Date of Award

January 2021

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Yale University School of Nursing

First Advisor

Joan Kearney


As the care of health shifts to a more decentralized model of care, it essential that the role of nursing facilitates new paths to meeting patients and communities where they are in the context of their lives, forging new partnerships outside of the traditional health care setting, and focusing on advocating for collective upstream solutions (Pittman, 2020). However, this shift requires a set of skills that are not a focus of current nurse leadership training. These are Soft Leadership Skills: networking, communication, teamwork, and innovation/creativity, but not in the traditional sense of the terms (Rao, 2017). The goal of this project was to introduce these concepts through an immersive, web-based program to a group of aspiring nurse leaders at the Organization of Nurse Leaders, New Jersey. The participants were given a brief pre-survey, a 12-minute web-based program, and a brief post-survey offered over the span of 5 weeks. Participant’s demographics, knowledge on the topic, interest in learning more and the program’s value proposition were assessed. Overall, the program was well received, with an increase in knowledge on Soft Leadership Skills from participation in the program, increased importance of utilization in current practice, and an increased interest to learn more on the topic. This data supports the need for future work focusing on a broader demographic of nurses and further trainings on Soft Leadership Skills for nurses to lead the future of health care.


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