The participating nursing associations "hear from members that they want information on career development," Carol Barber, NHCN's managing director, who will be moderating each of the monthly webinars, tells me.
The webinars will feature nursing leaders who will discuss topics ranging from how the healthcare mandate will affect nurses, to advancing nurse education, to how nurses can effectively advocate for themselves at work and improve their work environment.
For example, Barber points to one of the webinars called "How to become a rainmaker," which aims to help nurses learn how to work with nurse leaders about their concerns at work. Instead of simply griping to coworkers around the water cooler, it will advise nurses to voice their concerns to managers in constructive ways.
For example, Barber says after a nurse identifies a problem, he or she shouldn't simply "dump it on your manager's doorstep." Instead of simply pointing out the problem and walking away, nurses should "own it" and proactively offer solutions. Barber says that nurses might offer to lead a task force to tackle the issue or provide some background information or research about the subject to support their case.