Nursing and Health Care Leadership

Curriculum

Fall - Semester 1

Name Hours

Foundations of Leadership

The call for nurses to advance and assume leadership positions within their organizations is a current imperative. Amid the complex nature of leadership within health care, this course provides students with a foundation in the many aspects of leadership ranging from an understanding of personal attributes, strengths, and challenges to a review of contemporary leadership theories and conflict management. This introductory course provides practical application of leadership principles.
3

Foundations of Nursing Informatics                                                                   

This course provides an overview of informatics and the role it plays in the delivery of evidence based care. With a focus on healthcare information technology’s contribution to data acquisition, this course will enhance the learner’s understanding of the transformation of data into information and knowledge. A practical approach is taken to ensure learners understand essential elements of informatics practice such as the system development lifecycle, the electronic health record, national health policy, patient quality, and the safe use of technology.

This course prepares the learner to optimize the use of clinical systems and technology tools to continue to advance practice and drive clinical transformation.

3
  6 credit hours

Spring - Semester 2

Name Hours

Principles of Health Care Finance

In this course, students learn to apply accounting and economic principles, and financial management strategies to effectively manage health care resources in health care organizations. Students acquire the knowledge and skills to utilize computer software for conducting efficient financial analysis.
3

Professional Formation 2 - Applications of Evidence in Health Care Environments

This course is the second in a series of courses facilitating Professional Formation in the advanced nursing practice role. Students will develop skills to evaluate and synthesize supporting evidence and examine ethical dilemmas of implementation, to develop and articulate innovative solutions. Students will learn how to assess clinical processes, identify advanced nursing practice problems, and determine how to address problems.
3
  6 credit hours

Summer - Semester 3

Name Hours

Strategic Planning

This course focuses on short- and long-term strategic issues that affect the financing, organization, and delivery of health care services. Market driven organizations and services are the core of the course, with emphasis placed on designing and operationalizing strategy as an individual or a member of teams at the middle and executive management levels. Students develop competency in strategic planning and apply these skills to complex health care organizations.
2

Professional Formation 3 - Leading Collaborative Change: Improving Delivery of Health Care to Patients and Populations

This course is the third in a series building Professional Formation in an advanced nursing practice role. Students will develop leadership skills for participation in interprofessional teams to address practice problems and improve care delivery. Students will plan evidence-based solutions that meet the six aims for healthcare quality from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Students will be prepared to advocate for policy change at the institutional, state, and federal level to improve the health of populations. Pre-requisite: 6055.
4
  6 credit hours

Fall - Semester 4

Name Hours

Applied Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

This course focuses on the application of quality improvement methodology and measurement of outcomes across a broad range of health care settings. Students learn the systematic methods of continuous quality improvement, based on the work of Deming and others. The use of various outcome measurement instruments and data collection tools are explored. Pre-requisite: 6065.
2

Organizational Behavior in Complex Health Care Systems                  

The current healthcare environment challenges leaders to think and lead in new ways. Nurse leaders are at the forefront of change, patient safety, and population outcomes. Complexity science influences leadership behavioral models that drive reform, efficiencies, and outcomes. Fundamental to these new ways of leading change is the emphasis on the quality of relationships, the ability to lead teams, and the ability to inspire others. This course offers students a paradigm shift in thinking from a focus on linear or hierarchical traditional models to a transformational, collaborative, and relationship-based leadership approach.
3

Elective

2-3
  7-8 credit hours

Spring- Semester 5

Name Hours

Advanced Leadership and Human Capital                                    

This course focuses on the art and science of leading and managing people. The course guides students in their quest to become resonant leaders, coaches, and mentors, and to embrace diversity in the teams they lead. Reality based decision making is explored as an approach to support high quality and safe patient care.
3

Practicum I

This course is a leadership/management practicum experience in which students apply models of quality improvement, informatics, leadership and organizational behavior, outcome measurement, and financial management in a selected health care setting. This practicum provides students with an opportunity to work closely with a leader in a variety of health care settings. Students contribute to the functioning of the health care agency and complete an agency designated project(s) during the practicum.

All specialty courses (except 6404) are pre- or co-requisites for the practicum courses.

3
  6 credit hours

Summer - Semester 6

Name Hours

Directed Reading                                    

This directed reading course introduces students to contemporary issues that influence society and healthcare. Students explore the socio-political and ethical environments in which advanced practice nurse leadership takes place. Students demonstrate critical thinking and analysis in the course assignments and discussions.
2

Practicum II

This course provides students with an opportunity to work closely with a leader in a formal mentorship arrangement in a health care setting. Students observe and practice management and leadership skills in a health care organization. The role of a leader is explored in the context of the changing health care environment. This practicum builds on skills and experiences obtained in Practicum I. In this second practicum, students are mentored by a senior leader with increased complexity of course deliverables. In addition to the agency designated practicum project, students will complete a population health project related to the agency’s population, needs, and priorities.

All specialty courses (except 6404 & 6495) are pre- or co-requisites for the practicum courses.

4
  6 credit hours

Total Credit Hours: 37 (38 with 3hr elective)