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
- Quality Improvement Manager
- Safety Manager
- Risk Manager
180 Clinical Hours
Completion Time: 6 Semesters
One, 2-day, On-Campus Immersion
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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 - Healthcare Quality Improvement and Safety Management - 3 credits
This course prepares nurses as healthcare leaders to acquire the essential skills, values and principles necessary to facilitate an environment of quality and safety in a variety of complex healthcare delivery settings. Course content focuses on creating highly-reliable organizations and the establishment of a just-culture. The course emphasizes strategies and methodologies in the application of research and evidence-based practices to strive for excellence, improve quality and increase patient safety in all aspects of healthcare. National initiatives and agencies responsible for quality outcome measures and organizational accountability will be explored.
NURS 644A - Business of Healthcare Management - 3 credits
This course prepares nurses as healthcare leaders to acquire the skills essential to financially manage a variety of complex healthcare delivery settings. Course content focuses on the financial concepts of accounting, budgets, coding, cost allocation, reimbursement, productivity and capital expenses.
NURS 645A - Legal, Regulatory, and Ethical Healthcare - 3 credits
This course prepares nurses as healthcare leaders to apply legal, ethical, and regulatory principles in a variety of complex healthcare delivery settings. Systems theory provides a framework for examining legal and regulatory actions influencing delivery of care, patient and employee rights and responsibilities, quality management, accreditation and patient safety and risk management. The course utilizes healthcare policy as a framework to analyze, monitor and maintain legal, ethical and regulatory compliance.
NURS 634A - Nursing Leadership Practicum - 2-3 credits
This practicum course prepares nurses as healthcare leaders with the opportunity to integrate leadership and theoretical knowledge from previous didactic courses to gain hands-on expertise. Students have the opportunity to achieve competencies as nurse leaders in the areas of communication, knowledge of the healthcare environment, leadership, professionalism and business skills, as outlined by the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE). This individualized practicum experience will take place in one or more pre-approved healthcare settings under the guidance of an approved expert clinical preceptor for the completion of 120-180 clinical practicum hours. Students will develop objectives for learning and identify specific activities to meet these objectives; one objective will focus on a practicum project. Students are required to attend a two-day on-campus immersion.
NURS 683A: Nursing Leadership Practicum Extension - 1-2 credits
This course provides Nursing Leadership in Healthcare students the opportunity to continue to apply nursing leadership and healthcare management concepts while completing required practicum hours. Students will complete 1-2 credits of practicum (60-120 hours) in approved clinical settings while supervised by approved clinical preceptors.
Organizational Leadership Courses
ORGL 515 - Leadership and Human Potential - 3 credits
The growing emergence of the leader as an organizational change agent will be examined as well as the skills necessary for success. Topics include policy and practice within organizations; selecting, training, motivating, evaluating, and compensating employees; labor relations and applicable legislation.
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
This course is an examination of the foundation, principles and practice of servant-leadership. Servant-leadership is 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.