NURS 4240: Nursing Leadership and Management
This course explores the theoretical foundation of nursing leadership and management and the role of nurse leader/manager in complex organizational systems. Planning for quality care and patient safety is emphasized. Effective skills of nurse leaders/managers are analyzed with a focus on interprofessional healthcare team interactions. Fiscal, legal, and regulatory processes are explored. Current issues and trends in management/leadership and healthcare are addressed.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Apply leadership/management theories and research to practice.
- Utilize organizational, change, and systems theory in the provision of quality care and patient safety initiatives.
- Demonstrate effective communication and negotiation skills within the context of the interprofessional healthcare team.
- Use research and evidence in leadership/management decision making.
- Discuss the role of the nurse leader/manager in fiscal planning.
- Explore legal and regulatory processes and their effect on nursing practice, quality care, and patient safety.
- Analyze ethical issues in nursing leadership/management practice.
- Discuss current issues and trends in nursing leadership/management and healthcare.
Admission into the BSN program is required to take any nursing course. NURS 3270, 3400, 3410
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The course will be conducted entirely online. Students are expected to participate in all course activities as assigned by the instructor. Course activities may include lecture, small group discussions and assignments, case studies, and journal groups. In addition, students will complete a clinical/practicum experience. During this experience, students participate in a 16 hour observational leadership/management experience. This experience allows the student the opportunity to observe and analyze the application of leadership principles. Students do not engage in any patient care activities or in any direct nursing management activities. Students can complete clinical hours at their places of employment outside of work hours.
However, individual instructors may incorporate other activities such as journals and group work into the course materials.
The course policies follow Webster University policies including online class policies. Non-participation in online discussions and activities will affect your grade. Remember plagiarism concerns are part of this online course and the University's overall academic dishonesty policies. Plagiarism is use of another's idea, opinion, publications, writings, information in one's own publication without proper credit to the original source of the idea, opinion, writing, or information. Please cite whenever appropriate. (see the Undergraduate College Academic Policies and Procedures)
The university is committed to high standards of academic honesty. Students will be held responsible for violations of these standards. Please refer to the university's academic honesty policies for a definition of academic dishonesty and potential disciplinary actions associated with it. These policies can be found online at: http://www.webster.edu/graduatecatalog/policies.shtml and in the Nursing Department Handbook http://www.webster.edu/depts/artsci/nursing/handbook.htm
Drops and Withdrawals
Students may withdraw from courses after the official drop/add period. Tuition waivers for withdrawals are made on a pro rata basis. Since the credit hours of withdrawals remain on the student's record, students adding courses and exceeding the 18-credit-hour maximum will be charged additional tuition. Students may withdraw from courses up to and including the Friday of the sixth week of an eight-week course and the Friday of the twelfth week of a semester course. To withdraw, a student must complete a withdrawal form, which is signed by the advisor. The symbol for course withdrawal(W) is recorded on the student's transcript. Withdrawals after the above dates may occur only under exceptional circumstances, and the withdrawal form must be approved by the instructor, the advisor, department chair and the director of the Academic Advising Center. These policies can be found online at: http://www.webster.edu/graduatecatalog/policies.shtml
If you are registered as a student with a documented disability and are entitled to classroom or testing accommodations, it is your responsibility to inform the instructor at the beginning of the course of the accommodations you will require in this class so that these can be provided. If you have a disability that may have some impact on your work in this class and for which you may require accommodations please contact the Academic Resource Center.
Behavior occurring within the academic arena, including but not limited to classroom disruption or obstruction of teaching, is within the jurisdiction of Academic Affairs. In cases of alleged campus and/or classroom disruption or obstruction, a faculty member and/or administrator may take immediate action to restore order and/or to prevent further disruption (e.g., removal of student[s] from class or other setting). Faculty members have original jurisdiction to address the immediacy of a situation as they deem appropriate. When necessary and appropriate, Public Safety and/or the local (or military) police may be contacted to assist with restoring peace and order. Faculty response is forwarded to the academic dean (or his or her designee) for review and, if necessary, further action. Further action might include permanent removal from the course. Repeated offenses could lead to removal from the program and/or the University.
Student Assignments Retained
The College of Arts and Sciences will retain some random student assignments or projects for the purpose of academic assessment as it relates to student learning outcomes.
Note: This syllabus may be revised at any time at the discretion of the instructor and without prior notification or consent of the student.