NURS 520

Administrative Leadership in Nursing (3)

This course is the study of organizational behavior, management methods, and administrative processes in health care. The purpose of NURS 520 is to help prepare nurses for leadership positions in a variety of healthcare facilities, including, acute care, community, public health, mental health, and other settings. The focus is on the knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes required to be an effective nurse leader in today’s complex and dynamic health care system. In this course, leadership competencies of particular importance to front line and middle level nurse leadership positions that include administration responsibilities will be emphasized. Although not the focus of this course, we will also discuss executive leadership competencies during the term. Leadership development typically focuses on concepts organized according to: leading self; leading others; leading and managing change; and leading within complex healthcare systems. We will cover content related to these broad categories, and the learning goals for the course are associated with these categories.


  • Critically examine leadership theories
  • Explore  relational  capabilities  associated  with  effective  leadership  (e.g.,  emotional intelligence)
  • Analyze core competencies for administrative leadership
  • Identify the major roles and responsibilities associated with different leadership levels
  • Critically examine the concept of effective teamwork
  • Further develop strategies for managing conflict in the workplace
  • Analyze the theoretical underpinnings of effective change management and innovation
  • Identify the key change management strategies and tools associated with successful healthcare innovations
  • Explore healthcare finance, including business case development
  • Examine  the  impact  of  restructuring  and  redesign  (e.g., program  management)  on healthcare delivery
  • Critically  reflect  on  the  important  trends  influencing  leadership  within  complex healthcare settings, particularly quality and safety initiatives

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