MSN - Health Systems Leadership

Gonzaga's MSN in Health Systems Leadership incorporates knowledge from business, organizational behavior, quality improvement, health care law and nursing to teach you how to devise innovative solutions to today's complex health care problems. You will gain knowledge and competency in financial and human capital management and learn strategies for responding to the ethical and legal issues encountered in administrative roles.

Potential Career Tracks:

Clinical Manager
Medical Director
Director or Nursing
Health Director
Care Management Coordinator

Program Facts:

36 Credits
360 Clinical Hours
Completion Time: 6 Semesters
Online Courses
One, 2-day, On-Campus Immersion

RN to MSN Option Available

Questions?
Contact: 

Kathryn Callaghan
Call or Text (509) 313-6235 or (866) 380-5323
Email: callaghan@gonzaga.edu 

Amy Smith
Call or Text (509) 313-6243 or (866) 380-5323
Email: smitha2@gonzaga.edu

MSN-Health Systems Leadership Courses 

MSN Core Courses - 15 credits
Courses are 8 weeks in length

NURS 561 - Information Technology & Data Management - 3 credits

This course explores the many uses of information technology and data management. The course provides learners with the knowledge and skills in information and healthcare technology needed to enhance communication and interprofessional collaboration in the current healthcare environment. The process of locating, accessing, and analyzing information and data is applied to advanced practice roles, enhancing patient safety, quality and outcomes, and improving population health.

NURS 562 - Theoretical Foundations for Healthcare Improvement - 3 credits

This course provides a theoretical orientation to become change agents in a variety of healthcare settings and diverse practice populations. The course provides learners with a foundation in theories significant to nursing practice such as complex adaptive systems, organizational and change theory, leadership and team-building models, and quality improvement and care models needed to assess, design, plan, implement, and evaluate a quality improvement project to promote patient-centered care and improve program outcomes.

NURS 563 – Evidence-Based Practice for Quality and Safety - 3 credits

This course provides learners with a theoretical and practical foundation for identifying and critically appraising evidence from qualitative and quantitative research traditions. The emphasis is on the examination of the essential elements of evidence-based-practice, including the formulation of answerable questions to address quality improvement and safety in a variety of advance practice roles and the systematic search for research evidence that can be used to answer researchable questions.

NURS 564 - Contemporary Healthcare Environment - 3 credits

This course explores the ethical and legal principles of healthcare and their impact on accessible, affordable, and quality care. This course provides learners with a framework for discussing ethical and legal issues with an emphasis on the ethical delivery of care to individuals, families, and populations. The scope and standards of advanced nursing roles will be examined along with current issues and policies that address health care disparities, health care organizations, financing, and quality. Strategies for analyzing and influencing public, professional, and institutional policies related to health care and its delivery will be considered.

NURS 565 - Clinical Prevention for Diverse Populations - 3 credits

The focus of this course is on the development of health promotion and disease prevention programs for diverse groups and populations. Selected concepts of epidemiology, broad determinants of health, population health, clinical prevention and cultural competence will be examined as they relate to the design and delivery of equitable clinical prevention and health promotion interventions and/or services to individuals, families, communities, and aggregates clinical populations.

Health Systems Leadership Core - 15 credits
Courses are 8 weeks in length

NURS 641A -- Nursing Leadership Development - 3 credits

This course advances the student's understanding of concepts introduced in the common core with a focus on the role of the nursing leader within the complexity of healthcare organizations. Emphasis is placed on the development of a professional plan and portfolio that reflect the intentional selection of a personal model of nurse leadership. Consideration is given to the use of change management theories in promoting organizational as well as personal and professional changes.

NURS 642A -- Quality and Information Management - 3 credits

This course focuses on the information management skills essential for effective nursing leadership in complex healthcare settings. Topics to be addressed include clinical information systems, benchmarking, and quality monitoring.

NURS 643A -- Communication and Relationship Management - 3 credits

This course addresses the role of the nurse as a healthcare systems leader in developing and sustaining relationships with employees and other healthcare providers within complex healthcare environments. Course content will address communication strategies, relationship management, conflict management and negotiation skills, and evaluation. Concepts related to legal, regulatory, and ethical aspects of employee hiring, performance evaluation, and termination will be reviewed. Consideration will be given to succession management.

NURS 644A -- Health Care Management - 3 credits

This course focuses on the financial management skills essential for effective nursing leadership in complex healthcare settings. Topics to be addressed include financing, administrative, financial, cost accounting systems, and budget development and oversight.

NURS 645A -- Legal, Regulatory, and Ethical Healthcare - 3 credits

This course addresses the role of the nurse as a health systems leader in relation to legal, regulatory, and ethical considerations in health care environments. Complex adaptive systems is used as the framework for examining legal and regulatory constraints that affect care delivery, patient and employee rights and responsibilities, and quality management, including patient safety and risk management. Tension between legal and ethical guidelines will be explored.

Health Care Leadership Practicum Courses - 6 credits
Courses are 16 weeks

NURS 631A -- Health Systems Leader Practicum I - 1-3 credits

This practicum integrates knowledge from the didactic courses in the health organization setting.

NURS 632A -- Health Systems Leader Practicum II - 1-3 credits

This practicum integrates knowledge from the didactic courses in the health organization setting. Prerequisite: NURS 631A

NURS 633A -- Health Systems Leader Practicum III - 1-3 credits

This practicum integrates knowledge from the didactic courses in the health organization setting. Prerequisite: NURS 632A

One Required Immersion
There is a required two-day, on-campus immersion during the last practicum course. Practicum experiences are arranged by the student to meet identified learning needs.

Program information subject to change.