MSN - Nursing Leadership in Healthcare

The innovative Nursing Leadership in Healthcare (NLH) track is designed to provide aspiring and current nursing leaders the expertise needed to respond to the complex challenges of today’s evolving healthcare system.

An exciting feature of the recently revised NLH curriculum is the opportunity for students to take several leadership courses with students enrolled in the Master’s in Organizational Leadership program and to collaborate with this diverse group of professionals who are dealing with similar challenges in their organizations as those faced by nursing leaders. You will learn about Servant Leadership as a leadership philosophy that “fits” with Nursing’s core values and expand your understanding of organizational dynamics, but also focus on issues specific to nursing and healthcare.

Assuming a management role within a healthcare organization, whether as a charge nurse or director of a service line or department, requires clinical expertise, as well as people skills, the ability to work with others to solve complex problems and strategic thinking.

This program will help you to refine these skills, while giving you the tools to become an effective change agent, improve the quality of care, and advance your career. Upon completion of the Nursing Leadership in Healthcare track in Gonzaga’s MSN program, you will be prepared to assume leadership and administrative positions in inpatient, outpatient, and community-based healthcare settings.

Potential Career Tracks:

  • Clinical Nurse Manager
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Director of Nursing
  • Nurse Administrator
  • Executive Director
  • Care Mgmt. Coordinator
  • Health Director
  • Medical Director
  • Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Asst. Nurse Manager

Program Facts:

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

RN to MSN Option Available

Questions?
Contact: 

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

Heather Schmitt
Call or Text (509) 313-6240 or (866) 380-5323
Email: schmitth@gonzaga.edu

Courses

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 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 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.

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 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.

NURS 634A - Nursing Leadership in Healthcare Practicum - 3 credits

This practicum requires students to synthesize knowledge from the didactic courses into practical applications within health organization settings. There is a required two day, on campus immersion.

Organizational Leadership Courses

ORGL 515 - Leadership and Human Potential - 3 credits

Continuous innovation is critical to organizational health and happens when we find the keys to unlocking human potential. In this course, you will learn how to reframe attitudes and unlock creativity to find solutions to challenges in whole new way. Tap into your own ability to facilitate change and engage those around you to come up with new ideas. You will learn tools to address the frustrations sometimes present in group dynamics in any organization, including school groups, community organizations and fortune 500 companies. You will become familiar with the following strategies and interventions: design thinking, growth mindset, appreciative inquiry summit, future search, open space, and world café that will help you create a healthy interactions and organizational culture focused on growth.

ORGL 535 - Listen, Discern, Decide - 3 credits

In this class, you will learn more in-depth concepts of Servant-leadership by learning approaches and practices of listening and discernment as a way of enhancing decision-making capacity. The course begins with a focus on interior and exterior listening. Listening and awareness techniques are then integrated with the principles and practices of discernment. The course progresses from a focus on the individual, to group, to listening and discerning and decision making in organizations and communities.

Required Elective - Choose 1 

ORGL 600 - Foundations of Leadership - 3 credits

This course is a foundation for learning and developing the practice of leadership. It includes investigating various theories of leadership and communication strategies leaders use in their practice. Students explore the self through multiple assessments and reflections, in relationship to individuals, groups and organizations. Students explore personal and relational dimensions of leadership in the context of multiple perspectives and develop a personal leadership growth plan including a personal leadership philosophy. Knowledge of the use of different types of written communication and scholarship is fostered in the Leadership discipline. The paradoxes and ambiguities of leadership are examined in various contexts.

ORGL 530 - Servant Leadership - 3 credits

The foundations of Servant-leadership are explored with an emphasis on reviewing the original writings, and on conceptualizing and articulating the philosophy through a clarification of what it is, and why Servant-leadership is relevant. Human development theories are used as theoretical frameworks for identifying criteria to assess servant-leaders and servant-organizations, and for understanding how they develop and function. Dialogue is encouraged as a way of integrating aspects of the philosophy with applied experience and gain insights into the students own leadership approach.

Program information subject to change.