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Center for Nursing Leadership

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Annual Leadership Summit


Cooperative Conference Center 

169 Laurelhurst Ave

Columbia, SC 29210 


The Center for Nursing Leadership's Annual Leadership Summit is held annually, and features state and national speakers discussing current and emerging issues in leadership, nursing, and healthcare. The Summit is a full day conference and includes a graduation and awards ceremony and leadership presentations by the Graduating class of the Amy V. Cockcroft Leadership Fellowship.

The Annual Summit is a full day conference for all nurses: CNOs, Nurse Managers, Deans and Directors, Staff Nurses, Health Educators, Students, and Aspiring Leaders. The Summit includes networking time with colleagues.

Continuing Education: Contact hours awarded

 *Learn More about the Amy V. Cockcroft Leadership Fellowship 


Other CNL Events

 Viana McCown Lectureship

Viana McCown was appointed director of nursing at Columbia Hospital and advocated for the advancement of nursing in a four-year program. McCown conducted classes around the state to recruit RNs and encourage them to obtain their bachelor’s degrees. After her retirement in 1957, the Viana McCown Lectureship was established to continue her legacy of leadership throughout the nursing community. This annual event is held in partnership with Alpha Xi Chapter and the Center for Nursing Leadership and is traditionally held in the fall to coincide with USC homecoming.

  • Attendees: Cockcroft and College of Nursing alumni, faculty and students and statewide practicing nurses and nurse leaders

Mary Ann Parsons Lectureship

The Center for Nursing Leadership co-sponsors the Mary Ann Parsons conference held each year with the Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Xi chapter. 

  • Length: Daylong program
  • Location: Columbia and out of state
  • Continuing Education: Contact hours awarded 



The Center for Nursing Leadership is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the South Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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