National Leadership Residency Program

Based upon the successful Wisconsin Leadership Residency, the RWHC National Rural Health Leadership Residency brings together new health care leaders to expedite the likelihood of success in the leadership role. New leaders in health care often come from the ranks- employees with good potential for leadership and management but with little training or support. Attract and retain your new leaders by investing in this residency program!

Hear from a CEO who regularly sends new leaders to the RWHC Leadership Residency program to find out why he sends them every year, and what is his return on their investment of time and money.


Broad Program Outcomes

The intended outcomes of the RWHC National Rural Health Leadership Virtual Residency Program include:

  • Transitioned successfully from individual contributor to competent supervisor/manager
  • Advanced critical thinking for leadership decision-making
  • Competency in giving feedback to improve performance of others
  • Commitment to life-long learning as a leader
  • Full engagement in the leadership role
  • Enhanced job satisfaction

Monthly Learning Sessions for one year – Every month in 2022, the second Wednesday of the month, leaders attend a virtual highly interactive and enriching learning session, with practical skill-building topics that can be applied immediately.

The session schedule is 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. CST.

Video Work between Sessions – Some of the topics will require approximately 30-60 minutes on
participants’ own time between classes to cover topic content.

Coaching Calls – Via Zoom with program facilitators, participants will have three scheduled calls throughout the year to get individual support and learn tips to address any unique challenges they
are facing.

Email List Serv – For “just in time” learning, networking and support between sessions.

Curriculum Structure – The learning session topics are organized according to:

  • Building capacity in the self
  • Building capacity as a member of a new team-your leadership peers
  • Building capacity as a professional and leader
  • Building capacity for leadership across the continuum and beyond

Themes that will run throughout the curriculum:

  • Critical thinking, decision making and prioritizing
  • Being a visionary
  • In the moment leadership
  • Defining what kind of leader you want to be
  • Personal and professional accountability

Target Audience: Novice leaders, supervisors, managers, directors, team leads, charge nurse, etc., with less than one year experience in a leadership role are the ideal candidate. The commitment is for the full year of the program.

Dates – 2nd Wednesday of each month in 2022:

  • Session 1: Wednesday, January 12, 2022
  • Session 2: Wednesday, February 9, 2022
  • Session 3: Wednesday, March 9, 2022
  • Session 4: Wednesday, April 13, 2022
  • Session 5: Wednesday, May 11, 2022
  • Session 6: Wednesday, June 8, 2022
  • Session 7: Wednesday, July 13, 2022
  • Session 8: Wednesday, August 10, 2022
  • Session 9: Wednesday, September 14, 2022
  • Session 10: Wednesday, October 12, 2022
  • Session 11: Wednesday, November 9, 2022 
  • Session 12: Wednesday, December 14, 2022

How to apply: Program facilitators will review all applications and send a residency acceptance
determination no later than November 15, 2021.

Application due date for current session: October 31, 2021.

Program Fee: The non-refundable program fee will be billed to the organization once
the application is accepted. If you should be unable to complete the program, your organization
may send a replacement person in your place.

 - RWHC Member: $2,375

 - Non-RWHC Member: $2,850

Current Planned Curriculum

Sessions 1 and 2
Building Capacity within the Self

“Know thyself first”

  • Welcome to the program! Overview, logistics, integration with your new
  • colleagues
  • Servant leadership
  • Personality assessment
  • Diversity awareness
  • Self-care and stress management
  • Time management
  • Transitioning from peer to “boss”
  • Managing the challenges of being a working manager
  • Identifying personal values

Sessions 3 and 4
Building Capacity
within the Self

“It’s all about communication”
  • Assertive communication
  • Preventing and managing conflict
  • Speaking in front of a group
  • Performance Management and Performance Reviews
  • Feedback and coaching skills-having the tough conversations
  • Negotiation skills
  • Managing projects
  • Dealing with bad behavior
  • The importance of debriefing

Sessions 5 and 6
Building Capacity as
a Team Member

“I can’t do this alone”
  • Leading a change
  • The five dysfunctions of a team
  • Delegating effectively
  • SMART goals
  • Collaborating
  • Getting results in your meetings
  • Behavior based interviewing, how to hire the right person

Sessions 7 and 8
Building Capacity as a
Professional Leader

“Walking my talk”
  • Differentiating management and leadership
  • Defining professionalism
  • Engaging your workforce
  • Creating a positive culture
  • Service excellence

  • Jo Anne Preston, MS, RWHC Workforce & Organizational Development Senior Manager,, 608-644-3261
  • Cella Janisch-Hartline, RN, BSN, PCC Certified Professional Coach, RWHC Nursing Leadership Senior Manager,, 608-644-3235
  • Erin Smital, RN, RWHC Nursing Professional Development Educator,, 608-643-1066