Enhanced Leadership Development Academy for RNs, NHAs and social workers in long-term care

A professional development certificate program offered by the University of Missouri

Note: Beginning in Spring/Summer 2018, we are pleased and excited to offer the ELDA in a mostly online format. You will receive more information on this as it is available. If you have questions about the ELDA in the meantime, please visit our our contact page to submit them.

Join us for the MU Leadership Development Academy for Nurse Leaders and Nursing Home Administrators in long-term care. We know that long-term care can be challenging, but the academy will help you better manage daily crises and get the most out of your employees, all while earning over 50 hours of CE credit.

The academy has been proven to increase leadership skills and improve confidence, which will help to create a working environment that encourages teamwork and quality improvement. Enroll with your RN colleague for the best group-learning and team-building experience. Don’t miss out on this final opportunity to challenge yourself, grow in your leadership and network with your peers.


A professional development certificate program for RNs, NHAs and Social Workers using a proven curriculum to improve leadership behaviors with a combination of face to face meetings and two webinars. Offered over 7 months, it features an innovative and evidence-based curriculum with a strong focus on application to practice and peer consultation.

Target audience

RNs (do not have to be a DoN), NHAs and Social Workers (please note Social Workers must have a degree). We highly encourage the RN-NHA leadership team to enroll together to foster the team's ability to make sustainable improvement in their organization. However, individual enrollment is accepted.


  • Networking and professional recognition with CE Credit for $10 per contact/clock hour.
  • Graduates are recognized by LTC stakeholders, potential employers, and colleagues. 
  • Show Me PIPS and Best Practices - Share your organization's success with others during the final day of the program. Go on to be featured by other LTC stakeholder groups as a leader in Missouri.
  • The LPI-evidence-based leadership assessment instrument and professional development planning package with one on one consultation.

Proven outcomes

  • Measurable improvement in falls, staff retention, communication, incontinence, re-hospitalization, and more.
  • 100 percent retention rate of graduates up to 18 months after completion of the program.
  • Significant increase in confidence to lead.
  • Significant increase in leadership behaviors.
  • Enriched and expanded peer networks.
  • A total of 312 participants have enrolled in the ELDA from close to 220 nursing homes.