SON clinical associate professor Meg Zomorodi, RN, CNL, PhD, was chosen to participate in the 2012-13 Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy. By pairing new nurse educators with mentors and NFLA expert faculty members, this 20-month intensive program seeks to develop leadership skills in new nurse faculty. Dr. Zomorodi will work with Dr. Judith Halstead, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, from the Indiana University School of Nursing to enhance her leadership capabilities and SON’s Clinical Nurse Leader curriculum.
Dr. Zomorodi chose Dr. Halstead as her mentor because of her expertise in online education. The two will work together to develop ideas for an innovative, engaging online CNL program and revise two core CNL courses. They will receive additional guidance from Dr. Carol Winters of East Carolina University.
“I was so surprised by the first meeting and the wealth of knowledge that was in the room,” Dr. Zomorodi said. “It was in the first 5 minutes of meeting my mentor that I knew I had made the right decision.”
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International’s Leadership Institute developed the NFLA with a grant from the Elsevier Foundation. The academy promotes faculty retention and high performing, supportive work environments through a challenging learning experience that gives new nurse educators the leadership skills necessary for their transition into the faculty role. The Academy chose 16 fellows from all over the nation to participate in its 2012-13 program.
By participating in the program, Dr. Zomorodi will gain unbiased perspectives from schools that face similar challenges, giving her valuable insight into leadership and course curriculum development. Dr. Zomorodi believes that her participation in the program will benefit not only her but the School as a whole.
“It is an opportunity for us to be seen on the national level and I know I will be provided with many ideas that I will share with the faculty,” she said. “It’s also an opportunity for us to build up the CNL program which will benefit our students, faculty, and the surrounding hospitals who are interested in the role.”