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ANA-MI Empowered Leader Virtual Series
January 16 - April 9, 2024

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The ANA-MI Empowered Leader Series (ELS) is designed for nurses interested in and/or involved in leadership to explore evidence-based practices with leadership experts as well as to learn how to apply practical leadership strategies within their teams. Through the ELS participants will have opportunities for self-assessment and self-reflection with highly interactive groups sessions built with a focus on challenging and realistic work situations on critical healthcare topics. Through the ELS series of seven virtual sessions, each cohort will be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to lead effectively in the challenging times that healthcare faces.

The Empowered Leader Series is designed for all levels of nursing leaders from all practice areas throughout the continuum of care. Groups of leaders from the same organization are encouraged to attend this seven-week, virtual leadership series.

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Why Participate?

As an ELS participant, you will:

  • Become a member of an ELS Cohort.
  • Develop your personal strengths, identify, and strengthen your leadership competencies and develop an individualized plan for continued leadership development.
  • Participate with national and regional leaders in core leadership sessions.
  • Apply selected concepts of nursing leadership to daily practice.
  • Prepare yourself to assume new roles and programs as healthcare systems evolve.
  • Build leadership capacity within your practice and your organization.

The Program Includes:

  • Seven virtual two-hour facilitated sessions with national, and regional content experts.
  • Tools, assessments, and materials for content understanding and application. 
  • Reading Material: Emotional Intelligence 2.0 will be shipped directly to your address 2 weeks prior to the first course date
  • Opportunity to be recognized at the Annual ANA-MI Conference as an ELS graduate.
  • Earn 14 Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) contact hours.
  • ANA-MI ELS Micro-Credential certificate of completion


Group Rate%10 group discount for 4 or more registrants from one hospital 


ANA-MI Member


INA Member (Code:EMPOWERED2024)



Empowered Leaders Facilitator

Kari Szczechowski, DNP, RN, PCCN-K

Dr. Szczechowski is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Michigan School of Nursing and a Staff Specialist working with the Chief Nursing Officer at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital. She completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of Michigan focused on improving the unit climate for evidence-based practice by focusing on leadership training and mentoring.

Dr. Szczechowski has over 27 years of progressive nursing leadership and clinical responsibilities. In her various roles at the unit, hospital, and organizational levels, she has led organizational strategies to build infrastructures supporting clinical quality, safety, and operational effectiveness to elevate nursing practice.

Leading her previous organization to its first ANCC Magnet Designation, Dr. Szczechowski’s passion is focused on implementing evidence-based practice initiatives using shared decision-making models to provide nurses at all levels, with the knowledge and skills necessary to positively impact clinical outcomes.

Dr. Szczechowski is a member of the Michigan Nurses Association Nursing Practice Committee, the World Medical Relief Advisory Board, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, the American Organization of Nursing Leadership, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society–Rho Chapter, among others.

Course Overview

Week Event Additional Actions

Week 1

January 16, 2024

Welcome & Orientation
Introductions Small Groups

Name Organization, Role,
Sector, Icebreaker Question guilty pleasure

Leadership Pillars Introduction
Pillar 1: Becoming a Leader
Pillar 2: Leading People
Pillar 3: Leading Collaboratively
Pillar 4: Leading Change

Vision of the Future of the Profession
Emotional Intelligence
Introduction to Group Discussion

FORUM Discussion Breakouts

Pre-Homework: Emotional Intelligence 2.0 – assessment included

Materials will be mailed to registrants 2 weeks prior

Week 2

January 30, 2024

Myths and Realities on Becoming a Leader

Pillar 2 - Leading People Introduction
Recruiting New Team Members
Onboarding New Team Members
Team Dynamics and Culture
DEI/Implicit Bias

FORUM Discussion Breakouts

Pre-Homework: Pillar 1 – Becoming a Leader

Week 3

February 13, 2024

Career Mapping Worksheet review
Creating Executive Presence
Leading through Conflict/Difficult Conversations
Interactive Breakouts - CONFLICT
FORUM Discussion

Pre-Homework: Effective Communication

Career Mapping Worksheet Explained Participants are sent a Career Mapping Worksheet to complete prior to Week 3 Participants are asked to send questions for the Career Panel in advance

Week 4

February 27, 2024

Pivoting in Your Nursing Career
Industry representatives were selected from the following areas:

  • Acute care hospital/system setting (bedside)
  • Acute care hospital/system setting leadership.
  • Long-term care nursing
  • Physician groups and clinics
  • Urgent care/emergency Services
  • Behavioral Health
  • Home Health Services
  • Academic

Breakouts with Career Panelists

Pre-Homework: Building Effective Nursing Teams and Being a Strong Team Member

Week 5

March 12, 2024

Pillar 4 - Leading Collaboratively in Nursing

  • Delegation
  • Trust
  • Leading with Compassion

Collaboration Case Study

FORUM Discussion

Pre-Homework: Pillar 3 – Leading Collaboratively

Week 6

March 26, 2024

No Margin, No Mission Facts on Finance

  • Value-Based Purchasing
  • Budgets,
  • Financial Statements & Planning
  • Developing a business plan

Case for Financial Competency

FORUM Discussion

Pre-Homework: No Margin/No Mission Financial Facts

Week 7

April 9, 2024

Pillar 5 - Leading Change Discussion and Case Study

  • Leading Change
  • Project Management
  • Quality and Safety

Final Forum Activity

Program Wrap-Up

Pre-Homework: Pillar 4 Change Leading through Advocacy and Policy Change
June 6-7, 2024

2024 ANA-MI Conference

Empowered Leader Series Recognition with ANA Board & Sponsoring Organizations


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