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Nursing Management & Executive Leadership Specialization

Patient Care Services Campus

Nursing Management & Executive Leadership Specialization

Lead with Administrative Expertise

Sacred Heart's Nursing Management & Executive Leadership specialization is targeted toward those students who wish to move into positions of administrative responsibility in health care organizations. The role of leadership in organizing and delivering high quality health care is more important today than ever before. Students will learn the role competencies essential for today’s nursing leader.

The curriculum which includes 120 clinical practicum hours with an identified preceptor in the community focuses on the integration of information management, healthcare delivery systems, financial resources, research and ethics, human resource management, the quality improvement process, strategic planning, workforce development, and transformational leadership. Motivating others, creating a positive environment, building trust, and positive and influential communication are just a few select skills that will be covered in the specialty courses.

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

 

Nursing Management & Executive Leadership Specialization Courses Credit Hours
NU 617 Health Care Delivery Systems 3
NU 511 Role Development for Nursing Management and Executive Leadership (NMEL) 3
NU 576 Management of Financial Resources 3
NU 575 Health Care Information Systems 3
NU 521 Creating a Professional Work Environment 3
NU 665 Quality and Safety in Practice 3
NU 672 Nursing Management and Executive Leadership (NMEL) Practicum 3
NU 673 Nursing Management and Executive Leadership (NMEL) Capstone 3


* Nursing Management & Executive Leadership (NMEL) has replaced the former administrative track of Patient Care Services Administration (PCSA). The name change and curricular updates and modifications have been made to reflect current leadership trends to enhance the program. For current students finishing up the PCSA track, click here for a reference of the curriculum.

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.

Nursing Management & Executive Leadership Specialization Courses

NU 617 Health Care Delivery System This course focuses on the current health care delivery system and the impact on patient care. An evaluation of the health care delivery system will incorporate the impact of social issues, economics, politics, culture, education and technology on the health care system. Past, future and contemporary trends in health care delivery will be incorporated into the analysis of organizational Micro and Macro systems.

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NU 511 Role Development for Nursing Management and Executive Leadership This course introduces the student to contemporary theories of leadership, change, complexity science and organizational structure and design. The underlying framework of the course is transformational leadership and complexity science. Concepts such the clinical microsystems, nursing care innovations, strategic planning, and change, are covered. Students will be introduced to the concept of evidence based management and encourage to support their ideas with evidence. Students will complete an assessment of their leadership strengths and weaknesses and develop a professional leadership plan which will guide their progress throughout the rest of the program.

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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 521 Creating a Professional Work Environment In this course the student will appreciate the rationale for and strategies for creating a positive work environment for nursing and the interprofessional team. Topics will include organizational culture, structural empowerment, shared governance, and the adoption of Magnet Hospital tenets (no matter the setting) among others. Human resource management principle such as selection, development, performant appraisal and nurse satisfaction will be considered within the framework of creating an environment of professional practice. Further how a positive work environment supports quality and safety will be discussed based on evidence. Fostering high performance from individuals and well as the team will be stressed.

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NU 665 Quality and Safety in Practice During this course the students will proceed in a step by step progression through the continuous quality improvement (CQI) process. This approach prepares the student with the necessary skills to complete a CQI capstone project in the practicum courses. The student will review the historical background and theory of quality improvement and apply it to the current health care environment. After a review of the national and regulatory issues of patient safety, the student will identify one issue to use in the course to apply CQI methods.

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NU 672 Nursing Management and Executive Leadership Practicum (60 hours clinical) This is the next to the last course in the nursing sequence for the Nursing Management and Executive Leadership track. Nursing 672 will focus at the larger organization’s macro-system level. Students will apply and analyze the theories, competencies and concepts of previous courses in a designated role practicum experience using a preceptor. Further, students will examine the application of theories / evidence from scholarly readings and their application to practice through a (private) weekly journal entry to the professor that will be appropriately referenced. They will also share their reflections with other course participants through a weekly discussion using appreciative inquiry to describe a significant learning on the strengths of their clinical site focused on the course objectives. The core role competencies for the nurse manager and executive leader frame the course activities including managing client needs and expectations, marketing, managing financial resources, assessing quality and safety, visioning and strategic planning, designing care management systems, and developing operational plans for accountability and ethical practice. Leadership strategies for accomplishing this work are explored. Current issues and trends in health care, nursing management and executive leadership are covered in course readings and integrated into the course assessments/project. In this course, the student will perform an organizational assessment and evaluation (macro-system level) in two parts and complete Part I of the capstone project.

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NU 673 Nursing Management and Executive Leadership Capston (60 hours clinical) This is the last course in the nursing sequence for the Nursing Management and Executive Leadership track. Nursing 673 will focus on the larger organization’s macro-system level. Students will apply and analyze the theories, competencies and concepts of previous courses in a designated role practicum experience using a preceptor. Further, students will examine the application of theories/evidence from scholarly readings and their application to practice through a (private) weekly journal entry to the professor that will be appropriately referenced. Students will also be sharing their reflections with other course participants through a weekly discussion using appreciative inquiry to describe a significant learning on the strengths of their clinical site focused on the course objectives. The core role competencies for the nurse manager and executive leader frame the course activities and include assessing the following areas: human resource management, workforce development, succession planning, culture of safety, The Joint Commission (TJC) national patient safety goals, public reporting and accountability, automation in healthcare and redesign of workflow, meaningful use, accountability care organizations, healthcare reform, care across the continuum, and raising the bar – learning from excellence. Current issues and trends in health care, nursing management and executive leadership and are covered in course readings and integrated into the course assessments/project. In this course, students will complete their capstone project and the organizational assessment and evaluation (macro-system level).

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