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Nursing Leadership And Management

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This course emphasizes leadership and management theory including systems theory, leadership styles, and organizational change in a variety of health care settings. The course provides students with tools to assume various responsibilities in delegation, managing change, and patient advocacy. Students are required to successfully complete 60 clinical hours to pass the course. Clinical hours include immersive simulation learning.



This undergraduate-level course is 7 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 4
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 7 weeks

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    Leadership and Management

    • Differentiate between leadership and management roles and functions.
    • Analyze personal leadership and management style.
    • Identify theories, styles, and characteristics of leadership.
    • Discuss how problem-solving methods and effective communication support organizational culture.
    • Examine the theories and functions of management.

    Organizational Structure and Culture

    • Describe the characteristics and models of organizational structures.

    • Identify various organizational theories and their implications in health care.
    • Identify social and cultural aspects affecting health care organizations.
    • Explore current culture of health care organizations and how internal and external forces influence health care culture.

    Change Theory and Models and Evidence Based Practice

    • Examine the theories and stages related to planned change.
    • Evaluate the roles and responsibilities of leaders and managers as change agents.
    • Analyze the utilization of evidence-based research to support change within the workplace.
    • Identify common barriers to change.

    Human Resource Management

    • Describe the role of human resource management in health care.
    • Identify issues related to staffing and performance evaluations.
    • Examine the factors to be considered to support safe and effective delegation.
    • Interpret the applicability of laws affecting employees and leadership responsibility.
    • Discuss common work environment issues such as violence in the workplace and healthy work environment.
    • Explain professional competency and accountability.
    • Determine methods to motivate and develop staff.

    Financial Management

    • Identify the current health care reimbursement sources.
    • Review the types, role, and process of budgeting.
    • Discuss the effect of financially-based mandates on organizational culture, cost containment, and reimbursement.
    • Examine the role of nursing in risk management.
    • Analyze the effect of patient satisfaction scores and quality indicators in hospitals.

    Continuous Process Improvement

    • Describe the issues related to quality management in today’s health care environment.
    • Explain the relationship between quality improvement and risk management, exploring the concepts of systems theory.
    • Discuss the influence of regulatory agencies on the expectation of quality.
    • Discuss the concept of innovation and evidence-based practice on quality patient care and achieving the goals of the organization.

    Changing Health Care Systems

    • Describe the challenges facing nursing leadership.
    • Discuss the implications for nursing leadership in health care reform.
    • Discuss leadership expectations related to patient satisfaction and improving the customer experience.
    • Explain the effect of magnet or performance excellence designation on health care systems.
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