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Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program

Developing Advanced Practice Nurses


 Transformative Health Care Leaders


Program Description

Duke University Schools of Medicine and Nursing and Johnson & Johnson, with their combined history of excellence in clinical leadership training entered into a unique partnership to create the Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program.  Through its rich leadership and management program content, this certificate program will train the advanced practice nurse to be better able to meet the challenges of the evolving health care environment.  Fellows who successfully complete the program will be equipped with the skills and competencies to lead health care teams to increased operational efficiency and improved patient outcomes with a focus on underserved populations.

The nurse professional enrolled in this one-year program structured with distance-based and on-site sessions in Durham, N.C. will be immersed in learning led by Duke University faculty and industry leaders. With a focus on the creation and sustainability of patient-centered practices, the Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program emphasizes the behaviors of exemplary leaders to enable nurse professionals to identify different types of personal leadership styles and philosophies and learn how to incorporate and expand upon them when directing health care teams. Skills and competencies acquired through program participation can be applicable in the urban, rural, large or small clinical environment.

Mission Statement

The Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program provides advanced practice nurses with a year-long transformational leadership development experience to prepare them to implement change in their practice settings and within the evolving and challenging health care environment.


Program Goals

By augmenting the Fellows’ professional growth and development through a transformative learning experience, the Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program aims to increase the number of advanced practice nurses who:

·     possess core skills and competencies to effectively lead nurse-managed health care practices which focus on underserved populations

·     utilize state-of-the art tools and methodologies to catalyze change within systems of care

·     act on behalf of patients to address needs within the larger health care system

·    provide quality care that is efficient and effective to improve individual and community health outcomes


Program Components

The Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program is a unique leadership and management learning experience that features:

·     a curriculum which emphasizes leadership, communication and relationship-building, business acumen, and health care environment skills and competencies

·     a combination of on-site sessions and distance-based learning formats

·     interaction with renowned faculty, experts and industry innovators offering insights into the changing health care landscape

·     learning and networking opportunities with advanced practice nurse leaders from across the country

·     mentoring opportunities to facilitate personal and professional development

·     an independent project that explores innovative solutions to a real-life challenge in a health care setting



Admissions will be limited to thirty enrollees for the 2014-2015 program year that begins in May 2014. Online applications for admission will be accepted November 15, 2013 through January 31, 2014.

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