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Introduction to Leadership

Leadership Education for RPNs and other health care professionals

Overview: The Leadership Course has been developed and will be available for RPNs and other healthcare professionals through the new RPNAO online e-learning system. The course is designed to provide learners with education and tools to support leadership development.

Registration information: Registration for the September 8, 2014 Introduction to Leadership Course will open Summer 2014. Please email or call us at (905) 602-4662 or toll free 1-877-602-4664 (extension 245) or for additional information.

Secure online registration is available here for: RPNAO MEMBER.

Secure online registration is available here for: NON-MEMBER.

Program Length and Delivery: The program is an eight week eLearning course. The next program will be offered in September 2014. Start date (Week One) September 8, 2014 and ending (Week Eight) October 27, 2014. Registration will open Summer 2014 for the September program.

Prerequisites: Participants must have access to a computer and basic computer skills to participate in the electronic class discussions.

Course Description: Critical examination of leadership in nursing, system structure, policy making process and change management to increase leadership at the individual RPN level. Leadership theories and the role of nurses in the health care system are examined, focusing on the role of the practical nurse.

Topic Content
  • Leadership models
  • Leadership and power
  • Leadership styles
  • Leading without authority  - followership
  • Leadership versus management
  • Basics of effective communications
  • Barriers to communications
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Active listening
  • Feedback
Problem Solving
  • Basic steps to problem solving
  • Team problem solving
  • The leader as a problem solver
  • Critical thinking
Coaching and Mentoring
  • The RPN as coach
  • The coach as counselor
  • Mentoring
  • Leaders as learners
Team Building
  • Goal setting
  • Team leadership
  • Facilitation, mediation, negotiation
  • Maslow’s hierarchy of needs
  • Herzberg and motivation
  • The expectancy theory
  • Principles of motivation
  • Self actualization in the team
Leadership Leadership
  • Leadership and diversity
  • Leadership and change
  • Leadership and the organization
Personal Leadership
  • Ethics
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Leadership traits
  • Positive and negative leaders
  • Leadership checklist


Facilitation: This course will be facilitated by Annette Weeres RN BScN MN. Annette has over 30 years of nursing experience and leadership knowledge through her roles in acute care, remote nursing, provincial working group, part-time/sessional faculty at Seneca College, and staff at RPNAO. Annette brings experience in facilitation from her education and nursing leadership experiences to this course.

Course Cost:

  1. RPNAO Members      $275.00 + HST = $310.75
  2. Non-Members              $357.50 + HST = $403.98
This course is limited to 25 participants; registration is available on a first come first serve basis, however a waitlist will be available with notification provided to interested registrants.
For difficulties or inability to register electronically please contact Annette Weeres for assistance.
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