ANA, Ohio State launch leadership institute

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Technology Combined with Expert Faculty, Innovation, and Evidence-based Practice 

SILVER SPRING, MD and COLUMBUS, OH (June 27, 2013) – The American Nurses Association (ANA) signed agreements with The Ohio State University College of Nursing and Capella University to develop programs and offerings for the ANA Leadership Institute to advance the preparation and education of nurse leaders. 

“With these two partner organizations, we are able to build on ANA’s rich tradition of excellence, the faculty reputation and evidence-based instruction of Ohio State College of Nursing and the competency-based approach combined with the technology and online learning platform of Capella University to enrich the learning experience of programs offered through our ANA Leadership Institute,” stated ANA Chief Executive Officer Marla Weston, PhD, RN, FAAN. 

The ANA Leadership Institute selected the organizations from a competitive application process incorporating experience from a piloted series of live webinars to determine the program needs and technology requirements to reach nurses at various levels of their career.  The ANA Leadership Institute has designed programs to reach the Emerging, Developing and Advanced nurse leader regardless of past experience or training to help advance their career and leadership opportunity to improve the health care system and health care delivery, and to influence the overall health of society. 

“Nurses have inherent leadership qualities that with additional preparation, education, and skills-building experiences can enhance the overall impact of the profession on the health care system,” added Weston. 

Advanced leadership programs will be provided in partnership with The Ohio State University College of Nursing and its Leadership Academy for Peak Performance. 

 “Our partnership with ANA will prepare advanced innovation leaders equipped to transform health care and educational systems for their highest levels of performance,” stated Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN, dean of Ohio State College of Nursing and university chief wellness officer. 

“Our faculty is regarded as experts in innovation and leadership development as well as evidence-based practice.  We are honored to work with the ANA to reach this extremely important segment of the nursing profession to advance the leadership impact in health care systems, health care improvement and overall delivery of health,” added Melnyk.

In addition to in-person advanced instruction provided by a nationally recognized leadership faculty that includes Tim Porter O’Grady, DM, EdD, ScD(h), APRN, FAAN, GCNS-BC, NEA-BC, CWCN, CFCN; Kathy Malloch, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN; Scott Graham, PhD, USAF Lt. Col. (ret.); Bernadette Melnyk; and ANA leaders, the ANA Leadership Institute will offer a large portfolio of online coaching and educational experiences for the Emerging and Developing leaders. 

“We are incredibly excited that Capella University has been chosen to create, host, and maintain a learning ecosystem to support selected ANA Leadership Institute offerings.  Outside of Capella’s online nursing degree offerings, the ANA Leadership Institute is another way Capella can bring our online learning expertise to nurses across the country in order to support career development and leadership advancement within the nursing profession,” stated Scott Kinney, Capella University President.

 “The technological sophistication combined with the experienced faculty will take us light years ahead as an organization and a profession in the current and evolving health care environment,” stated Weston. 

New program offerings for Emerging, Developing and Advanced leaders will be available live and online in September.  Interested learners can visit for more information and to register for these programs. 

Media Contacts:

Adam Sachs—American Nurses Association, 301-628-5034,

Michael Walsh—Capella University, 612-977-5661,

Kathryn Kelley—The Ohio State University College of Nursing, 614-688-1062,

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About the American Nurses Association:  ANA is the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation's 3.1 million registered nurses through its constituent and state nurses associations and its organizational affiliates. ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public. For more information, visit or

About The Ohio State University College of Nursing: The Ohio State University College of Nursing is the world’s preeminent college known for transforming health and transforming lives through innovative academic programs and research that improves outcomes and evidence-based clinical practice. The College of Nursing exists to revolutionize healthcare and promote the highest levels of wellness in diverse individuals and communities throughout the nation and globe. The College of Nursing is part of the largest health science campus in the nation that comprises seven health sciences colleges, including dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, optometry, public health and veterinary medicine. Please visit us at

About Capella University:  Capella University ( is an accredited online university* that has built its reputation by providing quality online degree programs for working adults. As of March 31, 2013, more than 36,000 students were pursuing an online degree at Capella. The learning and career outcomes of Capella’s students and alumni can be found at   *Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA),   Capella University, Capella Tower, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552),