Nursing 640

NURS 640: Nursing Administration

Prerequisites: Graduate standing

Credit Hours: (3) Three hours seminar

This course is designed for students to examine theories, principles, and applications of roles, characteristics and functions related to nursing administration. The focus is on delivery of high-quality and cost-effective care in a fiscally constrained health care delivery system.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

1. Course overview and introduction to nursing management and administration.
2. Changes in health care delivery systems.
3. Roles, characteristics, and functions of nursing administration.
4. Roles, characteristics, and functions of nursing management.
5. Cost and quality effectiveness.
6. Management of human resources.
7. Health care financial management.
8. Opportunities for nursing administration and management.


Detailed Description of Course

This course will prepare the student to function in the role of a nurse manager or administrator within the health care delivery system. Students will explore various methods for successful operation within a highly competitive health care environment, while providing high-quality and cost-effective care. An emphasis will be placed on utilization and management of fiscal, technological, and human resources to ensure optimal system functioning. The classroom will provide a forum for analyzing theoretical components of management, and applying management techniques.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Synthesize the relationships between nursing administration, management, and the working environment.
2. Analyze the interface between nursing management of scarce resources and the current health care environment.
3. Correlate nursing administrative functions with the use of technology in managing the working environment.
4. Analyze management techniques used in the allocation of human resources.
5. Investigate methods used to maintain quality and cost-effective nursing departments.
6. Explain basic principles of health care financial management.
7. Explore opportunities for nurse managers and nurse administrators.


Assessment Measures

  • Participation in class discussions 10%
  • Formal paper: Selected topic 35
  • Job shadowing project 20%
  • Financial management project 20%
  • Human resources management project 15%


Other Course Information

Required text:

  • Rowland, H. S. & Rowland, B. L. (1992). Nursing Administration Handbook, (3rd ed.). Gaithersburg, MD: Aspen.


Review and Approval
Revised March 1999