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GNSG 5050 | Lean Six Sigma | 1 credit | 8 weeks

This course is designed to give the learner an overview of Lean Six Sigma methodology; with an emphasis on healthcare quality applications and initiatives. It is intended to give the learner a basic understanding of Lean Six Sigma principles and tools to prepare them for participation in Quality Initiatives in their organization.  Upon successful completion of the course the learner will earn a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt certificate.

GNSG 5300 | Research & Evidence Based Practice for Advance Nursing Practice | 5 credits | 8 weeks

The course will focus on evidence-based practice as a framework for advanced nursing practice.  The use of research and evidence-based nursing processes to improve clinical practice and decision making in the health care setting will be explored in depth.  This course will include an emphasis on developing clinical questions, acquiring evidence, appraising evidence and synthesis of findings and measurement of outcomes.

GNSG 5100 | Nursing Science and Theory for the Advanced Practice Nurse | 5 credits | 8 weeks

This course focuses on critical analyses of theory and its’ use for advanced nursing practice. Nursing’s scientific body of knowledge is examined through consideration of selected nursing models, theories, and constructs. Selected theories, models, and concepts from social and behavioral sciences, which enhance nursing as a scientific discipline, are also considered. The inter‐relationship between theory, practice and research is examined and various methods for developing scientific knowledge for practice are explored. Application of theoretical frameworks to nursing practice is emphasized as the student’s chosen theoretical base for the identification and development of nurse-led evidence-based changes in a chosen healthcare setting.

GNSG 6550 | Role of the Adv Practice Nurse in Transformation of Practice | 5 credits | 8 weeks

In this course, the role of the educator and leader as change agent will be emphasized as it relates to the scope and standards of professional leadership and education practice and within the context of using the best evidence to inform the role of leader and educator and transform practice. This course culminates in the completion of a scholarly Graduate Project Proposal and overview of the project via a scholarly and professional audio-video presentation.

GNSA 5800 | Healthcare Finance Management | 5 credits | 8 weeks

This is an overview course that will provide an in-depth introduction of healthcare accounting and finance. This course is intended to give those who seek to manage health care organizations the accounting and financial management foundation they need to assure that their organizations produce information that will support their responsibility to make necessary and sound decisions. The course will focus on the operations of health care organizations such as not for profit and for profit hospitals, physician groups and other healthcare agencies including how these organizations use accounting and financial systems for decision making. In this course, we will examine the healthcare organization as a management function and the basic principles of accounting followed by financial statement analyses, cost accounting, cost shifting, budgeting, managing accounts receivable, materials management and healthcare economics. We will examine these topics and their use in planning, control, evaluation and “real life” work examples. The course covers all the essential functions in health care accounting and financial operations that would be experienced throughout the healthcare industry, except for the insurance business and those entities which have special and additional requirements for being for-profit. During the course the participants will carefully construct what the accounting and finance department is expected to accomplish. The course objectives are reinforced through the lecture/PowerPoint presentations and supplemental readings, significant group discussion forums, abstracts, homework problem sets, a case study, and a final presentation. 

GNSG 6650 | Human Resources Ethics Policy and Law | 5 credits | 8 weeks

This course provides a focused examination of Strategic Human Resources management.  Human Resources Management is an essential skill for nurses in healthcare leadership positions and focuses on talent acquisition, training and development, coaching, organizational effectiveness, diversity and inclusion, and a healthy work environment.  Additionally, students will examine employment law, ethics and safety.  The course will culminate with a broader examination of ethical and legal dilemmas faced by health care leaders.  The formation of governmental policy is reviewed and the role of leaders in advocating for healthcare and professional needs.

GNSG 6300 | Strategic Leadership in Healthcare | 5 credits | 8 weeks

This course is designed to prepare nurses for executive administrative and leadership positions in a variety of complex health care settings.  The focus is on how the nurse executives and leaders create and maintain a dynamic healthy work environment through the use of program development, project implementation, fiscal design, informatics, and staff education while examining the art and practices of strategic leadership within an organization.  In addition, this course will provide an overview of teaching methods and learning theories to support effective educational programs for individuals (patient population), communities, and health professionals.

GNSG 6725 | Informatics in Healthcare | 5 credits | 8 weeks

In this course the significance of informatics as a part of effective practice and research in advanced practice nursing is examined as learners explore the use of technologies and information systems to enhance, strengthen and improve quality of care and patient safety. Content focuses on information systems relating to patient outcomes, safety, quality improvement, and clinical decision making.  Consideration is also given to administrative systems supporting nursing leadership planning and decision making, as well as the legal and ethical issues emergent from the use of technology in healthcare. Application to practice is explored through face-to-face interviews with nursing and informatics leaders in the practice setting.

GNSG 6355 | Internship | 3 credits | 8 weeks

This course is designed to prepare nurses for executive and leadership positions in a variety of complex health care settings. The focus is on how the nurse executives and leaders create and maintain a dynamic work environment through the use of exceptional leadership practices, strategic planning, program development and evaluation, fiscal design and implementation, informatics and other resources. Through the use of an integrated internship with an approved leadership mentor, the students will experience first-hand executive leadership. In addition, the student will complete a project for their mentor that requires the skills of a master’s prepared nurse which highlights their acquired knowledge and skills. The individualized internship builds on the previous courses and the student’s special interests, prior experience and personal strengths and weakness.  The internship includes on-site hours, conference hours, and completion of a mutually agreed upon project for the mentor.

Total credits: 39

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