Christine D'Antonio Chosen by the National League for Nursing for LEAD, a Highly Selective Program of the NLN Leadership Institute

Christine D'Antonio, MSN, RN, Instructor and Director of Clinical Immersion BSN Program at Duquesne University, has been selected through a competitive application process for the National League for Nursing's year-long LEAD program, one of three tracks in the NLN Leadership Institute, an initiative of the NLN Center for Transformational Leadership under the direction of Janice Brewington, PhD, RN, FAAN. Now in its 10th year, LEAD is designed for nurses in education and practice who have recently been challenged with rapid transition into leadership positions, those in leadership positions who desire a formal leadership program, and those emerging and aspiring to lead.

The 2021 NLN LEAD cohort is a group of 22 nurse educators and practice leaders chosen from colleges, universities and health care institutions. This program requires a significant time commitment for an entire calendar year. Participants identify personal and professional goals; learn about what makes an effective leader; and strategize how to re-tool skill sets and experiences to achieve individual benchmarks. To that end, everyone receives intensive one-on-one executive coaching, in addition to attending online and live group coaching sessions, retreats, and webinars, where they study leadership theory and development that includes case study review.

To kick off the program, all 2021 NLN LEAD participants will attend a virtual orientation session on February 8-9. In addition to the planned series of virtual interfaces, the group will next convene in a live setting at the 2021 Intensive LEAD Retreat, July 11-14 in Washington, D.C., and later attend the 2021 NLN Education Summit: Leading and Teaching Beyond Resilience, September 23-25 at National Harbor near Washington, D.C.

"This year, more than ever, has made abundantly clear the importance of having health care leaders prepared to handle unanticipated and intense crises and challenges," said NLN Chair Dr. Patricia S. Yoder-Wise, RN, EdD, NEA-BC, ANEF, FAONL, FAAN, Professor and Dean Emerita at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and president of The Wise Group. "As the most trusted profession in health care, nursing is critical to securing the success of health care strategies and systems of delivery under the direst of circumstances. The 2021 LEAD participants will be distinctly positioned to guide current and future nurses in fulfilling their responsibilities on the health care team."

woman smiling at camera, blurry trees in background"Duquesne University is very proud of Professor Christine D'Antonio, who has been accepted into the prestigious National League for Nursing (NLN) Leadership Institute, designed for emerging leaders who have had a rapid transition into leadership positions," said School of Nursing Dean Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow. "Professor D'Antonio will serve as the Director of the new Clinical Immersion Program and will benefit from this experiential leadership program."

Christine D'Antonio joined Duquesne University in 2018 as an adjunct instructor teaching in clinical and simulation settings, as well as in the classroom. Since then, she has become a full-time instructor and the director of the Clinical Immersion BSN program, which is a new program that will provide undergraduate nursing students with a for-credit clinical placement at a Pittsburgh-area facility.

D'Antonio received her BSN from Gannon University in 2009 and her Master's Degree in Nursing Education from Chatham University in 2011. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Epsilon Phi Chapter as well as the Association for Nursing Professional Development.

NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, said, "With COVID-19 still raging and the vaccine rollout just getting underway, the National League for Nursing was nevertheless determined to hold the LEAD program in 2021, despite the challenges of beginning the year virtually. The League is proud to be in the forefront of tackling our public health crisis through multiple endeavors, of which LEAD is one, to support excellence in nursing and nursing education. We are excited to launch into the year's programming with such an eager and qualified group of participants."

For more information about LEAD and other Leadership Institute programs within the NLN Center for Transformational Leadership, please contact Dr. Janice Brewington at


About the National League for Nursing: Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. The NLN offers professional development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 40,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members, comprising nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education and health care organizations. Learn more at

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