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Leadership Skills Development Program

The goal of the Leadership Skills Development Program is to provide leadership skills to aspiring, emerging, and current frontline pediatric nurse leaders. Participants will participate in a series of online courses to strengthen their leadership skills and enhance their ability to perform in their workplace. Annual cohorts have a minimum of 7 people and a maximum of 13 people. Throughout the duration of the program, participants will select and develop a leadership project under the guidance of a championing leader within their organization. Upon completion, a certificate of completion and 7 + NCPD contact hours will be awarded.

Target Audience

The target audience of the SPN Leadership Skills Development Program includes aspiring, emerging, and current frontline pediatric nurse leaders with leadership experience between 0-5 years. Inquiring participants should be interested in enhancing their leadership skills in the following ways:

  • Demonstrating leadership skills in their practice by integrating new skills or strategies.
  • Integrating new experiences into their professional and leadership development.
  • Encouraging diversity in leadership roles.


  • Program Lead – Tina Spagnola, MSN, RN, NE-BC, NPD-BC – SPN Director of Programs
  • Various subject matter experts according to topic

Program outline

The 2024 session series began in January and activities will wrap up for this year's participants in December 2024. The following items are expected or required of eligible participants:

  • Interactive 12-month course with seven, 60-minute live sessions focused on:
    • Developing Self-leadership 
    • Change Management
    • Developing Financial Acumen 
    • Communication
    • Leading Effective Teams
    • Emotional Intelligence
    • Just Culture 
  • Required access to video and microphone computer access to fully participate in Zoom meetings/interactive webinars
  • Participants must complete pre-work which may consist of the following:
    • Pre-reading 
    • SPN Leadership Podcasts
    • Additional assignments as determined by the subject matter expert
  • Expected participation in live interactive webinars, adherence to the timeline, and engagement with the program leader to fully complete the program.
    • Pre-work is to be completed before the live session
    • Live session attendance is required to fully benefit from the program and receive contact hours
  • Completion of project showcased at SPN’s Annual Conference via poster presentation

Program Cost

The 2025 SPN Leadership Skills Program call for participants survey will open this winter. 2024 program fees are listed below:

SPN Member Price: $250
Non-Member Price: $325

Measurement of success

  • Pre- and post-leadership skills self-assessment
  • Pre- and post-assessment of the learner by a leader in their organization
  • Follow-up survey regarding leadership opportunities
  • Project/goal achievement
  • Certificate of completion