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The Nebraska Hospital Association Leadership Institute’s mission is to advance the effectiveness of hospitals by providing a quality environment of professional development and support for health care leaders. Coursework focuses on the unique challenges and organizational management techniques facing hospitals. Each year, approximately 40 health care professionals from across Nebraska come together for a 10-month program designed to instruct, inspire and invigorate. Participants establish peer-to-peer connections and lifelong bonds with classmates and faculty.

The NHA Leadership Institute provides up-and-coming leaders within your hospital the necessary skills to become exceptional leaders and puts them on the path to senior management positions. It is important for current CEOs to develop the leadership pipeline to ensure effective succession planning while enhancing employees’ contributions to your organizations.

This initiative includes a comprehensive curriculum, combining core leadership competency working sessions and multiple layers of applied practice in health care. Participants in the NHA Leadership Institute will improve their leadership skills and enhance their effectiveness in the health care field while preserving the care and compassion critical to quality health care delivery.  

The NHA Leadership Institute is proud to have more than 450 graduates from across the state of Nebraska.

Program Components

Individuals who complete the NHA Leadership Institute will benefit from a variety of specialized participant components including:

360° Assessment

Participants will identify their own set of leadership competencies and then develop their own 360° assessment. This assessment provides participants with a clear perspective on their strengths and areas of improvement related to leading and managing in a hospital setting. Participants will have two private, one-on-one coaching sessions to discuss the results of their 360° assessment with a certified executive coach from Bellevue University.

Executive Leadership Coaching

One-on-one executive coaching from a Leadership Institute faculty member. The coach will work with each participant to develop a detailed action plan. Each participant will have two individual coaching sessions—one at the beginning of the program and one at the end.

Core Courses

The NHA Leadership Institute has 10 core courses that are designed to build upon each other. Participants complete these required courses throughout the 10-month program, building camaraderie with classmates.

Online Courses

A series of online courses are available to all LI participants at any time throughout the 10-month program. These innovative leadership courses are based on the highly acclaimed book, The Organizational Champion, by Mike Thompson.


The NHA Leadership Institute is proud to offer in–depth courses and expert faculty to keep your organization moving with the current health care industry trends. Both academic and practical instruction help students implement cutting edge ideas and best practices into their organizations immediately. Leadership Institute curriculum is aligned with management and leadership concepts, allowing you to reach all of your career goals.

Professional Faculty

Institute participants will always have expert faculty to guide them through the program. Knowledgeable instructors from Bellevue University are ready to steer you to professional success and engage you on the pressing issues your hospital encounters. These experts are drawn from diverse departments of the University including management, leadership development, business administration and health care administration.

Hospital Tours

Hospital tours are provided at sessions which are being held in health care facilities. Institute participants are allowed to participate in tours of these facilities and various departments. The tours provide participants the opportunity to explore different sectors and departments of another hospital and share their experiences with co-workers back home.