By Laura Lesley
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing alumna Sheila Melander, PhD, APRN, ACNP-BC, FCCM, FAANP, FAAN, is among 30 academic nursing leaders from across the nation selected to participate in the 2018 American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)-Wharton Executive Leadership program.
During the four-day program, held at the University of Pennsylvania from August 6-9, 2018, Wharton faculty presented relevant and timely content designed to advance academic administrators to a higher level of leadership.
Melander is the immediate past-president of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and is a nationally regarded expert on advanced practice adult-gerontological nursing. She is a fellow of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Academy of Nursing.
According to the AACN, the curriculum for the AACN-Wharton program is designed to provide necessary tools to enhance leadership capacity and hone the skills that are essential to thrive and move forward strategically. The content addresses issues around managing and leading change, influencing and galvanizing a diverse set of stakeholders and building enterprising relationships in highly volatile environments.
The program also imparts to participants an advanced set of negotiation, leadership and influencing skills, as well as the confidence and ability to serve on or lead high-powered boards.
Melander earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the UAB School of Nursing in 1990.