Nursing 453

NURS 453: Leadership in Nursing

Prerequisites: NURS 443, NURS 444, NURS 448

Co-requisites: NURS 454

Credit Hours: (4)

Focuses on the major leadership and professional development skills necessary for professional practice including leadership style, management and leadership theories, change, quality management, fiscal and economic issues, personnel management, legal and ethical issues, healthcare organizations and policy, professionalism, personal nursing philosophy, political action, career development, and historical influences on nursing today.

Detailed Description of Content of the Course

The objectives and content of this course are derived from the School of Nursing’s philosophy and conceptual framework and the AACN Essentials for Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice and facilitate the achievement of the program objectives. These objectives represent content covered on standardized achievement examinations and the NCLEX-RN Test Plan. Current research and advances in theory and practice also determine course content. 

Emphasis is placed on the following concepts/theories:

1. Nursing leadership
            a. Nature of organizations
            b. Leadership/management skills
            c. Time management/quality management
            d. Managing and initiating change
            e. Decision making/problem solving
            f. Group process/team building
            g. Budgeting/finances
            h. Recruiting/selecting staff
            i. Conflict management
            j. Human resource management skills
            k. Performance appraisal/personnel problems
            l. Delegation
            m. Motivation/mentoring
            n. Customer relations

2. Professional Dimensions
            a. Professionalism/professional development
            b. Nursing history
            c. Ethical decision making
            d. Legal aspects of professional nursing
            e. Public policy/economics
            f. Political action
            g. Career development
            h. Nursing Regulations of the Code of Virginia
            i.  Recognition and intervention in known or suspected incidences of abuse, neglect, and     exploitation of children or elderly and incapacitated adults.
            j.  Patient rights
            k. Bioterrorism
            l. Domestic violence

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The following teaching strategies will be employed but are not limited to:

Lectures, discussion, multimedia, and case studies.
Goals and Objectives of the Course
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

1. Apply the nursing process in a leadership role to promote, protect, and restore clients’ holistic health.
2. Assume professional responsibility and accountability for implementation of standards of nursing practice in a nursing leadership role.
3. Apply health care and information technologies through the leadership role to enhance professional nursing practice and to support a safe practice environment for patients and healthcare workers.
4. Demonstrate critical thinking incorporating research findings in identifying changing health care needs of society, evaluating health care services, identifying trends that signal new directions for nursing practice within the health care delivery system, and discussing the influence of health care economics on the delivery of health care and
on professional nursing practice.
5. Collaborates with members of the healthcare team to implement holistic, patient-centered care that reflects an understanding of the multi-dimensional aspects of nursing management and leadership across the health-illness continuum, across the lifespan and in all healthcare settings.
 6. Utilize inter- and intra-professional communication and collaborative skills to deliver evidence-based, patient-centered care through healthcare team coordination.
7. Apply ethical decision making processes by contrasting selected ethical theories/frameworks and valuing their application in client care situations.
8. Engages in evidence-based practice in collaboration with other health professionals to provide culturally sensitive, holistic health care to individuals, families, aggregates, and communities and to promote a culture of safety and caring.
9. Assume responsibility for one’s own lifelong learning process through analysis of professionalism and implications for personal and professional development, including alternatives for achieving professional career goals and objectives, and sharing expertise with colleagues to support excellence in nursing practice.
10. Exhibit leadership qualities by demonstrating knowledge of leadership and management principles related to professional nursing practice.
11. Participate in the legislative and policy-making process to promote the advancement of nursing and health care at the state, federal, or global level on issues relevant to health care delivery and to promote the advancement of professional  nursing practice.
12. Explain the importance of legal issues relative to responsibility and accountability in nursing practice.
13. Describe historical, social, and educational perspectives that influence the nursing profession today
14. Participates in evidence-based research in collaboration with other members of the healthcare team to improve patient outcomes

Assessment Measures

May include but are not limited to:

Exams; Quizzes
Project, Individual or Group
Care Plan
Oral Presentations
Class Participation
The course grade is determined by an evaluation of the extent to which the student meets the stated course objectives. Students must have a minimum of 80% (“C”) in theory, measured through testing. Other written or class participation work will be included in the final grade after the minimum 80% (“C”) has been attained through testing.

Other Course Information

Additional charges may apply to attend mandatory events.

Honor Code: By accepting admission to Radford University, each student makes a commitment to understand, support, and abide by the University Honor Code without compromise or exception. Violations of academic integrity will not be tolerated. This class will be conducted in strict observance of the Honor Code. Refer to your Student Handbook for details.

Students with Disabilities: If you are seeking classroom accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you are required to register with the Disability Resource Office (DRO). The DRO is located in Room 32, Tyler Hall, telephone 540-831-6350. To receive academic accommodations for this class, please obtain the proper DRO forms and meet with me no later than the second week of the semester.

Attendance: For Attendance policies and other course-related requirements, see School of Nursing Undergraduate Student Handbook and Course Description.

Review and Approval

Date Action Reviewed by
February 2011, Kim Carter, Director