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Strengthening Your Leadership Presence and Management Practices 

School nurses play a vital role in ensuring the health and wellness of your entire school community. As a participant in the SHIELD Strengthening Your Leadership Presence and Management Practices course, you will develop competencies and strategies to expand your personal leadership and management skills, ensure equitable care, and advance student achievement and health.

SHIELD's Strengthening Your Leadership Presence and Management Practices is a 3-month cohort-based learning experience for experienced, new, and aspiring school nurse leaders. 


Key Features

  • Peer networking and expert mentoring
  • Opportunities for self-assessment and reflection  
  • Structured time for personal and professional development
  • Materials to support advanced DESE licensure **to be updated based on the brochure language**
  • Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) and Professional Development Point (PDP) credits are available 
  • Free book for enrollees

Curriculum Highlights 

  • Curated Learning Library 
  • Individual Development Plan (IDP) Toolkit
  • Case Studies that build on leadership fundamentals
  • Online Discussions


October 3 - December 18, 2023 (Detailed dates below)

Enrollment Cap at 30 Participants

Online | $$


Other Self-Paced Activities
Live Webinars

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Who should attend? (Select "Who should attend?" to open)

New or aspiring school nurse leaders.

Program Faculty & Leadership

imageSusan Franchi, DNP, FNP-C,RN

SHIELD Course Development and Nurse Training Specialist


Beverly Heinze-Lacey, MPH, BSN, RN

Director, BU SHIELD


Learn more about our faculty and leadership here. (new window)

Advisory Board

View our advisory board here. (new window)

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the program suitable for new school nurse leaders?


I am a school nurse outside of Massachusetts. Can I participate in this program?

We are currently only accepting school nurses working in Massachusetts.

Do I need to travel to Boston for any of these sessions?

No, the program is conducted online. There is one live webinar per month.

When will the live webinars take place?

The cohort course will take twice a year; in the fall and in the spring. 

The live webinars will occur virtually via Zoom for both sessions. The fall cohort course dates are below. 

Dates (Eastern Time):

  • October 3, 2023 (2:00 - 3:00 PM)
  • October 24, 2023 (2:00 - 4:30 PM)
  • November 14, 2023 (2:00 - 4:30 PM)
  • December 5, 2023 (2:00 - 4:30 PM)
  • December 18, 2023 (2:00 - 3:00 PM)

Stay tuned for Spring dates! 

What is the time commitment for participation in the program?

We estimate XX hours per week. 

Do I need to participate in the live webinars?

Yes. Full attendance of the program (including all of the live webinars) is required to receive your credits and certificate.

What payment methods are accepted?

We accept credit cards and purchase orders. Purchase orders can be requested at registration, select "shield invoice."

Are there scholarships available?

At the moment, we don't offer any scholarships. We are opening the program on a first-come, first-serve basis.

What does my enrollment give me access to? 

Enrollment includes access to a curated learning library and networking with other school nurses and mentors in the program. 

Does the program offer any education credits? 

Yes, the program will offer continuing nursing education (CNE) and Professional Development Point (PDP) credits.

Other questions?

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Accreditation Information

In support of improving patient care, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Nursing Contact Hours: XX contact hours, of which 0 are eligible for pharmacology credit.

SHIELD is a DESE-approved provider for PDPs. PDP certificates are issued for programs/series lasting 10 or more hours on a topic. CNE certificates are also issued for eligible courses. Learners may use CNE certificates toward PDPs.