Online Master of Science in Nursing Clinical Leadership Courses
Learn Leadership Techniques for Improved Patient Care
The Clinical Leadership track stands out by combining advanced clinical nursing knowledge with leadership tools and evidence-based practice. In the area of clinical nurse leadership, improving patient care on an individual, department-wide and continuous basis is a key goal. Courses provide you with the advanced knowledge you need to take a leading role in analyzing, implementing and evaluating patient care plans, as well as the processes that support care delivery and patient safety.
"As a full-time Nursing Director, wife, and mother of 3 young children, I would have been unable to complete a graduate degree without the online format of Saint Xavier’s MSN program. The flexibility of the online format that allowed for ease of access to content, faculty, and resources made it possible for me to successfully fulfill the goal that I had to obtain my graduate degree."
– Marina Ocasio, ’19 MSN in Clinical Leadership
Core Courses (18 credit hours)
NURSG 504 Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice (3 Credits)
This course focuses on philosophical and theoretical foundations of advanced practice nursing. The epistemological and ontological bases of practice are explored, including but not limited to nursing science, health care systems, aesthetic, cultural, legal and political matrices of professional practice. Ethical issues, including concerns of social justice, are introduced and discussed from a variety of perspectives, especially those of un-served and under-served populations. Foundations of clinical judgment are examined, and the concepts of professional autonomy, collegiality and consultation are studied. The importance of nursing in all its dimensions is highlighted, with particular emphasis on transformative learning and reflexive practice.
NURSG 509 Nursing Inquiry (3 Credits)
This course focuses on methods of inquiry as a basis for the expansion of knowledge in nursing. Philosophical foundations of qualitative and quantitative methods are explored. Methodological approaches that use qualitative analysis are compared with those that require quantification and statistical analysis of data. Emphasis is placed on the congruence between the research problem and the research design. Analysis of research studies and the ability to develop a research proposal are expected outcomes of this course. Current issues in nursing research, including those of critique, collaboration, and publication are discussed.
NURSG 517 Health Care Systems and Financing (3 Credits)
This course focuses on the transformation of the American health care system. The corporatization of health care and the complexities of health care delivery and related financing of that care are addressed. Efforts on quality care, now linked to reimbursement for that care, are the emphasis for health care systems' policies today. Included are the basic concepts of quality, safety, improving health outcomes and related policy analysis. The course also provides an opportunity for practical application of budgeting through cost analysis, and the use of financial information for decision and policy making in providing quality health care.
NURSG 544 Epidemiology and Population Based Health Care (3 Credits)
Prerequisite: Basic statistics course or passing score on statistics competency exam
This course is an introduction to the principles of epidemiology including analysis of occurrence, distribution, determinants, and consequences of health infections. Data analysis of aggregate data from public website is also included to evaluate effective interventions to improve population health care outcomes. Students have opportunities to study disease, in various and diverse population groups Students design patient-centered and culturally responsive strategies in the delivery of clinical prevention and health promotion interventions to communities, and aggregates/clinical populations.
NURSG 553 Communication, Culture, Collaboration, and Conflict in Health Care (3 Credits)
This course addresses expressions of health, illness, caring, and healing from transcultural and communication-focused perspectives. Understanding and developing professional competence in caring for and working with individuals, families, groups, and communities with diverse cultural backgrounds is emphasized. Patterns of human communication and interaction with health care clients and professional colleagues are considered in terms of theories and practical skills of communication, conflict resolution and professional collaboration. The impact of negative patterns of interaction (e.g., stereotyping, discrimination, and marginalization) on health care disparities is considered.
NURSG 557 Information Technology and Health Care Outcomes (3 Credits)
This course provides an overview of the various ways in which information technology is used in health care and education. Following an introduction to the principles of information science and information systems, students explore the practical applications and strengths and limitations of myriad information technologies. Applications of technology in the care of individuals, populations and communities are addressed, including aspects of tele-health. Students gain experience using and interpreting data from administrative and clinical health information databases in order to develop plans for quality assurance and outcomes evaluation. Students will interact with information management applications related to administration, clinical practice, education, and research.
Support Courses (9 credit hours)
NURSG 502 Advanced Health Assessment (3 Credits)
This course assists students to develop effective clinical interviewing, focused history-taking and advanced physical assessment skills. Course content builds upon the student's foundational knowledge of pathophysiology, microbiology and anatomy. The underlying approach to assessment stresses a holistic view of clients as complex beings possessing physical, emotional, social and spiritual health needs and resources.
NURSG 503 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 Credits)
This course describes the etiology, natural history, developmental considerations, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of specific disease processes. In this course, students will acquire a deeper understanding of the mechanisms of disordered physiology that underlie the disease conditions that are most commonly encountered in practice settings. Knowledge of pathophysiological processes will be linked to the clinical manifestations of disease and will form the basis for clinical diagnosis and decision-making regarding therapeutic interventions.
NURSG 512 Advanced Pharmacology (3 Credits)
This course focuses on the pharmacologic effects and clinical uses of selected drug groups. Principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics are reviewed. The issues of altered pharmacotherapeutic response relative to physiologic and psychosocial variables will be included. Pharmacologic mechanisms in association with side effects, drug interactions, contraindications and patient education will be addressed.
Specialty Courses (11 credit hours)
NURSG 523 Clinical Leader Role I (2 Credits)
This is the first of four courses specific to the CL role. The course provides a foundation for implementation of the role. Students focus on the CL role and its contribution to improve patient outcomes, ensure quality care and reduce health care costs. Concepts, theories and issues related to nursing leadership and care environment management are investigated in depth. End of program competencies for the Clinical Nurse Leader role will be discussed. The practicum facilitates role clarification and application of microsystem analysis. This course requires 75 hours of non-preceptered practicum.
NURSG 524 Clinical Leader Role II (2 Credits)
Pre-requisite: NURSG 523
This is the second of four practicum courses in the Clinical Leadership track. Students apply elements of the CL curriculum with a selected cohort of clients in a practice setting. The practicum facilitates development of skills for advocacy and leadership in a microsystem as a means to promote positive change in a health care delivery system while putting best practices into action. Periodic seminars provide opportunities for CL students, faculty and mentors to discuss issues and assess experiences related to implementation of this role.
NURSGP 524 Clinical Leader Role II Practicum (1 Credit)
This is the practicum section for the Clinical Leader Role II course. 75 practicum hours must be completed.
NURSG 612 Clinical Leader Immersion I (2 Credits)
Pre-requisite: NURSG 524
This is the third practicum course in the Clinical Leader track. Students enhance skills in advocacy and leadership for reforming a health care delivery system while putting best practices into action. The practicum facilitates development of a project to promote positive change in the microsystem. Periodic seminars provide opportunities for CL students, faculty and mentors to discuss issues and assess experiences related to implementation of this role.
NURSGP 612 Clinical Leader Immersion I Practicum (1 Credit)
This is the practicum section for the Clinical Leader Immersion I course. 150 practicum hours must be completed.
NURSG 614 Clinical Leader Immersion II (2 Credits)
Pre-requisite: NURSG 612
This is the fourth practicum course in the Clinical Leader track. Students refine the skills necessary to implement roles of the clinical leader in a specific health care delivery system. The practicum facilitates implementation, measurement of outcomes and dissemination of a project that promotes positive change in the microsystem. Periodic seminars provide opportunities for CL students, faculty and mentors to discuss issues and assess experiences related to implementation of this role.
NURSGP 614 Clinical Leader Immersion II Practicum (1 Credit)
This is the practicum section for the Clinical Leader Immersion II course. 150 practicum hours must be completed.