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NUR601 - Theory and Research in Nursing

This course explores the relationships between theory, nursing research, and nursing practice. The use of theory and research in the construction of a scientific knowledge base for nursing practice will be examined. Emphasis will be on the importance of research as a process for developing and examining practice-based questions, and evidence-based practice. The research process, with emphasis on the logic and processes of inquiry, design, data collection and analysis, and the interpretation, dissemination, and application of findings appropriate to nursing practice, will be reviewed. A critical analysis of nursing research and the methodological approaches utilized in the practice of nursing administration and leadership in health care will be conducted. Students will develop proposals for individual or group research projects relevant to their areas of interest. Prerequisite: Graduate status. (3 crs.)

NUR602 - Health Policy in Nursing

This course is intended to familiarize graduate nursing students with current health care policy and the roles and responsibilities, processes, and strategies which create and support policy-based initiatives in health care today, and the impact of policy on health care. Students will apply the concepts gained in this course in advocacy and leadership roles in search of creative solutions to pervasive issues in health care to culturally diverse populations. Prerequisite: Graduate status. (3 crs.)

NUR603 - Information Systems for Nurses in Health Care Organizations

This course is designed to introduce students to information systems in health care organizations. Students will examine, evaluate and utilize a variety of information systems available to the nurse administrator and leader in health care organizations. Use of information systems, standardized databases and statistics needed for population analysis is presented. During the course, students will compare and interact with information management applications related to administration, education, practice and research. Multimedia technology and software will be used for projects related to the student’s area of interest. Prerequisite: Graduate status. (3 crs.)

NUR604 - Population Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

This course explores the role of the master's-prepared nurse in integrating broad scientific, client-centered and culturally appropriate concepts in the planning, delivery and evaluation of evidence-based health promotion and prevention services and care to individuals, families, aggregates/identified populations and global communities. Models and principles from a wide variety of sources and disciplines are examined to assist students in the exploration and evaluation of existing programs and services and in proposing new interventions and strategies to meet identified needs. Prerequisites: Graduate status. (3 crs.)

NUR711 - Nursing Organization and Leadership Theory

This course is designed to provide nurse administrators and leaders with an understanding of organization, management and leadership theories as they apply to today’s healthcare delivery systems. In addition, students will explore leadership skills and decision-making in the provision of culturally responsive, high-quality nursing care, healthcare team coordination, and oversight and accountability for care delivery and outcomes. Students will demonstrate the ability to develop a strategic plan and incorporate a collaborative team. Prerequisite: Graduate status. (3 crs.)

NUR712 - Nursing Administration and Leadership Role

This nursing administration and leadership specialty course focuses on health care knowledge and transformational leadership skills and competencies essential to the role development of nurse leaders and administrators for the 21st century. Students discover how to develop high-performance practice areas and how the leadership role is advanced through mentorship and career development. Contemporary studies and models for leadership competency are explored, and students critically self-assess their own competence, developing action plans in those areas they perceive as deficient. The role of managing one’s personal resources in developing leadership competency is addressed. Students also gain competence in managing human resources. Concepts, models and principles of continuous quality improvement, tools and techniques for improving quality and performance are broadened. Students identify a quality topic and plan in preparation for completing the practicum project in NUR 813.

NUR714 - Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration

This course includes an introduction to the laws, regulations and court decisions covering the employment relationship, including labor-management relations, OSHA, EEOC, ERISA, ADA, etc. Health care law and an overview of practical ways to improve the quality and safe delivery of nursing care in health care organizations will also be reviewed. This course explores the most pressing legal and ethical issues and concerns related to the delivery of patient care and the administration of nursing services. This course is structured to present theories of ethical practice, as well as issues of the law related to health care delivery. Prerequisite: Graduate status. (3 crs.)

NUR715 - Financial Management in Non-profit Healthcare Organizations

This course is intended to prepare students to effectively interact with financial management staff and participate in various aspects of financial control and planning in non-profit health care organizations. Included will be perspectives of financial management in health care, including trends in the industry and the forces that influence the financing of health care organizations. Financial statements, interpretation and analysis of financial reports, and topics such as cost-benefits analysis, budgeting, and capital management will also be addressed. Additional emphasis will be given to cost effectiveness and financial future of health care organizations.

NUR813 - Nursing Administration Role Practicum

This course provides students with the opportunity to synthesize and apply their understanding of nursing administration and leadership within and across complex integrated organizational and institutional boundaries. In this culminating experience, students plan, execute, and evaluate nursing practice within the context of the practice setting(s) or among a specific population of interest within the organization or in communities. Within the practice situation, students enact leadership roles to expand, enhance, and optimize positive outcomes. The learning experience consists of an administrative practicum and online seminars. This culminating experience of the graduate program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and competencies acquired throughout the program of study to actual and simulated practicum situations.