"Evaluating an Online Nursing Leadership Course"

Development of leadership capacities in the nursing workforce of the Americas is essential to achieving universal health in the region. The objective of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of an online leadership course offered in English and Spanish to nurses throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. An online, asynchronous eight module leadership nursing course was created and offered via the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Virtual Campus. A retrospective, descriptive design was used to evaluate learner performance data from the modules. Learner performance on the course was analyzed. Electronic surveys were distributed to individuals who withdrew prior to course completion to obtain information regarding the reason for withdrawal. Continuing education about leadership is desired in nursing across Latin America and the Caribbean. Online education through the PAHO Virtual Campus may be a low-cost yet powerful means of disseminating knowledge to the nursing workforce throughout the Americas. A manuscript of this study is currently under review.