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East Carolina Consortium for Nursing Leadership (ECCNL)

The East Carolina Consortium for Nursing Leadership, housed in the East Carolina University College of Nursing, is the first nursing leadership consortium ever created in North Carolina. Our mission is to mobilize nurses to be influential leaders in creating healthier communities by offering them access to recognition programs, resources and research initiatives. We are committed to leadership that is innovative, patient-centered and collaborative.

Academically, the consortium continually works to ensure that students pursuing any level nursing degree at ECU have the option to earnestly advance their leadership skills. Bachelor of science in nursing students have the opportunity to participate in leadership development programming that expands their leadership competencies, and we've incorporated the National Student Nurses' Association Leadership U into our curriculum. Master of science in nursing, post-master's, and doctor of nursing practice students have the option of concentrating specifically on leadership.

Additional ECCNL programming includes continuing education courses, coaching, and research that is working to understand, for example, how nurse leaders in small hospitals implement patient safety and research based nursing practice. For more information on our services, visit our "Resources" page.

Each of our programs are developed with these goals in mind:

Leadership to Serve

  • Provide vehicles for communication and exchange among stakeholders, interprofessional partners, nurse leaders, educators and students
  • Foster innovations that assure nursing workforce capacity and competency
  • Promote social justice and ethical decision-making in nursing care delivery
  • Develop initiatives to explore unique nursing leadership functions and needs
  • Partner with nurses to implement action research that promotes the well-being of health systems


  • Develop influencing and collaborating skills in nurses, nursing students, and interprofessional partners
  • Support formal educational advancement of nurses and leaders
  • Educate the public on the role nurses play in patient safety and the health care system

The Dr. Elaine Scott Leader Lectureship

To honor ECCNL's founding director for her leadership, vision and commitment, we have created the Dr. Elaine Scott Leader Lectureship. You can help fund this lectureship by visiting to give. Please make a note in the online form that your gift supports this lectureship.

Fall 2017 Dr. Elaine Scott Lecture
Please join us for this year's (2nd annual!) lecture with Dr. Ernest J. Grant on October 19, 2017. Dr. Grant is the current vice president of the American Nurses Association (ANA). We welcome Dr. Grant as he speaks to us about "Fanning the Flames of Leadership". Please use the links below to download Dr. Grants bio sketch, the time and location details for the event, and the link with which you can register to attend. We're looking forward to seeing you there!

Emerging Leaders Live Webinar Series
The East Carolina Consortium for Nursing Leadership (ECCNL) Emerging Leaders live webinar series is sponsored by the CON and offered through AHEC. The six webinars are designed to advance the leadership capacity and competence of nurses serving in leadership roles. Health care organizations and individuals can subscribe to the monthly series.  Participants will develop leadership strategies needed to lead and influence positive changes in health care. This innovative project is an example of the East Carolina Consortium for Nursing Leadership (ECCNL) ongoing commitment to mobilize nurses to be influential leaders in promoting healthier communities. Please download the brochure for more information.