The Aspiring Nurse Leader Institute (ANLI) here in Nashville got off to a great start yesterday afternoon. On the heels of the CMA weekend, 48 attendees arrived in Nashville with high energy and enthusiasm. The group for this institute are from across the country and come from a variety of backgrounds. We have a large number of magnet hospitals represented as well as critical access hospitals and Indian Health Service facilities. But I think what brings everyone together is the shared desire to become better leaders and better navigators around the barriers.
After introductions, and an overview of the Nurse Manager's Skill Inventory, we found that "what keeps them up at night" are dilemmas shared by most everyone. As is the tradition at ANLI we concluded the session with the Blind Square exercise--a leadership challenge not unlike what we face everyday; somewhat vague directions, no beginning clear strategy, chaos and confusion. I will say the volunteers did a great job once the end was found!!!!!!!!!!
The evening concluded with a pizza reception. You might ask why pizza in Nashville; I will admit it was very good (and that comes from a pizza snob from Chicago). I hope everyone is well rested and ready for a full day. Tonight is a free night so we all will be able to taste the best of Nashville. When you get nurses together it really is all about the food.
Joining me as faculty are David Marshall and Pam Thompson. Meredith Paone is the meeting coordinator (making sure we are well fed!). David will blog this evening. Be sure to come back!
AONE director of professional practice