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Patient Care Services Administration Specialization

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Patient Care Services Administration Specialization

Lead with Administrative Expertise


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.

Degree Requirements/Curriculum 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

 

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
NU 616 Leading and Influence with Integrity 3
NU 618 Social and Legal Responsibilities in Business 3
NU 670 Patient Care Services Administration Practicum 3
NU 671 Patient Care Services Administration Capstone 3

 

Core Courses


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.

Patient Care Services Administration Specialization Courses


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.

NU 616 Leading and Influence with Integrity Leaders and managers at all levels in organizations must influence others to enable achievement of the organization's objectives. Leading and influencing with integrity requires understanding of one's self, other people, the situational and cultural context, as well as both current and future impacts of actions taken. Through course learning experiences students develop individual and organizational strategies to influence others, shape culture, manage change, negotiate, and facilitate employee engagement and performance so organizations can contribute to society in ways that are effective, responsible and sustainable.

NU 618 Social and Legal Responsibilities in Business Sustainable organizational practices require managers to pay attention to the environmental and social impact of organizational strategies and actions. This course focuses on ethical and legal issues for organizations and individual managers face in achieving triple bottom line sustainability. Ethical decision making frameworks provide principles for dealing with challenges posed by technology, globalization, and societal changes and for fulfilling personal as well as corporate social responsibility. Legal topics include a survey of human resource law and the implications for practicing managers.

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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