Transform Nursing

Nurses Influential Leadership Lab

Developing Competencies in Social Justice, Cultural Humility, Diversity, and Inclusion


Nurses Influential Leadership LabDo you want to have a better grasp on how to be a transformational leader? Do you desire to be more conscious of diversity and inclusion strategies to enhance your leadership and management abilities? If you answered yes to these questions, then this course is for you!

Research shows that organizations are now realizing leadership training and leadership positions for nurses are very critical investments to the success of their foundation. The Nurses Influential Leadership Lab will ignite innovation, help you to consider high-level wellness for your organization and give you the tools to be a more inclusive leader. Learn how in this experiential, cutting-edge online course.

Offered through a special partnership between the National Wellness Institute and Transform Nursing, the Nurses Influential Leadership Lab is a comprehensive online Certificate course for nurses who want to build upon their leadership skills.

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Who is this Course for?

This course is for any nurse, from student to the high-level executive nurse. Influential and inclusive leadership training is necessary in nursing because nurses, as the largest group of healthcare professionals, are typically not adequately prepared in their professional training to handle issues of bias and address systems level barriers to reduce disparities in healthcare. Even seasoned leaders need new tools for addressing multicultural and multigenerational concerns in the workplace. Let the Nurses Influential Leadership Lab be your solution for all your leadership needs.

“I live and work in a predominately white community and wondered how I could make a positive impact when it comes to racial disparities and other inequities in healthcare. With the coursework, videos, guided introspection through the Influential Nurse Leadership Lab, I now see my role, locally and nationally, is to use my voice and privileges to raise awareness wherever I am. This program has volumes of invaluable material; you will return to it again and again and be glad you have these tools for change and influence.”

- Jackie Levin MS, RN, Board Certified Advance Practice Holistic/Integrative Nurse and Wellness Coach


“Nikki’s leadership lab is inspirational, transformational, and deeply grounded in evidence-based knowledge. Taking this integrative leadership course that weaves deep personal exploration, coaching and high-level academic resources gave me confidence in my ability to inclusively lead, use my voice, and be an advocate for patients across all walks of life, helping professionals, and an influencer of systems. I no longer feel small, powerless and overwhelmed by our healthcare environment. I am confident in my ability to create change.”

- Jayne Peterson, Board Certified Integrative Nurse Coach


Upcoming Course & Registration

Next Online Training: March 2 - May 17, 2020
Dates for three live discussions via Zoom: March 5, April 1, April 29 (Calls begin at 1 p.m. CT / 2 p.m. ET and will last approximately 30 minutes.)

To receive your certificate, you must successfully complete all 4 modules and related assignments as well as complete the post-course evaluation by the end of the 11-week course.

$699 for NWI Members | $399 for NWI Student Members | $799 for non-members  (Join NWI now to save!)

Includes access to online modules, assignments, discussion boards and live Zoom calls. To receive your certificate, you must successfully complete all 4 modules and related assignments as well as complete the post-course evaluation by the end of the 11-week course.

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*Early bird discount does not apply to NWI Student Member registrations.

NWI Event Cancellation Policy: Should you be unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome at no extra charge. A charge of 10% of the registration fee will be made for cancellations received in writing (or e-mailed with confirmation received) more than 15 business days prior to the start of the event. A charge of 50% of the registration fee will be assessed for cancellations received 15 or less business days prior to the start of the event. If you have any questions regarding your registration, email


Course Overview

By using pedagogies such as popular education, trauma-informed care and coaching this course brings to the forefront the critical exposure needed for nurses at any level of practice to become civically engaged in building health equity for all populations. It prepares nurses at all levels of training to be leaders, on the job and in the community by helping them to problem-solve through challenging issues and difficult conversations as it relates to closing the equity gap and becoming inclusive leaders. This course calls for a change in practice and approach from nurses in any organization so that they will be capable of developing practical competencies in social justice leadership and promoting health equity for all.

Online Course Format

The course consists of self-paced experiential learning via Transform Nursing's online learning platform, with opportunities for live group discussion through Zoom. Participants will have 11 weeks to complete the course to earn their Nurses Influential Leadership Certificate from Transform Nursing.

Course Modules

Modules 1 & 2: The focus here is on building greater self-awareness in your leadership style and integration of coaching & wellness techniques. We use appreciative inquiry to address self-limiting beliefs, nurse lateral violence and provide you with a step-by-step approach to think more as a nurse coach.

Modules 3 & 4: The focus in these modules is on organizational tools that sharpen your inclusive leadership skills in today’s multicultural and multigenerational workspaces. You will learn how to lead difficult conversations, the application of innovative leadership models and analyze the implications of unconscious bias on client-provider relationships.


>> Download a detailed course schedule for the Spring 2020 course.

Overall Course Goal

To teach nurses to be influential leaders by learning how social justice, cultural humility, diversity and inclusion shape the health and wellness of our patients.

Following completion of the certificate program, participants will be able to:
  1. Better communicate on health indicators such as race, class, gender and sexual disparities in patient populations.
  2. Create a culture of health and wellness in their workspaces.
  3. Cultivate leadership skills in working with others from a multicultural wellness approach by learning  to become aware of unconscious biases and their impact on patient outcomes.
  4. Develop confidence in addressing issues relating to health policy learning how to work from “where they are” and advocate for patients through active awareness-building.


Continuing Education Credit

Participants will receive 12 continuing education credits (CECs) for successful completion of this course. Proof of CECs earned will be emailed to participants who select their desired CEC type(s) on the post-course evaluation form.

Pending Approval

ANA: This course has been submitted for approval for 12 contact hours to the Maryland Nurses Association, an accredited provider by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


ACSM: The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that “National Wellness Institute” meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from (December 2018 – December 2021). Approved Providers and their content reflect the concepts of their respective organizations and do not necessarily represent the positions or policies of ACSM. Providership # 661228

ICF: Continuing education hours for this course may be used for the purpose of credential renewal in the area of Resource Development.

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NBHWC: The course is approved by NBHWC for 12 continuing education units (CEP #100094).


NCHEC (CHES®/MCHES®): National Wellness Institute is designated a provider of Category I continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This course is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive 12 Category I (advanced) CECH.


NWI CWP: This courses have been approved for continuing education credits by the National Wellness Institute for NWI Certified Wellness Practitioners (CWP).

General Attendance Continuing Education Certificate: Twelve (12) National Wellness Institute-verified contact hours for continuing education credit/certificate of participation are available for this course.


About the Course Creator & Facilitator

Nikki E. Akparewa, RN, MSN, MPH, BCC
Founder of Diversity and Inclusion Coach & Transform Nursing

Nikki is a nurse entrepreneur and the Founder of Diversity and Inclusion Coach. As a subject matter expert in healthcare systems, diversity and inclusion for over 10 years, Nikki’s vision is to coach leaders using transformational leadership strategies. Nikki is an expert speaker on promoting individual and organizational growth by teaching others how to navigate and embrace difficult conversations around high level business strategy that maximizes and recruits top talent. With a background in nursing, Nikki is particularly skilled at taking a person-centered approach to complex problems so that your organization can think, act and operate confidently as an inclusive organization. Also, she is one of few nurse experts offering an online accredited course for health care professionals focusing on social justice, diversity, cultural humility and influential leadership.