Mentoring – A reciprocal learning relationship in which mentors and mentees enter a partnership where they work collaboratively towards achieving goals that will develop a mentee’s skills, abilities, knowledge, and thinking.
Wellbeing – The optimal state of health influenced by thoughts, emotions, actions, and experiences. The purpose of the WellBeing Pillar is to facilitate an awareness of one’s wellbeing and provide tools to support the wellbeing of others in everyday living. One examines the pillars of Martin Seligman’s PERMAH (Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, Accomplishment, and Health) model.
Community – To improve patient outcomes and partnerships (patient, family, community, and others) by developing multidisciplinary (local/regional/state) relationships to enhance access, resources, and equity and reduce health disparities.
Culture of Quality & Safety – A safety culture is the values, beliefs, norms, and behaviors supported, expected, accepted, and rewarded by the healthcare team and organization. Quality Improvement is the degree to which health care services for the family unit and their communities optimize outcomes systematically and continuously by combining science and caring.
Strategy – The process of strategic planning is programmable, systematic, rational, and holistic. Strategic planning integrates the short, medium, and long term, allowing the healthcare organization to focus on relevant and lasting transformations for the future. The organizational level at which the strategic planning process is appropriate depends on the unit’s size, complexity, and the differentiation of the service provided.
Operations – Develop operational expertise and knowledge in targeted areas such as Budget, Finance, project management, and elevating the human experience at work.
In addition to the six educational pillars, the certification program recognizes and places emphasis on the importance of Authenticity and Equity. Nurse leaders must be authentic and work to create an environment of equity to better the experience for their staff and patients, as well as themselves.