Mercy Health Partners and the Xavier Leadership Center develop a nurse leadership program

| August 11, 2011

The Xavier Leadership Center and Mercy Health Partners are teaming up to develop an innovative Nurse Leadership Development Program that will be offered at Mercy Health Partners locations throughout Greater Cincinnatir. The program was developed in conjunction with the Greater Cincinnati Health Council and the Xavier School of Nursing to help nurse managers and directors operate more effectively in an increasingly challenging environment.

The 13-week program, which starts Sept. 8, will focus on three core areas—Heath Care Business Essentials, Leading Teams and Organizations, and Improving How We Work. It incorporates two powerful immersion learning experiences as well. One is called CincyChef. which teaches team development and leadership concepts during an intense gourmet cooking competition. The second is a finance and accounting simulation experience designed specifically for hospitals.

Len Brzozowski, executive director for the Xavier Leadership Center, said the program also asks participants to complete a strategic project assignment, selected by senior Mercy Health Partners executives, as a way of anchoring all the concepts taught in the program.

"We believe people learn best when they have the opportunity to immediately apply what they have learned in their own work environment,” he said.

The Nurse Leadership Development Program is a true partnership, said Dawn M. Shaferly, director of Strategic Learning and Workforce Effectiveness at Mercy Health Partners.

“In addition to the strategic project assignment, there are several modules in the program where we are inviting senior Mercy executives to participate in select classes and talk to students about how the concepts they are learning can be applied in a large and dynamic organization like Mercy Health Partners,” she said. “One of our goals with this program is to deepen the understanding of the link between our mission and strategy throughout our system.”

Mercy Health Partners is a premier healthcare provider serving Greater Cincinnati for more than 150 years. Learn more at the Mercy Health Partners website.

The Xavier Leadership Center provides transformational learning experiences for individuals, teams and organizations using a team of Xavier professors and industry professionals. For more information about the Nurse Leadership Development Program or other programs offered by the Xavier Leadership Center, visit the center online at  or contact Brzozowski at 513-745-3304 or