What participants had to say about the Academy
As someone who is passionate about changing the culture of aging in our long term care communities, and also an advocate for recognizing the special skills required for nurses working in long term care, I truly believe that the MU Leadership Academy hits a home run in providing nurses and NHAs in Missouri the tools to take them, and our profession, to the next level. Leadership and the ability to grow a great team are key to changing the culture and advancing our profession. I have consistently heard from Academy participants how the experience has impacted them as professionals and provides them with the skills to create cultures in their communities where the quality of life for residents excels.
Joan Devine, RN-BC, LNHA
President, Missouri Coalition Celebrating Care Continuum Change (MC5)
This proven leadership course for RNs and NHAs in LTC is the perfect way to invest in your staff and enhance the clinical and administrative outcomes for your ALF. It has an outstanding track record including increased retention of its graduates after completing the program, improved teamwork, communication and resident care. I've had an opportunity to speak at this Academy and have seen, first hand, the quality of the faculty and relevance of the content. It is making a difference in LTC! I highly recommend it. For $20/clock hour, it is a bargain when you see their outcomes!
Mary Tellis-Nayak, RN, MSN, MPH
Vice president of Quality Initiatives for My InnerView
The Enhanced Leadership Development Academy is a rare opportunity for long term care nurses to participate in a comprehensive, highly engaged, evidence based program. Participants find it extremely relevant to their daily work and a welcome opportunity to think together with colleagues and experts. I just wanted to thank you for including me in your really amazing program. It's a privilege and a pleasure to be invited to participate. What you have is truly remarkable.
Barbara Bowers, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate dean for research and LTC expert
School of Nursing
University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Leadership Academy is unique in that no one else is giving this particular type of training because no one else is really qualified to do it
Matthew Younger, MS
CEO, Northwest Health Center
Former section administrator, Long Term Care Regulation, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services,
The Department of Health and Senior Services has seen both clinical outcomes and social outcomes that are positive from leaders who have gone through this program. Because of the value that we've seen in the program, we have sponsored the program and provided funding so that the ELDA program can continue. It reaps untold benefits, staff retention goes up and the quality of care provided in the homes increases and we just think it's a real value to the state.
Assistant section administrator, Long Term Care Regulation, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
We believe that the Leadership Academy fills a void here in Missouri. There's no other certificate program like it.
Lorie Towe, JD
CEO, Operations and Regulatory Affairs
Missouri Health Care Association
The EDLA at the University of Missouri is a collaborative learning opportunity that increases the knowledge and expertise of leaders in the post-acute arena. The participants learn about leadership, their strengths and then apply these learnings through a practical facility-based performance improvement project. The Academy is preparing post-acute leaders for the new healthcare environment.
Jeri Reinhardt, RN
Benedictine Health System