Building Nurse Leaders Through the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School Student Quality Leadership Academy

May, Cattleya MS, FNP-BC; Cutting, Katharine N. BSN, SN

Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: March/April 2014 - Volume 33 - Issue 2 - p 66–69
doi: 10.1097/DCC.0000000000000026
Leadership DIMENSION

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement is an independent not-for-profit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is a leading innovator in health and health care improvement with a global following.

One important part of the IHI is the development and evolution of the “Open School.” Launched in September 2008, the online community currently includes hundreds of thousands of students worldwide. The goals of the Open School are consistent with the IHI initial concepts: to build will for change, seek out innovation, share expertise, and build leaders. Each year, the Open School awards scholarships to select students to attend a Leadership Academy.

The Student Quality Leadership Academy allows students to network with other future nurses, physicians, and health care administrators and explores how they feel about leadership. This is important to nursing as we will need to replace many leadership positions in the future, but often new nurses are uncertain about leadership roles.

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is a leading innovator in health and health care improvement with a global following. The IHI BOpen School,[ an online community, currently includes hundreds of thousands of students worldwide. The annual Leadership Academy allows students to meet and network with other future nurses, physicians, and health care administrators. Scholarships recipients share their experiences from the 2014 IHI Open School Student Quality Leadership Academy.

Cattleya May, MS, FNP-BC, is pediatric otolaryngology nurse practitioner at Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts.

Katharine N. Cutting, BSN, SN, is senior nursing student at William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Cattleya May, MS, FNP-BC, Tufts Medical Center, 800 Washington St, Box 850, Boston, MA 02111 (Cmay@tuftsmedicalcenter.org).

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