• By 2024
    healthcare will be the largest employer
    in the nation
  • 75%
    of current nurse leaders are planning to retire by 2020
  • 500K
    healthcare job openings currently
    remain unfilled

Explore Online Education for Leadership Development

Rising Nurse Leader Pathway - Identify and develop nurse leaders to address future leadership needs

Many health care organizations struggle to maintain a consistent approach to leadership competency assessment and skill development that results in preparing the existing workforce for leadership.

Rising Nurse Leader Pathway begins with an assessment of a target population of nurses, their strengths and gaps are identified, followed by a recommended learning path. From there, organizations can pull from the library of nurse leadership development facilitator guides, to offer ongoing learning to further skills and confidence in their future leaders.

  • Identify your leadership participants using HealthStream’s Rising Leader Assessment and data visualization tools
  • Includes a library of 6 customizable nurse leadership development facilitator guides
  • Reduce costs associated with nurse turnover and selection and training of replacements
  • Next-generation data visualization tools including a 9-box planner and recommended courses
  • Designed for the full continuum of care, including acute care, post-acute care, physician offices, and pharmacies

Leadership Online Education

Partnering with top nursing associations, HealthStream offers evidence-based, clinical leadership development courses for preceptors, clinical staff, and nurse managers.

For Preceptors

  • AORN’s Preceptor Certificate Program (formerly named Preparing the Preceptor): The program is designed to prepare preceptors for their critical role in orienting new registered nurses to the perioperative environment.
  • AACN’s The Preceptor Challenge: In this innovative course, new preceptors interact with virtual preceptees, allowing them to learn in a safe environment and increasing their confidence level.

For Clinical Staff

  • AMSN’s Clinical Leadership Development Program: The 10-module program is designed to motivate and empower clinical nurses at the bedside to become leaders in their practice environment.

For Nurse Managers

  • HealthStream’s The Frontline Nurse Leader – A Charge Nurse Program: Based on CNML Competencies, this program can be used as a precursor to nurse manager education or as a stand-alone educational program for frontline nurse leaders not planning to move into management.
  • AACN’s Essentials of Nurse Manager Orientation (ENMO): This program sets the national standard for nurse manager training using a self-paced, engaging design that is suitable regardless of knowledge, motivation, computer experience, or technical access.

HealthStream Succession Management

High performance does not automatically imply high potential for future healthcare leadership. Organizations must steer the right employees toward leadership to build the expertise necessary to thrive amidst tomorrow’s challenges.  Using a validated, predictive leadership assessment model, the HealthStream Succession Management tool allows organizations to identify true future leaders by assessing against proven, healthcare-specific leadership competencies.


  • Uncover critical insights about leadership strengths and weaknesses and how to manage key individuals toward success in the organization
  • Identify those who can best lead the organization through future business challenges
Not only do facilities now face a huge number of retirements over the next 5 – 7 years that will cause staffing shortages, but they should also be concerned about the wealth of knowledge that will be walking out their doors.

—Susan Root, MSN, RN, CNOR and Manager, AORN

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