Course Description: This theory/practicum course emphasizes leadership and managerial skills as well as organizational assessment as the foundation for advanced nursing practices in complex or integrated health care systems. Theoretical content includes theories of leadership, management, and motivation; and principles of quality management, continuous quality improvement, risk management, and patient and employee safety. Frameworks for organizational assessment, program planning, and program evaluation are explored. Students acquire leadership and managerial skills that will be applied in subsequent practicum courses to enhance advanced practice in nursing administration. Learning experiences derived from this course serve as the basis for organizational assessment, and development of project based interventions to promote the functions of the organization. Practicum experiences provide opportunities for students to apply content to an advanced nursing practice setting. Working with the preceptor and the practicum faculty, the student builds on the organizational assessment from NURSG 545 and develops a project proposal focusing on a specific population or an aggregate served by the practicum agency. This course requires 75 hours of practicum.