Sacred Heart's Patient Care Services Administration specialization is targeted toward those students who wish to move into positions of administrative responsibility in health care organizations. Students will learn how to improve nursing practice while offering cost-effective care.
The curriculum which includes 120 clinical practicum hours with an identified preceptor in the community focuses on the integration of finance, business management, information management, and program evaluation. Courses cover administrative and managerial topics including strategic leadership, communication, and human resources.
|Core Courses||Credit Hours|
|NU 501||Health Care Policy & Ethics for Contemporary Nursing Practice||3|
|NU 530||Theory and Professional Roles for Contemporary Nursing Practice||3|
|NU 601||Principles of Health Care Research for Contemporary Nursing Practice||3|
|NU 602||Evidence-based Practice for Quality Care||3|
|Patient Care Services Administration Specialization Courses||Credit Hours|
|NU 510||Strategic Leadership for Patient Care Services||3|
|NU 520||Management of Human Resources Emphasis||3|
|NU 575||Health Care Information Systems||3|
|NU 576||Management of Financial Resources||3|
|BU 601||Organizational Management||3|
|NU 670||Patient Care Services Administration Practicum||3|
|NU 671||Patient Care Services Administration Capstone||3|
|NU 000||Open Elective||3|
NU 501 Health Care Policy & Ethics for Contemporary Nursing Practice This course examines health care policy issues such as financing, quality, and safety as well as the application of ethics to the field. Students will consider past and current nursing and health care practices and analyze policies and their implications for the future.
NU 530 Theory and Professional Roles for Contemporary Nursing Practice The class provides the foundation for advanced practice nursing by introducing theories from nursing and the natural, social, biological, and organizational sciences to frame their future practice. Students will also consider issues of cultural diversity to assure the delivery of effective care and minimize health disparities.
NU 601 Principles of Health Care Research for Contemporary Nursing Practice This course studies the field of research and its application to solving problems in nursing and health care. Each step of the research process is explored in-depth to develop the skills to apply research to practice. Students apply critical analysis to relevant research literature to determine its usefulness and application. Statistical methods and concepts are reviewed and integrated throughout the course to promote an understanding of those concepts within the context of health care research.
NU 602 Evidence-Based Practice for Quality Care This course builds on NU 601 by reviewing the principles inherent to a sound data collection and analysis, including differences between qualitative and quantitative research. Students will critique research articles according to criteria studied in the course and develop a project related to evidence-based practice.
NU 510 Strategic Leadership for Patient Care Services This class covers five functions of the patient care services administrator: strategic planning and vision, meeting customer needs and expectations, marketing services, care delivery systems, and managing quality. Students will learn to assess and design care delivery services that meet or exceed patient expectations, with an emphasis on how strategic planning affects the development of successful organizational and patient outcomes.
NU 520 Management of Human Resources Emphasis The class focuses on the administration of patient care services in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team. Students will study human resources issues such as work analysis, staffing, recruitment and selection, staff development, retention, rewards, and disciplinary action. Conflict management, teams, communication, managing a diverse workforce, and legal and regulatory requirements are also covered.
NU 575 Health Care Information Systems The class is an introduction to health information systems as tools for decision making and communication. Emphasis is on the ability to take advantage of information systems to deliver patient care and on exploring the tools available to assist in analyzing its quality.
NU 576 Management of Financial Resources An overview of the budgeting process in the health care setting, this course explores the building blocks used to develop sound financial projections for effective care. The course also reviews and explores the financial and payment structure of the health care system and its impact on the financial health of health care organizations. The ability to use information systems in the development and analysis of financial data is emphasized.
BU 601 Organizational Management This class examines and analyzes principles of planning and ethical decision making, organizing large and small groups, and systems for maintaining control in business and other organizations in a global environment. Students will develop the competencies required to be an effective manager, including self-awareness, trust-building, mentoring, empowering, delegating, and communicating. Students also develop skills in critical thinking, analysis, and research through interdisciplinary cases/projects.
NU 670 & NU 671 Patient Care Services Administration Practicum/Capstone In these last two courses in the sequence for this specialization, students apply and analyze the theories, competencies, and concepts of previous courses in a designated role practicum experience. Students are required to identify a preceptor in their community and complete 120 hours of clinical practicum with a preceptor in a masters-prepared administrative role. Current issues and trends in health care and patient care services are integrated within each topical area. Students will also complete a capstone project that represents ability to formulate and apply a combination of conceptual and technical knowledge.
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