Nursing Leadership Syllabus

Credits

Course Description

NURS 450 provides RN to BSN learners with opportunities to understand and analyze leadership and management within nursing and nursing practice by creating a clinical project. This course was created for the mid-level or potential mid-level manager at the BSN level of education and should give the learner a good background in becoming a charge nurse, mid-level coordinator, etc.

The ideas of caring relationships built into the role and responsibilities of nursing management will be explored, and learners will gain understanding, skills, and strategies to facilitate professional nursing practice, effectively lead individuals, and manage human resource functions within healthcare agencies.

For this course you will complete a clinical project of your choosing.

Prerequisites

Admittance to the BSN Nursing Program.

Materials

There are two books that will be used for this course:

Required

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Other

The BYU-Idaho Department of Nursing: Student Handbook contains a variety of information about the program, as well as information concerning the university's grading criteria, policies, and procedures. Throughout the program, references will be made to this syllabus, so students should be sure to review it as a reference.

Policies

Attendance: By participating in this class, you will learn the components of what it takes to be a safe, competent nurse leader. During the semester, the learner will gain insight on how other learners feel and learn theory and application from others as well. Students will be required to participate in the discussion board weekly, report on the given topic for that week, and interact with what others have discussed.

Course Policies: All assignments are due as designated in the course calendar and must be completed to pass this course. There will be a 5% per day penalty for any late work, since it is not fair to students who sacrifice weekly to get their assignments in on time. If you have extenuating circumstances such as a serious illness, personal injury, death in your immediate family, etc., please contact your instructor as soon as possible. If there is any academic dishonesty, the student may be dismissed from the nursing program and/or school.

Quizzes: There will be weekly quizzes to assess your understanding of the reading assignment from the lesson.

Clinical: You will complete two preclinical assignments and a final project. The final project will consist of completing a health-related project in your workplace or community that will be of benefit to others. The clinical project is meant to teach you leadership and management skills.

Papers: These assignments are to be typed. Part of your grade will be dependent upon your ability to use English correctly, organize your work, and use correct spelling and punctuation. APA format (9:31; APA format HTML Transcript, APA format RTF Transcript) is to be used for your papers. Please include a title page with a header, page number, running head, name, course number, and assignment name as well as a reference page for your citations. Please do not include a table of contents or an abstract. On the final page of these assignments, you must add the honesty statement (found in the Right of Ownership document) and accompany it with your electronic signature and date.

Technology Requirements: High-speed internet connection. Students should have a reliable internet service provider with speeds suitable for streaming video and accessing large files. These speeds are most often delivered by cable, DSL, or satellite. Students with dial-up connections will still be able to use I-Learn, but please be aware that neither system will operate quickly with low speeds. The minimum average connection speed recommended is 640 kbps.

Software Needed for Submitting Assignments: All assignments must be composed digitally and turned in through I-Learn. This will require productivity software like Microsoft Office or OpenOffice. Assignments can typically be submitted in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint or Rich Text Format. Assignments should never be submitted in Microsoft Works because faculty members cannot open files created in Works. Students should always check with their instructors concerning acceptable formats before submitting assignments.

Course Outcomes

Course Outcome 1: Students will exhibit professional integrity through collegial and academically stimulating dialogue, on specific nursing topics in discussion boards, clinical assignments, and projects. (UO 1; PO 2; QSEN: Teamwork and Collaboration; BE, I, II, III, IV)

  1. Course Assessment:
    1. Weekly Discussion Boards
    2. Clinical Papers (Formal Papers on Clinical Topics)
    3. Quizzes
    4. Project Presentation (PowerPoint, Prezi, Video)
    5. End-of-Course Evaluation

Course Outcome 2: Students will continue research utilizing Evidence Based Practice regarding leadership and management skills in healthcare settings. (UO1&5; PO 2&5; QSEN: Evidence Based Practice; BE II, III, V, VI)

  1. Course Assessment:
    1. Weekly Discussion Boards
    2. Clinical Papers (Formal Papers on Clinical Topics)
    3. Quizzes
    4. Project Presentation (PowerPoint, Prezi, Video)
    5. End-of-Course Evaluation

Course Outcome 3: Using Evidence Based Practice designs, coordinate, implement and evaluate comprehensive projects and assignments to include leadership and management strategies related to impacting patient care. (UO2 & 3; PO 1; QSEN: Evidence Based Practice, Teamwork and Collaboration, Quality Improvement, Patient-Centered Care; BE: II, III, VIII, IX)

  1. Course Assessment:
    1. Papers (Formal Papers on Clinical Topics)
    2. Quizzes
    3. Project Presentation (PowerPoint, Prezi, Video)
    4. End-of-Course Evaluation

Course Outcome 4: Collaborate and verify with peers, faculty, health care professionals, and community members in the decision making process related to leadership projects. (UO 4; PO 1,2,&3; QSEN: Teamwork and Collaboration, Evidence Based Practice; BE: II, III, VI, VII, VIII)

  1. Course Assessment:
    1. Weekly Discussion Boards
    2. Papers (Formal Papers on Clinical Topics)
    3. Quizzes
    4. Project Presentation (PowerPoint, Prezi, Video)
    5. End-of-Course Evaluation

Course Outcome 5: Students will develop leadership and management skills by creating and developing clinical projects and analyzing models of leadership. (UO 5&6; PO 2&5; QSEN: Evidence Based Practice; BE: II, III, VIII)

  1. Course Assessment:
    1. Weekly Discussion Boards
    2. Clinical Papers (Formal Papers on Clinical Topics)
    3. Quizzes
    4. Project Presentation (PowerPoint, Prezi, Video)
    5. End-of-Course Evaluation

Course Outcome 6: : Students will develop world-wide service by analyzing strategies to respond to the impact of educational diversity, to include certifications and licensure, and the role of nurse leaders in healthcare. (UO 6; PO 2, 4 & 5; QSEN: Teamwork and Collaboration, Evidence Based Practice; BE: I, II, III, IV, VI, VIII, IX)

  1. Course Assessment:
    1. Weekly Discussion Boards
    2. Papers (Formal Papers on Clinical Topics)
    3. Quizzes
    4. Project Presentation (PowerPoint, Prezi, Video)
    5. End-of-Course Evaluation

Course Outcome 7: Students will demonstrate patient advocacy and respect for people as unique individuals with differing beliefs and cultural backgrounds by analyzing and developing strategies to respond to the needs of diverse populations. (UO 6; PO 2, 4 & 5; QSEN: Evidence Based Practice, Teamwork and Collaboration, Quality Improvement, Patient-Centered Care; BE: I, II, III, IV, VI, VIII, IX)

  1. Course Assessment:
    1. Weekly Discussion Boards
    2. Papers (Formal Papers on Clinical Topics)
    3. Quizzes
    4. Project Presentation (PowerPoint, Prezi, Video)
    5. End-of-Course Evaluation

Outline

Topical Course Outline
Week 2
Leadership & Management
Chapter 1
Week 8
Motivation, Power & Conflict, and Delegation
Chapters 9, 10, & 24
Week 3
Professional Practice Skills
Chapters 4, 5, & 6
Week 9
Team Building
Chapters 8, 11, & 23
Week 4
Organizational Climate, Culture, & Structure
Chapters 3, 13, & 15
Week 10
Financial Management
Chapter 20, 21, & 22
Week 5
Data & Strategic Management
Chapters 19, 26, & 27
Week 11
Innovation & Safety
Chapters 2, 17, & 25
Week 6
Case Management
Chapter 12
Week 12
Measuring & Managing Outcomes
Chapter 18
Week 7
Communication
Chapters 7 & 16
Week 13
Self-Leadership and Shared Governance
Chapter 14

Grading Policies

BYU-Idaho grading guidelines for letter grades A–F, as established by the BYU-Idaho Department of Nursing, are located below. The learner should read and become familiar with the grading guidelines and discuss questions concerning the instructor’s grading policy with the instructor. At the conclusion of the course, learners must meet a "C-" on their theory grade and "C-" on their clinical grade to pass this course. Any grade below a "C-" is considered a failure.

Identification on All Assignments:

The expectation for the Department of Nursing is that all assignments submitted online or otherwise are clearly identified with the following information:

Note: Points will be deducted for improperly labeled work.

A 93–100 C 76–77
A- 90–92 C- 74–75
B+ 87–89 D+ 70–73
B 84–86 D 65–69
B- 80–83 D- 60–64
C+ 78–79 F below 60

Quizzes

Explanation: These weekly quizzes will help you assess your understanding of reading from the lesson.

Papers

Explanation: Consists of longer papers as well as a book report.

Reports

Explanation: Reports are similar to papers, but should take less time to complete.

Discussion Boards

Explanation: Discussion boards will include your initial posts to the discussion board as well as responses to your fellow classmates.

Clinical Project

Explanation: Clinical assignments have several different requirements. Refer to the course content for more details.

Disclaimers

Overriding areas of concern: Overriding areas of concern for the Department of Nursing include: (1) demonstrating the BYU-Idaho Honor Code in all behaviors, and (2) providing safety for self and others consistently. Violation of an overriding area of concern will result in dismissal from the program.

The Department of Nursing fully supports the University policy on Academic Honesty (see catalog: Academic Probation, Dismissal). Cheating, dishonesty, plagiarism or misrepresenting a situation in any way will constitute a violation that will result in dismissal from the nursing program. A student dismissed from the program due to violation of one of the overriding areas of concern is not permitted to reapply to the nursing program.

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