key themes for managing risk and building scale, learn about the three types of innovation, and learn the rationale and characteristics to cultivate intrapreneurship within your organization.


    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 17509 for 1.0 Contact Hours

    This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Georgia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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    Innovation offers 1.0 Patient Experience Continuing Education credits (PXEs) through Patient Experience Institute (PXI).

    Alexandria Combs, MSHS

    •Alexandria Combs is a vision maker and healthcare catalyst as CEO of Alexandria Combs Healthcare Consulting, Strategic Advisor at Inspire Nurse LeadersTM, and Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer at NGA Healthcare Consulting.

    •Accomplished healthcare executive with 20+ years in healthcare consulting and hospital leadership (Stockamp/Huron Consulting, Stanford Children’s Health, Stanford Health Care, Kaiser Permanente, Trinity Health, OHSU, Sutter Health, McKesson, Mercy-ROi, TelaBio, Medpricer/Conductiv)

    •Alexandria’s versatility and background as a healthcare administrator, strategist, chief innovation officer, operations expert, coach and consultant give her a wealth of capabilities and ways to create value.  Alexandria is committed to amplifying the voice of the patient/family/consumer and coaching and mentoring executive leaders and has a history of consistently surpassing organizational performance goals by growing clinical business, maintaining strong financial performance, and enhancing the patient experience and employee engagement

    •Alexandria has spoken on a broad spectrum of topics across the healthcare value chain: strategy, change management, innovation, intrapreneurship, clinical transformation, patient progression, service line optimization, business continuity, and organizational transformation

    •Alexandria earned both her Masters of Science degree in Health Systems/Industrial Engineering and bachelor’s degree with honors in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech with a certificate in Organizational Psychology. She also holds a certificate in LEAN performance improvement training from BMGI and Joan Wellman Associates.

    •Alexandria also has a strong commitment to improving health and health care systems globally. She actively volunteers in medical missions in Africa and Asia, assisting with strategic planning, fundraising, and operational execution of the missions.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The evidence is clear- there is an inseparable link between the work environment and nurse retention and patient outcomes. This module will help you better understand the existing evidence-based components of creating a healthy work environment and your role in implementing these best practices.

    The evidence is clear- there is an inseparable link between the work environment and nurse retention and patient outcomes.   This module will help you better understand the existing evidence-based components of creating a healthy work environment and your role in implementing these best practices.


    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 17509 for 1.5 Contact Hours

    This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Georgia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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    Healthy Work Environments offers 1.5 Patient Experience Continuing Education credits (PXEs) through Patient Experience Institute (PXI).

    Lori Armstrong, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

    CEO & Chief Clinical Officer Inspire Nurse Leaders

    Dr. Lori Armstrong, DNP, RN NEA-BC is CEO & Chief Clinical Officer at Inspire Nurse Leaders TM  specializes in educating and growing nurse leaders to become their best enabling them to achieve great outcomes for themselves, their patients, and teams.

    For over 25 years, Dr. Armstrong has held executive level and senior leadership roles at top hospitals including Kaiser Permanente, New York Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and Stanford Children’s.  Academically Lori earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice- Executive Leadership @ Drexel University and is a graduate of Harvard’s Executive Leadership Program.  Lori serves on several national boards and is the recipient of multiple awards including Silicon Valley Woman of Distinction and the Jennifer L Howse Leadership Award. 

    Most recently her passion for the link between nursing leadership and patient/staff outcomes led Lori to create The Nurse Leader Academy (NLA).  The NLA is a uniquely designed nurse leadership development curriculum helping nurse leaders achieve top decile performance.  Lori’s expertise, humor and contagious energy make her a sought-after speaker, teacher, and coach.