WICHITA, Kansas – Southwestern College Director of Nursing Amber Pyatt has been selected as a scholar for the Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy (NFLA) – Cohort III beginning in March.
The NFLA was developed by Sigma Theta Tau International in partnership with the Elsevier Foundation in an effort to heighten the personal leadership development of nurse faculty. It strives to improve faculty retention, advance academic career success and cultivate high performing, supportive work environments in colleges.
All NFLA Leadership Academy applicants were reviewed and ranked on criteria including experience and commitment to the field of nursing. Pyatt, along with her mentor, Dr. Denise Gormley, executive director of graduate programs and coordinator of the Nursing Administration Program at the University Of Cincinnati College Of Nursing, were chosen as one of 16 paired scholar/mentor teams to participate in the 20-month leadership development curriculum focusing on individual leadership development, leading a team project to advance nursing education and expand the scope of influence within academic institutions, the community and the profession.
“Serving in a leadership role currently at Southwestern College, I know how important it is to enhance leadership skills in order to promote the RN to BSN program at SC,” says Pyatt. “Some of my goals during the next 20 months will be to use information garnered through the workshops to develop self-confidence through reflection, goal-setting and collaboration with my leadership mentor.”
Pyatt will conduct a team project focusing on the issue of retention in RN to BSN programs. She hopes being part of the NFLA Leadership Academy will allow her to bring back information and implement it into the RN to BSN program at SC.