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Nursing Management & Executive Leadership Specialization

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.

Prerequisite Courses will be added to your curriculum plan if not completed previously

NU 325 Health Assessment for RNs – Prerequisite for all MSN specialization tracks Utilizing the conceptual framework of the nursing program, this course focuses on comprehensive health assessment. Adequate data collection and careful analysis for diagnostic and planning purposes is stressed. The student will use the diagnostic reasoning process to formulate nursing diagnoses based on the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association (NANDA) nomenclature. The nursing laboratory experience is available for students but not required. Videotaping assessment skills is a required course tool.  Prerequisite: Acceptance to the RN-BSN or RN-MSN Nursing Major

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Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Integrate knowledge from nursing and the sciences into the health assessment of individuals throughout the lifespan.
  2. Demonstrate skills in health assessment through interviewing, history taking, physical assessment and functional assessment.
  3. Utilize the diagnostic reasoning process to accurately formulate judgments about health assessment data.
  4. Demonstrate principles of adequate and accurate documentation related to the health assessment of an individual.
  5. Discuss the legal and ethical implications of the role of the nurse related to health assessment.

MA 131 Statistics for Decision Making – Prerequisite for NU 601 and all MSN tracks This course is geared towards liberal arts, science and health science majors. It introduces descriptive statistics, probability distributions: both discrete and normal confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and correlation. Real world applications are offered and computer statistical software may be used. Prerequisite: One college-level Mathematics course or placement by Mathematics Department

Core Courses

NU 501 Health Care Policy & Ethics for Contemporary Nursing Practice This core course focuses on history, policy, and ethics in nursing and health care. It examines health care policy, including global health considerations, health care financing, quality and safety in health care, and the ethics of health care. Current practices in nursing and health care are viewed from the past and present as a way to contemplate the future. The course builds on a framework of critical thinking, as students explore aspects of the history of nursing and medicine, analysis of current policy development, and implications of the past for present and future actions in nursing and health care.

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Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Explore and evaluate selected aspects of health care policy and their impact on health care services and outcomes.
  2. Discuss key issues and trends in health care delivery and legislation including scope of practice, standards of practice, credentialing, licensure, certification and prescriptive authority.
  3. Describe the major principles of health care financing, noting their relationship to policy decisions and ethical issues.
  4. Discuss the evolution of the organization and structure of health care institutions and systems within the context of achievement of health care goals and outcomes.
  5. Identify and analyze common ethical dilemmas in health care using ethical principles and decision strategies.
  6. Describe major documents that guide health care in the United States including the Institute of Medicine Report (October 2010) The Future of Nursing and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), and reports from the Institute of Medicine, and their implications for professional nursing.
  7. Initiate a portfolio to begin the process of compiling and displaying a comprehensive set of professional works that reflect achievement of MSN end of program competencies.

NU 530 Theory and Professional Roles for Contemporary Nursing Practice This course is one of the graduate core classes that provides the foundation for advanced practice nursing. The role of the advance practice nurse as a member of the profession will be emphasized. Students will be introduced to theories from nursing, natural, social, biological and organizational sciences to frame their future practice. Further, students consider issues of cultural diversity and competence to assure the delivery of culturally competent care and minimization of health disparities.

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Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Describe the role of advanced practice nurses as a member of the profession.
  2. Reflect on learning needs and opportunities for transition into the advanced practice role.
  3. Assess personal communication effectiveness.
  4. Critique, evaluate and utilize appropriate theory from nursing, natural, social, organizational and biological sciences.
  5. Develop an understanding for and appreciation of human diversity to assure the delivery of culturally competent care.
  6. Reflect on how one’s own world view and culture affects personal and professional relationships.

NU 601 Principles of Health Care Research for Contemporary Nursing Practice This course studies the field of research and its relationship to problems related to 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. Emphasis is on understanding the research process through proposal development. Prerequisite: MA 131

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Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Examine the evolution of nursing and health care research.
  2. Generate well-worded research questions.
  3. Compare and contrast different research designs.
  4. Prepare an integrative literature review in a specified area of interest.
  5. Evaluate the strength of research evidence by critiquing key methodological steps within research reports.
  6. Interpret the relevance of statistical information in published reports.
  7. Apply principles of ethical and legal issues involved in conducting research.

NU 602 Evidence-Based Practice for Quality Care This course builds on the content of Principles of Health Care Research for Contemporary Nursing Practice (NU 601) and begins with principles inherent to a sound data collection and analysis, including both philosophical and pragmatic differences between qualitative and quantitative research. Content areas of substance include evidence-based practice, nursing theory in research, statistical analysis from the prospective of application and critique, research utilization, and issues in nursing and health care research from a national perspective. Students critique research articles according to criteria and develop a project related to evidence-based practice.

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Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Describe the process of evidence based practice in nursing and the role of the advanced practice nurse.
  2. Use knowledge of nursing research to critically appraise research studies for their implementation into practice.
  3. Apply change theory in the implementation of an evidence based practice initiative to improve practice.
  4. Discuss national issues related to healthcare policy and quality.
  5. Interpret the relevance of statistical information in published reports.
  6. Synthesize and deepen knowledge of nursing research.
  7. Discuss best evidence, patient concerns, and clinical judgment in 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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At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze and evaluate key issues and trends in health care delivery and legislation including scope of practice, standards of practice, healthcare financing, inpatient and outpatient delivery of care, long-term care, and accountable health organizations.
  2. Discuss the global impact of US health systems and emerging health related trends.
  3. Understand the public and private decision making processes for determining insurance coverage and payment of health care services.
  4. Analyze the incentives of health care suppliers, and apply this analysis to understand equilibrium in health markets. 
  5. Apply knowledge learned to the student’s own local and community healthcare system to develop more effective and efficient healthcare delivery models in their own practice.

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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  1. Assess one’s leadership competencies based on transformational leadership theory in order to assume or improve the student’s role as a nursing administrator (manager or executive).
  2. Analyze the parent organization’s impact on how the nursing department functions based on its structure, culture, mission, vision and strategic plan.
  3. Analyze the microsystem in which one works.
  4. Develop a mission, vision and strategic plan for a microsystem.
  5. Develop an innovation in one’s practice based on change theory and principles of complexity science.
  6. Use scholarly evidence to support one’s opinions about, analysis of, and personal development for transformational leadership and change.

NU 575 Health Care Information Systems An introduction to health information systems as tools for decision making and communication in health care. This course builds on prior knowledge of systems theory and utilizes change theory and information processing theory to analyze, manage and evaluate health care information. Emphasis is also on the ability to utilize information systems in the delivery of patient care and the exploration of the variety of tools available to assist in the analysis of quality care.

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Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Explore theoretical foundations for the processing of information and change within nursing and the health care system.
  2. Explore the process of implementing technology and its impact on health care delivery.
  3. Integrate relevant knowledge from nursing and organizational theory to the management of information to guide managerial decision making.
  4. Propose a healthcare informatics project based on nursing process, change theory, and administrative strategies for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating informatics in a healthcare organization.
  5. Examine social, ethical and legal issues involved in computerized procedures related to health care delivery.
  6. Evaluate data management and computer applications used in clinical practice, nursing and healthcare administration.

NU 576 Management of Financial Resources An overview of the budgeting process in the health care setting. This course explores the building blocks that are utilized to develop sound financial projections. The course also reviews and explores the health care system and the multiple payers and their impact on the financial picture of health care organizations. Emphasis is on the ability to utilize information systems in the development and ongoing analysis of financial data.

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Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Develop understanding of the various components within hospital finances.
  2. Identify the available revenue base of a population in a given market sector.
  3. Explore the elements required in the development of staffing requirements.
  4. Develop an understanding of the specific elements necessary to complete a Salary/FTE Budget.
  5. Develop an understanding of the specific elements necessary to complete a Non-Salary Budget.
  6. Develop an understanding of the specific elements necessary to complete a Capital or Project specific budget.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge and skill in data analysis of financial statements.

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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At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Define the elements of a positive work environment at the microsystem level.
  2. Consider strategies that empower nurses and increase nurse satisfaction
  3. Apply policies of human resource management to the creation of a positive work environment.
  4. Apply principles of team science to one’s practice.
  5. Discuss how conflict, diversity, collaboration, and communications can be positively managed to contribute to work harmony.
  6. Use evidence to support ideas and strategies for practice.

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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  1. Review the historical development and theories of quality assurance and improvement in other industries and health care.
  2. Discuss the implications of the national initiatives on patient safety for nurse managers and executives.
  3. Discuss the implications of federal and accreditation regulations on desired patient outcomes and implications for reimbursement.
  4. Compare and contrast the CQI process in use today in the health care industry today and identify the one used in the student’s practice setting.
  5. Assess the culture of safety in one's microsystem.
  6. Compare your microsystem performance against national and local benchmarks.
  7. Use quality improvement tools to assess a quality or safety issue.
  8. Identify the stakeholders for a specific CQI initiative.

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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Upon completion of this course, each student is expected to demonstrate the following learning outcomes by being able to:

  1. Analyze organizational, ethical, and leadership theories which guide the organization’s leaders and their administrative practice at the macro-system level, as derived from the literature.
  2. Review the organization’s macro-system level strategic and operational plans and the importance of developing these plans along with how they cascade down through the microsystems in the organization.
  3. Review and determine how the organization’s marketing plan positions it to meet its mission and serve the community/population’s needs - describing those needs using data.
  4. Analyze the organization’s macro-system level care delivery system in terms of ability to meet its community/population needs; meet patient safety/quality goals; achieve clinical, functional and financial outcomes (pay for performance) with emphasis on collaboration among disciplines and across departments.
  5. Propose an evidence-based Performance Improvement (PI) project based on the knowledge acquired by performing the organizational assessment and evaluation.
  6. Conduct a review of the literature and an action plan for change for the evidence-based PI project.
  7. Engage in self-reflection and continued learning to enhance competencies in the role of nurse leader.
  8. Use theory and research from nursing and other disciplines to direct nursing practice as a nurse manager/nurse executive.
  9. Apply/Implement the role of nurse manager/nurse executive.
  10. Practice collaboratively with a multidisciplinary administrative team.
  11. Demonstrate competence in the scholarship of the NMEL track, the ability to work independently, and the ability to present the results of investigation effectively.

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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At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Learn and evaluate the organization’s macro-system level management of human resources including leadership competencies, workforce development and succession planning as well as, identify opportunities for performance improvement.
  2. Learn and evaluate the organization’s safety/quality/performance improvement culture and macro-system level plan paying specific attention to current trends and benchmark statistics as described on the organization’s internal dashboards, as well as publicly reported dashboards (Hospital Compare, Joint Commission).
  3. Analyze the organization’s macro-system level current and future plans for the application and integration of automated information systems to support its strategic and operational macro-system plans (support care delivery system; enable performance improvement and transparency with public reporting; meet meaningful use criteria and healthcare reform goals etc.).
  4. Develop a plan to implement and evaluate the change(s) for the evidence based practice Performance Improvement project.
  5. Engage in self-reflection and continued learning to enhance competencies in the role of nurse leader.
  6. Use theory and research from nursing and other disciplines to direct nursing practice as a nurse manager/nurse executive.
  7. Apply/Implement the role of nurse manager/nurse executive.
  8. Practice collaboratively with a multidisciplinary administrative team.
  9. Demonstrate competence in the scholarship of the NMEL track, the ability to work independently, and the ability to present the results of the investigation and capstone project effectively.

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