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Leadership Development


To create a self-sustaining “Center of Nursing Excellence” for Alaska that serves as a catalyst for growth and excellence in the profession of nursing.


The Leadership Development Action Group aims to define leadership in a way that inspires and encourages Alaska nurses at all levels to act as leaders within their community by providing building blocks for promotion, support and development of leadership skills.

Become Involved:

The Leadership & Mentorship Action team meets monthly. If you would like to participate in the Leadership & Mentorship Action team or attend one of our meetings please contact


“Vision without execution is hallucination.”

Thomas Edison

 Tips for Success

Do’s and Don’ts for Nursing Managers


  1. Develop a purpose (why do you do what you do?)
  2. Create an environment and culture of excellence
  3. Have a roadmap for success
  4. Communicate effectively
  5. MANAGE your processes; LEAD your people
  6. Get in the trenches
  7. Be decisive


  1. Forget where you came from
  2. Become emotional at work
  3. Accept excuses
  4. Focus on making friends
  5. Ignore underperformers
  6. Micro-manage

Leadership in Action

The Alaska Nursing Action Coalition held its first annual conference on June 10, 2015. The 2015 Alaska Center of Nursing Excellence Conference, Leadership in Action, reflected The Center’s goal to inspire and encourage Alaska nurses at all levels to act as leaders within their community by providing building blocks for promotion, support and development of leadership skills. The conference sessions were recorded and is available for free to Alaskan nurses.

The Coalition is partnered with the Alaska Nurses Association to offer continuing nursing education.  The Alaska Nurses Association (AaNA) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Contact hours will be awarded for participation in this activity.

Click here to watch recordings of the Leadership in Action Workshop.



Leadership Library


The Nurse Leader Handbook
Studer Group Coaches, Fire Starter Publishing, 2010

Imagine what it’s like to be a nurse leader. (Actually, many of you reading this don’t have to imagine!) You’re caring for patients – a tough job in and of itself – and you’re expected to keep doing that and manage a staff of others like you. In many organizations, nurse leaders get only a classroom course and a one- or two-week training period to help them make the transition.

The Nurse Leader Handbook: The Art and Science of Nurse Leadership helps “fill in the knowledge gaps” for the courageous and dedicated men and women who take on one of the most complex jobs in healthcare.


Leading from the Front
Courtney Lynch and Angie Morgan, McGraw-Hill, 2006

Ask yourself honestly, is your professional life going according to plan? If you are not developing your leadership skills, there is an essential element missing from your efforts for success. Leading from the Front will show you how to start leading your life rather than allowing your life to lead you.

Many women have never received formal leadership training. They weren’t taught to be decisive, commanding, and ready to take risks. But it’s never too late to change. Angie Morgan and Courtney Lynch weren’t born leaders-they became leaders during their years in the U.S. Marine Corps, enduring some of the toughest training on earth. Now they pass the leadership know-how and experience from that training on to you.

Drawing on their years as Marine Corps officers and successful private consultants, Morgan and Lynch deliver 10 key practices to becoming a powerful leader.


5 Levels of Leadership
John Maxwell, Center Street, 2013

#1 New York Times bestselling author John C. Maxwell explains how true leadership works and makes it accessible to everyone. Leadership does not come from your title. In fact, being named to a position is only the first and lowest of the five levels every effective leader achieves. To become more than a boss people are required to follow, you must master the ability to inspire and build a team that produces not only results, but also future leaders.