University of Virginia School of Nursing

Nurturing highly-effective teams

Educated in silos, nurses, physicians, pharmacists and others don’t often encounter one another during their coursework and rotations. Because of that, they often don’t have a full understanding of each profession’s distinct and important role. And in the many intense moments that pepper the EDs, hospital units and clinics in our American health care systems, even the best laid plans to operate as a functioning whole can fall apart.

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Darden Executive Education and UVA School of Nursing have partnered to establish a new six-month program, Leadership Partners in Healthcare Management, for physician-nurse pairs to hone their interprofessional teamwork and leadership skills. Two-person dyads are nominated by their organization's senior leaders to take part in the program, and once enrolled, meet every four weeks for our innovative Thursday-through-Saturday on-Grounds curriculum.

Classes are taught by UVA and Darden's best veteran nursing and business faculty. Our focus over the six-month program is to:

  • Cultivate a robust concept of roles, respect, professionalism and communication skills to increase clinical harmony
  • Amplify professional and personal resiliency
  • Reduce burnout, frustration and turnover
  • Improve the safety, quality and compassionate delivery of patient care

The bottom line improves as well, because better, more-coordinated care costs less and is more efficient.

LPHM faculty also develops custom programs for clients, including health systems, hospitals and interprofessional teams. Want to learn how they can help you? Contact us!

Topics & Schedule

The Leadership Partners in Healthcare Management program consists of seven two-day modules for nurse and physician leaders with courses that merge healthcare, business, financial and leadership topics. Threaded throughout each module will be focused topics on "managing oneself" and how to be more effective as an individual. In the final month, each nurse-physician team will complete and present a final scholarly project or culminating capstone which has been recommended and approved by their sponsoring organization. RN-MD pairs attend class once a month from Thursday afternoon to Saturday afternoon, attending lectures and workshops while studying, eating and sleeping on Darden's award-winning grounds.

Study Topics

  • Developing, leading and assessing interprofessional teams
  • Healthcare organizations and the history and concept of dyad leadership
  • Managing others, and managing oneself in the face of crisis, moral or ethical dilemmas
  • Budgeting and measuring performance
  • Aligning, designing and strategizing to creative on-unit innovations and real-time solutions
  • Improving quality and safety in real time

Program Schedule

  • Module 1 - Healthcare Organizations and Dyad Leadership
  • Module 2 - Developing and Leading Interprofessional Teams
  • Module 3 - Managing Others
  • Module 4 - Budgeting, Financing and Measuring Performance
  • Module 5 - Aligning, Designing and Strategizing
  • Module 6 - Improving Quality, Safety and the Patient Experience
  • Module 7 - Presentation of Capstone Projects

Nurse and physician leader pairs are nominated by senior leaders from health systems across the United States. The program currently accepts up to 15 pairs per cohort. If you're a training and development leader for a health system and wish to learn more about nominating potential physician/nurse pairs, please contact us.


School of Nursing Faculty

Ken White Kenneth R. White, PhD, AGACNP-BC, FACHE, FAAN
Associate Dean for Strategic Partnerships and Innovation, UVAMC Professor of Nursing

With joint appointments in McIntire, Darden and Medicine, Ken brings more than 40 years' experience in healthcare across clinical, administrative, governance, and consulting capacities. After 13 years with Mercy Health Services he pivoted into academia, first directing VCU's MHA and MSHA programs before becoming the Charles P. Cardwell, Jr., Professor of Health Administration and the first Sentara Healthcare Professor. He arrived at UVA mid-2013.

Ken is a registered nurse, a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the American College of Healthcare Executives, a palliative care nurse practitioner and a member of the UVA Medical Center's inpatient palliative care consultation team. A former Regent and member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Ken is a visiting professor at the LUISS Business School in Rome, and the Swiss School of Public Health in Lugano, Switzerland. His award-winning textbook The Well-Managed Healthcare Organization is now in its 8th edition.

Valentina Brashers Valentina Brashers, MD, FACP, FNAP Professor of Nursing, Woodard Clinical Scholar and Attending Physician in Internal Medicine

Brashers is the founder of UVA's Center for ASPIRE, which provides leadership and oversight to numerous interprofessional activities for students, clinicians, and faculty at all levels of training. Known for her service and scholarship in interprofessional education and collaborative care, Brashers served for many years as vice president of the National Academies of Practice where she received the Nicholas Cummings Award for Contributions to the Interprofessional Healthcare Field.

Co-principal investigator for numerous grants, Brashers is a consultant, editor, expert panel member, presenter, and workshop leader in many educational, clinical, and policy settings. Under her leadership, ASPIRE is one of three sites for the Macy-funded national IPE Train-The-Trainer Faculty Development Program and she also directs a HRSA-funded interprofessional patient safety and quality improvement curriculum for DNP students and medical residents.

Pam deGuzman Pamela B. DeGuzman, PhD, MBA, RN
Roberts Scholar, Fellow at UVA Center for Design and Health, Assistant Professor of Nursing

DeGuzman's research has focused on the effect of built environment in the health of vulnerable populations. She teaches in nursing administration, healthcare management, management communication and nursing research in clinical settings.

Rick Mayes B. Rick Mayes, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing

Former Medicaid policy advisor to the White House, an analyst for the AARP and a two-time University of Virginia alumnus (MA, PhD in political science), Mayes, PhD, completed his post-doctoral work at UC Berkeley's School of Public Health, has written for the New York Times, Health Affairs journal, the Journal of Health Politics, Policy & Law and the Journal of Health Law, among others. He is the author of Universal Coverage: The Elusive Quest for National Health Insurance (Michigan), Medicating Children (Harvard) and Medicare Prospective Payment and the Shaping of U.S. Health Care (Johns Hopkins) with Robert Berenson, M.D.

Darden Faculty


June West

West teaches first-year management communication in the MBA program at Darden and second-year electives in special topics in organizational communication. She is the co-director of the Partnership for Leaders in Healthcare Management and holds a clinical faculty appointment in the School of Nursing. Faculty liaison to the FBI National Academy, she directs Darden faculty teaching summer orientation program for the Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellows Program that places active-duty military officers in corporations for a one-year fellowship. She was instrumental in the creation of Darden/Curry's Partnership for Leaders in Education, serving as academic director.


Elliott N. Weiss
Oliver Wight Professor of Business Administration

Developer of the "Growing Great Managers" course, Weiss is an expert in operations and production management with extensive consulting experience for both manufacturing and service companies. He specializes in lean thinking and has presented and authored numerous articles and a book on this practice aimed at helping businesses reduce waste.


Michael Lenox
Samuel L. Slover Research Professor of Business; Associate Dean and Executive Director of the Batten Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Recognized a top strategy professor, Lenox has been widely published and cited - in academic journals as well as mainstream news media - for his expertise in innovation, business strategy and entrepreneurship. Founder and president of the Alliance for Research in Corporate Sustainability based at Darden, Lenox is a thought leader on the interface between business strategy and public policy as it relates to the natural environment.


Gregory B. Fairchild
E. Thayer Bigelow Associate Professor of Business Administration

Fairchild serves as an academic director for Darden's Institute for Business in Society (IBiS). He teaches strategic management, entrepreneurship and ethics in Darden's MBA and Executive Education programs. In 2012, Fairchild was named one of the Top Ten Business School Professors in the World by CNN/Fortune and one of the 50 Best Business School Professors by Poets & Quants. His work has been cited by Inc. Magazine, The Economist, National Public Radio (NPR), USA Today, The New York Times and The Washington Post, among others.


Michael J. Schill
Professor of Business Administration

Schill is a professor in Darden's finance area. His research spans empirical questions in corporate finance, investments and international finance, and he has been published in such major finance journals as the Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies and the Journal of Financial Economics. Schill's recent research investigates the post-deal returns of acquiring firms, asset-growth effects in stock returns, and gains to foreign stock exchange listing and foreign currency borrowing. He is the author of more than 30 case studies and technical notes and co-authored the case textbook Case Studies in Finance: Managing for Corporate Value Creation, published by McGraw-Hill/Irwin.

Location & Accommodations

Darden School of Business, Charlottesville, Virginia

As a participant, you'll stay in a private room at the Inn at Darden, our highly rated hotel adjacent to the classroom buildings and dining center. Accommodations are included in your tuition.

Tuition & Continuing Education Credits

University of Virginia School of Nursing Continuing Education is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

UVA School of Nursing Continuing Education awards 76 contact hours for nurses who participate in this educational activity and complete the post activity evaluation.

The University of Virginia School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Virginia School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 76 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Please contact us for more information regarding tuition for this program.