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USM Nursing Educator Morgan Chosen for Leadership Institute

Mon, 02/12/2024 - 09:15am | By: Van Arnold


Dr. Lisa Morgan, associate teaching professor and DNP Program coordinator at The University of 51 Mississippi (USM), has been selected to participate in the Mississippi Nurses Foundation Leadership Institute (NLI).

The NLI targets staff nurses, nurse managers, and nurse educators who desire to expand their knowledge of leadership and enhance their role as a leader. Participation in the institute requires participants to attend five leadership development sessions commencing in February and concluding in July.

“I am thrilled to work with nurse leaders across the state,” said Morgan, who joined the USM nursing faculty in 2018. “I never expected to be chosen, so this was an honored surprise.”

Fifteen nursing professionals were selected for the institute. Participants are scheduled to meet once a month when they will be divided into groups and required to complete a project. The winning project will be presented at the Mississippi Nurses Association’s annual convention in October. 

Morgan noted that her expectations from the NLI opportunity include strengthening her skills as a nurse educator.

“Gaining new leadership skills will enhance my ability to teach the DNP students at USM and broaden my opportunities for leadership within the University,” said Morgan.

Additionally, she explained that the benefits of attending the institute reach far beyond any personal gains.

“It is important to be included in a statewide program for nurse leaders to gain camaraderie and network with others in the profession,” said Morgan. “Advanced leadership in nursing will build foundations for our future generations.”

Morgan, a native of Woolmarket, Miss., earned an ADN in 1991 from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College; a BSN in 1995 from the University of South Alabama; an MSN Family Nurse Practitioner in 1999 from the University of South Alabama; a DNP in 2015 from USM and, a PGC Psychiatric Mental Health NP in 2021 from USM.

The DNP Program at USM is administered by the School of Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice and housed within the College of Nursing and Health Professions. To learn more, call 601.266.5527.