Phoenix Center to host 'Nurse Leadership' workshops

SUNY Oswego’s Division of Extended Learning will offer a two-day “Nurse Leadership” workshop at its Phoenix Center on consecutive Thursdays, May 7 and 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“This workshop sets a positive tone for understanding the important role of leadership in the nursing profession,” said event co-instructor Donna Besaw of Oswego’s Division of Extended Learning. “Designed to enhance essential leadership skills for nurses, presentations along with interactive exercises will support critical thinking and problem-solving for some of the key challenges of being a leader in our organizations.”

Nurses will improve their leadership skills by developing individual learning plans allowing for continuous self-assessment and understanding of one’s individual ability to develop those skills, Besaw added.

Lead instructor Virginia Jones is a 1999 nursing school graduate and recently earned an master’s in nursing education at Le Moyne College. She is currently employed as the clinical nurse specialist for the emergency department, cardio, EP, stress and echo labs at St. Joseph Hospital. 

Besaw holds a master’s degree in adult education. She has provided learning opportunities for more than 25 years in varied subject areas, with a focus on helping the adult learner succeed.

The SUNY Oswego Phoenix Center is dedicated to partnering with business, government and non-profit organizations to develop and deliver customized employee training based on current and future business needs. Its mission, “Your Success Is Our Business,” focuses on bottom-line results. 

For questions and registration information, call 934-4900, e-mail or visit

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CONTACT: Donna Besaw, 934-4900

(Posted: Mar 31, 2009)