Nurse Leadership Institute for Nursing Practice and Education (NLI)

Program Overview

The Nurse Leadership Institute for Nursing Practice and Education (NLI) funded by the Nurse Support Program II is designed to build Maryland’s nursing leadership capacity. Coordinated and collaborative nursing leadership in practice and education is vital to transforming health care delivery models in Maryland and ultimately improving health care outcomes for Maryland residents. The NLI prepares nurse leaders in Maryland to assume a more active leadership role and contribute to the development and implementation of effective health care delivery models in Maryland. Applicants are selected from practice and academia. Applicants from Maryland schools of nursing, hospitals and other health care delivery systems who meet eligibility requirements are invited to apply. Applicants are required to have institutional support for participation in the program and to identify a mentor, preferably from their institution, who agrees to participate in the program.

NLI Fellow Experience video

NLI Mentor Experience video


NSP II funding is distributed to the University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Nursing to pay for applicant participation in the Nurse Leadership Institute. Participants attend a one-day orientation in September, a statewide regional meeting in Fall, a two-day residential, intensive leadership training workshop in January, and wrap-up ceremony in late July/early August. Mentors attend a one-day orientation in October, a half-day mentor training workshop, one conference call with Institute faculty and the final wrap-up.

Eligibility Requirements


• A registered nurse with graduate education preparation
• Registered nurse with a BSN and current enrollment in a graduate program and/or at least two years of leadership experience
• Employed by a Maryland school of nursing, Maryland hospital, or a Maryland health care service agency/practice
• Demonstrate leadership potential through their work and professional activities
• Have an active Maryland nursing license
• Provide documented support from their institution to participate in all NLI activities
• Provide documented commitment from a nurse mentor


• Employed by a Maryland school of nursing, Maryland hospital or a Maryland health care service agency/practice
• Demonstrated leadership in their field
• Able to provide 12-month commitment to applicant

Application Guidelines and more information: Leadership Development Program (LDP)

Application Deadline: June 5, 2020

Complete NLI Application online and include:

  • Signed Institution Support Form
  • Copy of Your Active Nursing License
  • Personal Narrative
  • Professional Vitae
  • Current Job Description
  • Proof of Registration in Graduate Program (for BSN applicants only)
  • Mentor Letter of Support
  • Mentor C.V.


No later than April 30: Call for application opens
June 5: Deadline for submitting completed application
July 15: Applicants notified of decision
July 25: Confirm acceptance
September 3: Official start of Leadership Development Program