nsg520 | Graduate

Nursing Leadership

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This course integrates the principles, theories, and models of leadership used in advanced nursing roles. A key focus is determining one’s personal identity as a nurse leader. Topics include complexities in global health care, delivery systems, leadership in the current health care environment, and the future of nursing. Students begin developing a project to be finalized and presented in the capstone course.



This graduate-level course is 6 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6 weeks

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    Principles, Theories, And Models of Leadership for Quality Improvement

    • Distinguish concepts related to the principles, theories, and models of leadership.

    • Explain the influence of leadership theorists on practice.

    • Explain the significance of safety, quality, and values in the role of the nurse leader.

    • Explain the role of the professional nurse leader as a member of the inter-professional health care team.
    • Determine goals and objectives for quality improvement.

    Personal Leadership Qualities

    • Apply criteria from the Ethical Lense Inventory to leadership decisions.
    • Differentiate the characteristics of leadership and management.

    • Differentiate between leadership theories and styles.
    • Describe personal leadership qualities in professional nursing contexts.

    Principles, Theories, And Models of Leadership For Change

    • Explain the influence of change theorists on practice.
    • Distinguish strategies the nurse leader can use to support followership and empowerment.
    • Describe how nurse leaders can incorporate the change process.
    • Identify sources of power.
    • Describe the role of power in leadership.

    Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) to Support Leadership

    • Describe qualities specified by the Magnet designation of high performance organizations.
    • Identify benchmarking strategies within EBP models and Magnet designation.

    Leadership Challenges in the Current Health Care Environment

    • Identify nursing leadership opportunities available through professional organizations.
    • Recognize the influence of globalization on delivery challenges in health care.
    • Describe the effect of cultural diversity on health care teams.

    Future of Nursing Leadership

    • Clarify personal leadership qualities necessary to meet professional leadership goals.

    • Relate current organizational trends to the future of nursing leadership.
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