Katharine J. Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership Overview

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We promote the development of nursing leadership capacity through program offerings, coaching, consulting and organizational development services that enhance nurses’ knowledge, skills and abilities to navigate complexity and lead successfully in academic and health care organizations.

Our Mission

To improve health care worldwide, the Center’s mission, through its members and partnerships, is to:

  • Expand capacity for innovative leadership;
  • Generate and disseminate new models of care delivery;
  • Provide open forums and collaborate with stakeholders to advance nursing knowledge and solutions;
  • Promote the role of nursing, particularly through health care reform.

The Center fosters nursing leadership and promotes the nursing profession through its core values of: Leadership ~ Collaboration ~ Creativity ~ Diversity

    Our Vision

    The vision of the Densford Center is to be valued for advancing nurse leadership and for serving as a catalyst in creating new knowledge and partnerships to improve health care.

    The Densford Center promotes the development of nursing leadership capacity through program offerings, coaching, consulting and organizational development services that enhance nurses’ knowledge, skills and abilities to navigate complexity and lead successfully in academic and health care organizations. The Densford Center is a resource, catalyst, and incubator for creativity, innovation and quality improvement in health care. Programs and services of the center are organized to assist health care leaders in achieving the triple aim of improving the patient experience, improving the health of populations and reducing the per capita cost of health care. In addition, the Densford Center supports nurse leaders in effectively implementing the Affordable Care Act while driving toward innovation in nursing education, practice and research.

    Our areas of excellence

    A range of programs support the Center's mission, including:

    • Creation of new academic courses and certificates that include leadership and innovation scholarship at all levels of degree programs

    • International nursing conferences and community forums that examine pressing leadership and social issues through the eyes of leaders in the particular field

    • Partnerships with healthcare organizations and advocates to advance the role and science of nursing

    • Consultation and research in topics regarding leadership teams, quality and health interventions

    Overarching Strategic Goals

    • Convene and connect communities of practice, learning and research to create a desired 21st century health care future
    • Educate, coach and build the competency and confidence of nurse leaders to understand themselves, to motivate teams and to transfer nursing wisdom to the next generation of leaders
    • Inspire innovation in nursing education, practice and research through the application of complexity science and design thinking principles that influence systems transformation, and supports creativity and quality improvements in health care

    News

    Katharine J. Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership

    News from the Katharine J. Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership

    News from the Katharine J. Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership

    (March 2019) News from the Katharine J. Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership.

    As more baby boomers age, the need for quality end-of-life care – and people to provide it – continues to increase. This growing need also comes with the demand for quality training to prepare providers. To that end, nearly 900 people, including nurses, physicians, chaplains and bereavement counselors, will gather to learn how to best provide end-of-life care.