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WE LEAD: Nursing Leadership Academy

The Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing Leadership Academy, WE LEAD, aims to develop, foster, and champion the leadership competencies of emerging and established nurse leaders, preparing them to build a culture of health around the world.

We Lead uses experiential learning to add depth to the student experience, covering topics like entrepreneurship, negotiation, and innovation. The themes and curriculum were developed around the ANA’s Leadership Institutes pillars of ‘leading yourself, leading others and leading the organization.’ 

  • Professionalism and Social responsibility
  • Communication and Relationship Management
  • Personal / Professional Leadership Development
  • Systems-Based Practice in the Health Care Environment
  • Business Skills and Principals

Application requirements

Currently, the program is designed to target upper-division undergraduate students in their third year, regardless of campus location. To apply, you must:

  • Be in good academic standing with the University
  • Provide a statement of goals for participation in the WE LEAD program

Why become a Leadership Scholar?

Persons completing the majority of program activities will be recognized at the end-of-year banquet. Participating in the WE LEAD program and graduating as a Leadership Scholar from the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing will distinguish you from your colleagues, guide you on the path to effective leadership by harnessing your strengths and abilities, and provide you with a competitive edge as you seek employment and educational opportunities beyond the BSN degree.

Program overview

The program includes one in-person meeting per semester and one independent activity per month. Students participating in the on-campus activities will receive WE LEAD tee shirts and meals during programming and an official WE LEAD College of Nursing pin at the end-of-year banquet. Travel, food, and lodging will be provided for students arriving from the Commonwealth Campuses. On-campus activities will include team building (escape rooms), experiential workshop activities, and self-assessments. 

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Susan Leight, Director, Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing, WE LEAD Leadership Academy, at: or (304) 203-0299. 


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