Leadership SIG

The Leadership SIG has reached a significant milestone: as of March 2019 we have more than 1,800 Leadership SIG members for the first time in AAACN's history!   

Leadership SIG!Welcome to the Leadership SIG!

The goal of the Leadership SIG (L-SIG) is to develop and support ambulatory leaders. L-SIG members are diverse – from new leaders to seasoned experts.

The Leadership SIG provides a forum for leadership development and mentoring of ambulatory nurses who are leaders, or for those who aspire to be leaders. Via conference presentations, conference calls, website communications, Connected Communities postings and other forums, the SIG provides opportunities to share ideas, policies and procedures, and best practices among ambulatory nursing leaders.

The Leadership SIG was founded in 2004 by AAACN members who were interested in creating a forum to discuss leadership issues. Since that time, the Leadership SIG has grown and a SIG Charter was developed. Members meet annually at the AAACN Annual Conference and stay connected throughout the year via the Connected Communities (online networking community).

The Leadership SIG maintains an Advisory Board with a Chair and Chair-elect, Vice Chair(s) and additional appointed members. The leaders of the L-SIG Advisory Board and L-SIG work group members are volunteers with expressed interest in working with others to promote the purpose, vision and goals of the AAACN Leadership SIG.

The AAACN Board of Directors appoints one of the Board members as a SIG liaison to communicate SIG interests and needs to the Board.

General Information


Find out if we have an event scheduled. All information will be in the Special Interest Groups (SIGS) tab on the Events page.

Volunteers and Involvement

Many SIG members expressed interest in working on the toolkit topics or other short term projects which may occur throughout the year. Even a little involvement by many volunteer members will go a long way toward achieving our goals! If you are interested in helping or have ideas to share, please contact the SIG Chair.

Discover what this SIG was talking about at the Annual Conference. Visit the AAACN Online Library.

Ask Your Questions

The Leadership SIG has reached a significant milestone: as of March 2018, we have more than 1,700 Leadership SIG members for the first time in AAACN’s history.

Visit the Leadership Community

SIG Conference Activities

Having fun at the Conference!

View the 2018 Flikr Photo Album of the Leadership SIG
at the AAACN 43rd Annual Conference

May 9-12, 2018
Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
Lake Buena Vista, FL

Photo: Leadership SIG member Sobha M. Fuller, DNP, RN-BC, NEA-BC, was the recipient of the Administrative Excellence Award (photographed with Past President Debra Cox, MS, RN, CENP (left) and AAACN CEO Linda Alexander.

The Leadership Toolkit

The Leadership Toolkit is an ever growing document maintained by the AAACN Leadership SIG.

It is composed of a main introduction document which explains the foundation tools that are the basis of the Leadership Toolkit: The ACHE Leadership Competency standards, the AONE Leadership Competency standards, and the QSEN.

To get the full benefit of the Leadership Toolkit, users should have an active connection to the Web when viewing the files listed below.

The toolkit includes two grids that contain literature reviews which reference the foundation documents, and literature review grids also have links to other website items, and articles, and tools.

Visit the Leadership Toolkit (Members only)

Leadership SIG Calls

Care Coordination

On March 18, 2016, Care Coordination and Transition Management (CCTM) experts and Leadership SIG members came together to hold a vibrant discussion on this important and timely topic in nursing.

We thank Leadership SIG Chair Chris Ruygrok, MBA, RN; AAACN President-Elect Deb Cox, MS, RN; David Cox, RN, BSN; and Harriet Straus, CRRN, BSN, MAOM for all of their hard work in putting this call together.

Close to 100 members dialed in, posted their questions in the Leadership Community, and heard from AAACN's CCTM content experts.               

Want to learn more? Visit the Leadership Connected Community (members-only).

Staffing Models and Acuity Call

Leadership SIG Call
October 20, 2017

In October, the Leadership SIG hosted a small group discussion on Staffing and Acuity Models. The video call lasted 1 hour and featured four great speakers (listed below).

Please let us know if you have any feedback and/or are interested in potentially participating in future calls. Attendees expressed interest in attending at the conference, and in follow up Community posts. This was a great opportunity for us to learn from each other. We look forward to hearing from you.

View the video call.

Speakers: Nanci Fortgang - Ambulatory Acuity Scale; Pam Del Monte - Workload; Mike Callahan and Jenna Butz - Ambulatory Acuity Model; Stacey Clark - Clinic Workload Assessment Tool.

Clinic Based Telephone Triage Models for Ambulatory Settings: Business and After Hours

Leadership SIG and Telehealth SIG Joint Call
April 7, 2017

On Friday April 7, 2017, the Leadership and Telehealth SIGs jointly hosted an open call for SIG members on "Clinic Based Telephone Triage Models for Ambulatory Settings: Business and After Hours," a timely topic that has been receiving much discussion in the AAACN Connected Communities. Nearly 200 members called in for the discussion.

Thank you to moderators Nanci Joseph Fortgang, RN MPA CMPE; and Susan Clelland, RN, MSN; Leadership SIG Chair Chris Ruygrok, MBA, RN; Leadership SIG Advisory Board member Cynthia Murray, BN, RN-BC; and Telehealth SIG Co-Chairs Maureen Phillips, RN, BSN, CSPI and Mary Jo Vetter, DNP, RN, AGPC, NP-BC, for organizing the call.

Note: please log in to your Connected Community account  before  you click the link directly below to listen to the call.

Listen to the call (You must be logged in to your Leadership SIG Connected Community account.)

Leadership SIG Connected Community

Each SIG has been added to the Connected Community platform for all of your networking.

Members network via communities that provide archiving of discussions, a document library, search feature, digest options, and a customization profile for each member, and is mobile friendly.

Find out more about the AAACN Connected Community

SIG Leadership

2019-2020 SIG Leadership

Pamela Del Monte

Vice Chair

Past Chair
Aileen Oh

Board Liaison
Anne T. Jessie, DNP, RN

Advisory Committee Members

Past Leadership SIG Chairs

  • 2018-2019 Aileen Oh, MSN, RN
  • 2015-2018 Chris Ruygrok, MBA, RN
  • 2014-2015 Ria Ganary, MHA, RN
  • 2013-2014 Diane Resnick, MPA, RN
  • 2012-2013 Kathy Mertens, DNP, RN
  • 2011-2012 Tricia Ruiz, MBA, RN, NEA
  • 2010-2011 Peggy Church, RN
  • 2008-2010 Margarita Gore, MBA, RN
  • 2006-2008 Eileen Esposito, DNP, RN-BC, CPHQ
  • 2004-2006 Janet Moye, PhD, RN, CNAA

Leadership SIG Logo Continues to Establish Our Identity

AAACN Leadership SIGWe continue to show our pride and loyalty to AAACN and the Leadership SIG by using our official Leadership SIG logo. You can order custom made shirts directly from the vendor anytime. Choose any size, color or style. The shirt can be ordered through the StitchinWaves Website.

During the checkout process, be sure to write the words "embroider with the AAACN Leadership SIG logo" in the comments field of the order form - or call the vendor directly at the number below.

ShirtIf you a specifically interested in the style we wore at the 2013 conference, it is provided below:

Style 1001 - Bella Tee
Color: TEAL
Custom embroidered with AAACN Leadership SIG logo.

Stitchin'Waves - stitchinwaves.com
Contact: Joyce Wright
Phone: (941) 929-1155

Current Projects and Resources

The Leadership SIG develops annual project goals that are tied to member feedback, AAACN Strategic Goals, and other imperatives, such as the IOM The Future of Nursing report and the AAACN position statement on The Role of the Registered Nurse in Ambulatory Care. Feedback from SIG membership is solicited in many ways.

Leadership SIG Survey Highlights

206 Leadership SIG members provided feedback and shared their own unique perspectives in the November 2016 Leadership SIG survey.

Members, from a leadership perspective, identified their top three challenges and priorities:

  1. Implementing Culture Changes within an Organization (33%)
  2. Managing by Data: The Importance of Tracking and Trending (31.6%)
  3. (Tie) Staffing Models and Reporting Structures (29.1%); Clinical Procedures and Scope of Practice (28.2%)

Recruiting for a Diverse Workplace: Inclusivity (3.4%) was the lowest rated challenge/priority, followed by EMR and Staging of Orders (3.9%) and Fall Prevention/Mobility Assessments in Ambulatory Care (3.9%).

Leadership SIG members were also asked to topics they'd be most interested in attending a presentation on as part of the Leadership SIG session at AAACN Annual Conference in New Orleans, May 10-13, 2017. Ambulatory Triage Models, and Implementing Cultural Changes within an Organization represent the top two issues of interest (28.57% and 21.94% respectively).

Read the full report

Projects & Resources


Current Projects

  • Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH): The Primary Care Medical Home Task Force is in the process of developing PCMH resources for AAACN members to use. As more information becomes available, we will share it through our Leadership SIG discussion list.

Completed Projects

  • Leadership: The Leadership Toolkit is composed of a main introduction document which explains the foundation tools that are the basis of the Leadership Toolkit: The ACHE Leadership Competency standards, the AONE Leadership Competency standards, and the QSEN. View the Leadership Toolkit (Members only)