Leadership and Management – Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): NURS 6600, NURS 6201, NURS 6241, NURS 6231, NURS 6221 & NURS 6211

The Leadership and Management specialization is designed to equip nurses with the skills needed for leadership roles within intricate healthcare systems. Emphasizing collaboration and partnerships, the program aims to empower graduates to navigate change successfully and uphold standards in nursing practice. Prepared to address critical issues such as workforce development, resource management, technology integration, and the enhancement of quality care, graduates emerge as impactful leaders within organizations.

Leadership and Management Specialization Courses

NURS 6201 – Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare

This course serves as the foundational cornerstone for the Leadership and Management specialty track. Students delve into both theoretical and practical aspects of leadership and management functions in healthcare administration. Discussions encompass standards of practice for nursing administration, covering a diverse array of topics including roles and responsibilities, quality improvement, strategic planning and management, regulations, accreditation, and information systems. Throughout this course, students not only gain insights into the goals of nurse leaders but also learn strategies to facilitate efficient, high-quality healthcare delivery, aiming for excellence in patient care and services.

NURS 6211 – Finance and Economics in Healthcare Delivery

This course delves into the essentials of finance and budgeting within healthcare delivery. Students gain a comprehensive understanding of financial principles, exploring budgeting processes across various healthcare settings and the nurse administrator’s specific responsibilities in resource leadership and management. The curriculum includes hands-on applications, where students engage in budget development and the effective management of operational and capital resources. The impact of private and public policies, alongside budgeting models, is scrutinized concerning quality outcomes. Students also investigate the role of information systems in financial planning, emphasizing budget and resource decisions that contribute to the efficient and cost-effective provision of quality care.

NURS 6221 – Managing Human Resources

This course underscores the pivotal role of nursing leadership in managing the most crucial resource—human capital. Students delve into the responsibilities of nurse administrators in human resource management, exploring current legal, ethical, professional, and practice policies and standards. The integration of technology into human resource functions is emphasized, alongside strategies to foster positive organizational and nursing service goals. The course also highlights the significance of staff satisfaction and the creation of collaborative partnerships within organizations.

NURS 6231 – Healthcare Systems and Quality Outcomes

Focusing on the development of leadership strategies and competencies, this course is essential for supporting the delivery of quality care within healthcare organizations. Using a systems approach, students explore organizational structures influencing healthcare quality and patient outcomes. The curriculum emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in developing quality management structures, addressing concepts such as quality improvement and its strategic mandate. Through conceptual and application-based assignments, students concentrate on clinical and service quality planning, control and improvement initiatives, models, tools for process improvement, and the significance and utilization of metrics in daily operations.

NURS 6241 – Strategic Planning in Healthcare Organizations

Nurse administrators in healthcare organizations must align with and integrate strategic organizational goals. This course employs an interdisciplinary case study approach to examine nursing administrative practice issues within the context of the strategic planning process. Students apply leadership and management principles, concepts, and theories to address strategic issues presented in the case studies. Through these applications, students develop proficiency in employing various administrative strategies within the framework of supportive and collaborative interdisciplinary relationships. The goal is to achieve positive patient care delivery outcomes that contribute to positive social change in patient communities.

NURS 6600 – Capstone Synthesis Practicum

This culminating course requires students to apply their MSN curriculum experience by translating knowledge into practice. Through designing, developing, and implementing a project in a professional healthcare setting, students gain the opportunity to effect positive social change. Serving as change agents and nurses, the practicum experience allows students to develop their passion as practitioners while enhancing the nurse’s role as an advocate for social change. A minimum of 144 practicum hours is a requirement for this course.

Leadership and Management – Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): NURS 6600, NURS 6201, NURS 6241, NURS 6231, NURS 6221 & NURS 6211

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