This study aims to determine whether participation in the Nursing
Leadership Perspectives Program produced a change in leadership
skills, increased professional activities, leadership promotion, and
retention rates of participants.
The participants in this study included 15 registered nurses who participated in the Nursing Leadership Perspectives Program (NLPP) at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Participants completed the Leadership Practices Inventory and Nursing Activity Scale (NAS; Kelly, 2001) at the beginning and end of the program and six months after the conclusion of the program.
Participants reported statistically significant changes in their leadership skills after being in the program on the LPI (p < .007) and changes in professional behavior were also statistically significant as rated by the NAS (p < .001). The promotion rate within the organization for NLPP participants was 20 percent compared with 0.3 percent in the general staff nurse population; and all participants remain employed at Mayo Clinic demonstrating a 100 percent retention rate. Participants described an increase in their leadership responsibilities on unit and departmental committees, workgroups, and councils.