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Bridging the Strategic Leadership Gap: A Model Program for Transformational Change

Wolf, Gail DNS, RN, FAAN; Bradle, Judith BA; Nelson, Gregory BA

JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: February 2005 - Volume 35 - Issue 2 - p 54–60

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) recognized the impending crisis—a vast nurse leader shortage, especially at the strategic level. UPMC's new development model establishes a dependable leadership pipeline. The model identifies high-potential individuals, verifies required competencies, assesses participants' strengths, and provides a didactic and experiential learning curriculum. Within 2 years, the program produced a 450% return on investment and evolved into the Health Care Leadership Academy, an open enrollment program for emerging, operational, and strategic leaders nationwide.

Chief Nursing Officer (Dr Wolf); Director (Ms Bradle), the Beckwith Institute for Innovation in Patient Care, UPMC Health System, Pittsburgh, Pa; Vice President (Mr Nelson), Health Care Practice Group, Development Dimensions International, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Corresponding author: Dr Wolf, UPMC Health System, 200 Lothrop St, RM 11068, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.