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The University of Arkansas (U of A) Eleanor Mann School of Nursing director, Susan Patton, has been selected to participate in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Wharton Executive Leadership Program.

According to, the four-day program is taught by faculty from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania who present relevant and timely content designed to advance chief academic administrators to a higher level of leadership. The program is open to deans and directors from AACN member schools who currently serve as the chief or associate chief nursing academic officer.

Patton holds a doctorate in community health promotion from U of A and is a licensed advanced practice registered nurse, a certified clinical nurse specialist, and a certified nurse educator. She was one of 30 nursing leaders selected to participate in the leadership program.

The program addressed issues relevant to nursing leaders including leading change, influencing a diverse set of stakeholders, and building relationships in volatile environments. Patton tells that the program equipped her on negotiation, leadership, and influencing skills, as well as introduced her to colleagues from 20 states and 30 nursing programs.

To learn more about the AACN’s Wharton Executive Leadership Program, visit here.

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