University of North Carolina Wilmington
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Swain Center for Executive Education

Leadership Essentials for Nurses

Fully Online Course

Coming Fall 2020!

Download the Course Brochure


Course fee includes:

  • Course materials and readings
  • 15 CNEs through the South East Area Health Education Center
    • SEAHEC is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
      Total number of Nursing Contact Hours: 15 (No Partial Credit will be given.)


UNCW Faculty / Staff / Students / Alum receive a 10% discount. Choose the appropriate rate when registering for Swain programs online. If you are a UNCW member, use the Promo Code "SEAHAWK" to register online and initiate your organization with an IDI (internal Invoice). You can not pay with a UNCW Purchasing Card.

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

Seven experts from business, nursing, and healthcare will facilitate the program:

Drs. Don Barnes, Guarav Gupta, Jessica Magnus, Doug Miller, and Ethan Watson; and Ms. Barb Biehner and  Dr. Lorie Sigmon.