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Sioux Valley Nurses Honored by Nursing Leadership Academy

Sioux Valley Health System is being honored by the Washington, DC based Advisory Board Company for its outstanding participation in the Nursing Leadership Academy.

Sioux Valley Health System is being honored by the Washington, DC based Advisory Board Company for its outstanding participation in the Nursing Leadership Academy. The Nursing Leadership Academy serves CNOs, VPs of Patient Care, Nurse Managers, and other members of the nation's leading medical centers with the purpose of building the leadership rank in American nursing. Through the development of a shared national-standard curriculum, teaching materials, assessment tools, faculty and faculty training, the Nursing Leadership Academy supports a robust program for developing nursing leaders.

Recently, the Advisory Board Company recognized Sioux Valley’s NLA as the Best Practice out of 620 health care organizations that participate in the Academy’s program.

Over 120 nurse leaders from the Sioux Valley Health System have participated in the SVNLA. Participants come from Sioux Valley Hospital USD Medical Center, Sioux Valley Clinic, and Sioux Valley Regional Health Services.

The Advisory Board chose to highlight the Sioux Valley Nursing Leadership Academy because of Sioux Valley’s implementation of the Board’s program and Sioux Valley’s successful outcomes. Because of Sioux Valley’s participation in the NLA, nurse manager turnover at 23 rural hospitals and multiple long-term care facilities decreased significantly between 2001 and 2005. Senior nursing leaders also note significant improvement in organizational alignment across management ranks.

"The Sioux Valley Nursing Leadership Academy was recently recognized by The Advisory Board Company as the Best Practice in the nation for implementation and outstanding outcomes for the three years since inception of the SVNLA," said Linda Bunkers, Vice President of Patient Services for Sioux Valley Regional Health. "This recognition pays tribute to the quality of nursing leadership within the Sioux Valley system. We have a very dynamic and valued partnership with the Advisory Board faculty…..again a tribute to our nurse leaders."