Nursing Executive Leadership Courses
Coursework in the Executive Leadership track prepares you to succeed in your chosen nurse executive career path. The executive management courses in this track focus on impacting patient care and outcomes at an organizational level. The curriculum covers critical nursing administration leadership skills like budgeting, project management strategic planning.
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 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 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 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.
Specialty Courses (17 credit hours)
NURSG 545: Executive Leader Role (2 Credits)
This is the first of four courses specific to the Executive Leader (EL) role. Students focus on the EL role and its contribution to executive practice set the vision for nursing practice in the delivery of safe, timely, efficient, equitable and patient-centered care. Working within a collaborative and interprofessional environment, the nurse in administrative practice is influential in improving the patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction), improving the health of populations and reducing the per capita cost of health care. Concepts, theories and issues related to nursing administrative leadership are investigated in depth. The AONE Nurse Executive Competencies that identify the common core set of competency domains for health care leadership: communication and relationship management; knowledge of the health care environment; leadership; professionalism; business skills and principles will be discussed. The practicum facilitates role clarification and application of organizational analysis.
NURSG 558: Advanced Health Care Finance (3 Credits)
Prerequisite: NURSG 517
Exploration of the financial, marketing, and economic concepts and techniques of managing a health care agency or organization in a variety of settings. Focuses on financial knowledge and information as applied to health care agencies/integrated health care delivery systems, including budget concepts, financial analysis, the integration of strategic goals and objectives with financial planning and relation negotiation skills. Current issues related to the economics of health care, including the political and ethical issues involved in containing health care costs are explored.
NURSG 568: Advanced Health and Social Policy (3 Credits)
This course focuses on health policy analysis and utilizes various methods of critique to analyze health and social policy development. Organizational, local government, state and national policies will be discussed and examined. Use of health data and information related to policy available from the public domain is highly encouraged. Students will analyze and propose solutions to issues of policy related to their own professional interests.
NURSG 605 Administrative Leadership in Nursing I (3 Credits)
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.
NURSG 606: Administrative Leadership in Nursing II (3 Credits)
This is a second theory/practicum course in the administrative leadership in nursing option at the advanced level. Course content focuses on the leadership role of advanced nursing administrative practice in developing, implementing, and evaluating initiatives to manage and improve organizational practices and outcomes. Students acquire skills in program planning and evaluation for health improvement and outcomes research, especially quality improvement, change management, and human resources management. Practicum experiences provide opportunities for students to apply content in an advanced nursing practice setting. Working with the site preceptor and practicum faculty, student conducts leadership project focusing on an issue related to healthcare delivery to fulfill the course objectives. This course requires 150 hours of practicum.
NURSG 607: Administrative Leadership in Nursing Capstone (3 Credits)
This is the final sequential theory/practicum course in the executive leadership track. This course is an applied capstone experience at the end of each student's program of study and provides an opportunity for the student to gain experience in a particular area of administrative leadership interest. The clinical practicum component of the course is designed to be a project evaluation conducted independently by the student at a setting of the student's choice. The student works with a preceptor and the instructor to develop specific goals and objectives, and submits a summary of the project evaluation at the completion of the course. This course requires 150 hours of practicum.