PBNC RN to participate in privileged Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy

May 06, 2011
We are so honored that one of our own staff was chosen to participate in this group of leaders. Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy (GNLA) is an exciting, intense and career-changing experience for nurses who are committed to leading health care practice changes for older adults.

The purpose of GNLA is to develop the leadership skills of geriatric nurses in positions of influence in a variety of health care settings. GNLA prepares geriatric nurses to effectively lead interprofessional teams to improve the quality of health care for older adults and their families.   

Polly Youngren MSN, BC, our assistant director of nursing at PBNC chosen for GNLA participation to develop the leadership skills of geriatric nurses in positions of influence in a variety of health care settings.

GNLA prepares geriatric nurses to effectively lead interprofessional teams to improve the quality of health care for older adults and their families.Through the partnership between the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International and The John A. Hartford Foundation, GNLA has become the premier leadership development opportunity for nurses dedicated to influencing policy and geriatric health outcomes.

Fellows of GNLA become active participants in the national network of geriatric nursing leaders.  This growing group of experts has begun a collective movement toward national influence in changing care for older adults.

GNLA is an 18-month mentored leadership experience. Each fellow will select an expert mentor who will participate in the GNLA workshops and guide them through the leadership development journey. The blended curriculum of GNLA provides a multitude of methodologies for developing leadership knowledge and competence. The investment in personal leadership development through this comprehensive experience will elevate the scope of influence to a significantly higher level.

What should be considered when selecting a mentor?  Applicants must select an experienced individual who is not a direct supervisor and demonstrates the following characteristics:
  • Extensive leadership experience
  • Possesses mentorship knowledge and expertise to guide and support the applicant's leadership journey
  • Demonstrates success as a mentor as evidenced by the accomplishments of prior mentees
  • Is able to create new networking opportunities and assist with navigating organization structure and culture
  • Is able to listen and provide feedback to assist throughout the applicant's leadership journey
  • Is able to attend and participate in all GNLA workshops, site visits and STTI's biennial convention