University of North Carolina Wilmington
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Swain Center: Executive Education and Economic Development

Leadership Essentials for Nurses


Fully Online Course

In partnership with: Southeast Area Health Education Center, UNCW Cameron School of Business, College of Health & Human Services, and School of Nursing

Download the Course Brochure

$499 Course fee includes:

  • Course materials and readings
  • 15 NCPD (Nursing) Credit Hours provided through the South East Area Health Education Center
    • Southeast Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC) is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
    • No Partial Credit will be given.


UNCW Faculty/Staff/Students/Alum receive a 25% discount. Email providing your name and desired course and departmental fund to charge to initiate billing to your department with an IDI (internal Invoice). You can not pay with a UNCW Purchasing Card.

Active military members, veterans and spouses receive a 25% discount off of the course fee! Email directly for the discount code.

The course is completed in 5 weeks, with 3 hours devoted to course activities each week.

Week 1
Module 1: Welcome & Introduction to Healthcare Management
Module 2: Leadership & Emotional Intelligence

Week 2
Module 3: Human Resource Management
Module 4: Effective Teams, Mindfulness & Conflict Management

Week 3
Module 5: Accounting Essentials
Module 6: Healthcare Revenue & Delivery Models

Week 4
Module 7: Quality Improvement: Employee & Patient Satisfaction
Module 8: Improving Operations

Week 5
Module 9: Ethical, Legal & Regulatory Issues
Module 10: Creating Change

Fully Online


This online program provides leadership essentials for new and aspiring nurse leaders to take on jobs such as Nurse Manager, Administrative Coordinator, and Coordinator through an excellent e-learning experience. Participants go through the 10 modules in a cohort over five weeks. You need to devote three hours a week to the course. 

Check out this intro video from the course to learn more:

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • identify 3-5 leadership concepts in healthcare leadership
  • demonstrate improved skills in managing self and others
  • analyze organizational checks and balances in healthcare

This interactive leadership development experience will engage participants in videos, online discussions, and self-assessments. Highlights include participating in a course-long case study on fictional Swain Hospital located in a rural part of Southeastern NC. Learn from nursing professionals as well as business leaders who can provide insight to the innerworkings of the industry. Correspond and interact with nursing peers during the online 5-week course.

This program is designed for:

  • new nurse leaders
  • nurses who aspire to be front line managers
  • nurses in rural healthcare settings

"The course has helped me improve and have more confidence in my leadership role. I knew that having a relationship with every individual was important and this course reassured me that having that trusting relationship is essential to their performance and overall well-being."

"I enjoyed the course and thought it was good content. The material was an excellent broad overview of the challenges nurse leaders face."

Experts from business, nursing, and healthcare will facilitate the program:

Dr. Don Barnes, Guarav Gupta, Jessica Magnus, Douglas Miller, Ethan Watson, Barb Biehner and Dr. Lorie Sigmon.