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  1. Wolf, Gail DNS, RN, FAAN
  2. Bradle, Judith BA
  3. Nelson, Gregory BA


The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) recognized the impending crisis-a vast nurse leader shortage, especially at the strategic level. UPMC's new development model establishes a dependable leadership pipeline. The model identifies high-potential individuals, verifies required competencies, assesses participants' strengths, and provides a didactic and experiential learning curriculum. Within 2 years, the program produced a 450% return on investment and evolved into the Health Care Leadership Academy, an open enrollment program for emerging, operational, and strategic leaders nationwide.