Orvis faculty invited to prestigious leadership program

Executive program cultivates tomorrow’s nursing leaders

6/18/2013 - By: Anne McMillin
Nursing University of Nevada, Reno Orvis School of Nursing faculty members Christin Aramburu Alegria (top) and Stephanie DeBoor were selected to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's Leadership for Academic Nursing Program. Photo by Anne McMillin.

Two Orvis School of Nursing faculty members were recently named to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's prestigious Leadership for Academic Nursing Program.

Stephanie DeBoor, Ph.D., R.N., CCRN, assistant professor and associate director for graduate programs, and Christine Aramburu Alegria, Ph.D., R.N., FNP-BC, assistant professor and doctorate of nursing practice coordinator, were selected for this executive leadership fellowship designed to prepare a more diverse, younger pool of leaders. 

Launched by the AACN in 2001 with funding from the Helene Fuld Health Trust, the annual Leadership for Academic Nursing Program is available for mid- to upper-level faculty aspiring to lead the nursing academic unit or who are new to the dean/director role. 

Patsy Ruchala, D.N.S.c, R.N., professor and director of the Orvis School of Nursing, who was a member of the inaugural 2002 Leadership for Academic Nursing Program class, said entry into this program is very competitive and she is thrilled that two Orvis faculty members were selected this year.

"This is such an opportunity for Christine and Stephanie. Having been through the program myself, I know what a high caliber leadership program it is and the networks that can be developed that will last for years to come. I am just delighted to be able to support them in this endeavor." 

Upon her selection to the fellowship, DeBoor said: "I am very excited about this opportunity and looking forward to attending the program. Working with and learning from colleagues will be an amazing educational experience."  

In addition to teaching Level IV theory and doctorate of nursing practice administration courses, DeBoor's research interests lie in neuro trauma, head and spine injuries and educational methodologies.

Aramburu Alegria's professional interests are in the identity, relationships, and health promotion in marginalized populations, in particular the transgender and obese populations; qualitative research; global health and nursing; and the role and potential of the doctorate of nursing practice in today's dynamic healthcare environment.

Of her acceptance into the program she said: "I am extremely fortunate in having been chosen for this prestigious program.  And the timing couldn't be more perfect.  The nursing profession and we here at the Orvis School of Nursing are in the midst of growth and other expansive possibilities.  It's a dynamic time, and this program will better equip me with the skills to lead others and effect positive and enduring change in healthcare."

This competitive program imparts key leadership competencies needed in complex nursing education and healthcare environments. The program features an intensive five-day seminar, focused assessment activities, facilitation of a mentorship experience, opportunities for follow-up with seminar faculty and idea and resource sharing among fellows. To date, 557 academic leaders have graduated from the program, many of whom have gone on to assume deanships and other top roles in nursing education, research and practice.

The Leadership for Academic Nursing Program will be held the last week in July in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


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