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Nursing Leadership and Administration - Courses

NSG 520 | Research Methods | 3 credits

This course emphasizes the theoretical concepts relevant to research methods that are used by nurses and other health care providers engaged in research and health care services. The course will begin with a review of concepts important to all research. After a review of the research process, quantitative and qualitative research approaches will be reviewed including: problem statement, research question, literature review, ethical considerations, research methodology and data collection, and management of data. Emphasis is on understanding and using appropriate methods and procedures to address problems of interest to nurse leaders and nurse educators. The role of theory and ethical issues involved in the conduct of research is addressed. Prerequisite: None

NSG 535 | Research for Advanced Nursing Practice | 3 credits

The course will focus on advanced critical analysis and utilization of nursing research via evidence-based nursing practice models and will include an emphasis on synthesizing evidence as a scholarly practice endeavor.  The students’ understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methodology as well as examination of the role of the nurse leader and educator in relation to nursing research and evidence-based nursing practice continues to be developed.  Translation of evidence into the practice setting is addressed in depth. The use of research and evidence-based nursing processes to improve decision-making in the health care setting will be explored in depth. Prerequisite: NSG 520

NSG 510 | Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice | 3 credits

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. Foundational to this course is the exploration of the ontological and epistemological issues central to theoretical thinking which include the art of critical thinking in nursing, the process of concept formulation and theory building. The inter-relationship between theory, practice and research is examined and various methods for developing scientific knowledge for practice are explored. Application of nursing theories to nursing practice is emphasized as the student’s chosen theoretical base for advanced practice is identified and developed. Prerequisite: NSG 520, NSG 535

NSG 550 | Advanced Professional Role Development | 3 credits

Students will examine the multiple roles of the master’s prepared nurse leader and educator in today’s complex health care environment. The role of the educator and leader as change agent will be explored within the context of using the best evidence to inform the role of leader and educator and transform practice.

MNE 655/MNA 650 | Graduate Project | 3 credits

The purpose of the graduate project is to identify a clinical problem, analyze the problem, and propose an evidence-based change to address the problem. Students will choose problems within their area of clinical specialty, thoroughly review and analyze the available literature/information, identify the current best practices and, using a change theory/evidence-based practice model, propose a change that would lead to improved quality and safety for patients. The student will include measureable outcomes to evaluate the practice change in the proposal. The proposal will be developed as a substantive, formal paper in addition to a professional poster design and power point presentation, which prepares the student to deliver a professional presentation appropriate to a number of settings (e.g. academic, practice, continuing education).

MNA 610 | Human Resources in Health Care Organizations | 3 credits

This course provides a focused examination of strategic Human Resources management that creates value and delivers results in health care through the review of the strategic framework necessary for Human Resources management decision-making. Human Resources Management is concerned with ensuring that qualified, motivated, human capital is available to staff the multitude of business units that are operated within health care organizations. As such, this course will have a primary focus on talent management (talent acquisition, training and development, coaching, organizational effectiveness, diversity and inclusion, culture, employee relations, employee development, and retention). In addition, this course will examine compensation, benefits, labor unions, employment law, ethics and safety, careers in health care, terminations, and trends in Human Resources. To meet the requirements of the Human Resources strategic framework, both traditional and non-traditional Human Resources management initiatives and practices will be studied and examined.

MNA 540 | Health Care Finance | 3 credits

This course will provide a thoughtful and integrated overview of financial fundamentals and the required leadership competencies to execute sound financial performance in healthcare. Most importantly, this course will provide practical applications along with tested theories that can be used in any healthcare setting. The academic objectives for this course are to provide the students with tools and techniques that can be applied in their day to day work environment. It is imperative that healthcare leaders have the ability to demonstrate communication and collaboration with all members of the healthcare team, in order to be successful leaders in the 21st century. Providing the students with the ability to discuss core values and leadership principles is paramount in being able to deliver optimal financial results. These concepts and terms will be encompassed in all lectures throughout this module. Understanding financial fundamentals and how to use proven methods to reach desired targets within healthcare will be the main objective of this module. During this course the participants will carefully construct an operating, long range planning document, aspects of a strategic plan and a business plan.

MHA 580NA | Healthcare Finance Management | 5 credits

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 healthcare organizations the accounting and financial management foundation they need to ensure that their organizations produce information that will support their responsibility to make necessary and sound decisions. The course will focus on the operations of healthcare 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 presentations and supplemental readings, significant group discussion forums, homework problem sets, a case study, article abstract, and a final paper and presentation. Prerequisites: Modules 1-3.

NSG 505 | Lean Six Sigma for Healthcare | 1 credit

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 earner will earn a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt certificate. Prerequisites: NSG 510, 520, 535 or MS in Nursing.

MNA 620 | Informatics in Nursing | 3 credits

In this course the significance of informatics as a part of effective practice and research in nursing is examined. Students examine emerging trends in information technology and acquire the knowledge to understand the modern healthcare IT environment. Students, applying knowledge from assigned readings, will be introduced to the theoretical underpinnings of nursing informatics, the practice of nursing informatics, and the ethical issues in nursing and health care informatics. The course includes email, electronic discussion forums, worldwide web, and internet assignments.

NSG 600 | Health Care Policy Ethics & Law | 3 credits

This course presents a review of the ethical and legal dilemmas faced by health care providers and administrators. The values underlying the development of the health care system in the United States are explored in depth. The formation of governmental policy, state and federal, is reviewed. Health policy’s impact on and regulation of health care delivery in the United States is examined. Application of ethical decision-making is explored.

MNA 625 | Nurse Leader: Educational Responsibilities | 3 credits

This course introduces the nursing leadership and administration student to their role in supporting, developing, administering, and evaluating educational programs to foster health promotion and teaching in the practice arena. 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. Students will explore the nurse leader’s role in facilitation of the development, design, implementation and evaluation of educational programs. Assessment of information sources within the area of practice to address health literacy and accessibility for individuals, families and communities will be explored.

MNA 635 | Enlightened & Strategic Leadership in Nursing with Integrated Internship | 6 credits

The course is designed to prepare nurses for leadership and executive administrative positions in a variety of complex health care settings. The focus is on the nursing leaders and executives creating and maintaining a dynamic work environment by using planning, development, program evaluation, fiscal design and implementation, informatics and other resources. In addition, this course will examine the art and practices of strategic leadership within an organization. This course builds on the previous 10 modules and explores theories, research, and state of the art practices regarding the current issues facing nurse executives. The content will include advanced theories of leadership and management, ethical decision-making, health care policy, emotional intelligence, organizational assessment, performance evaluation, the role of the nurse executive and nurse leaders in strategic leadership, strategic planning, implementation of a strategic plan and monitoring progress. An internship will provide an organizational-based experience for the student to apply administrative and management knowledge and skills. The individualized internship builds on the previous courses and the student’s special interests, prior experience and personal strengths and weaknesses. The internship includes on-site hours, conference hours, and completion of a professional portfolio. Students will complete an organizational assessment of environmental satisfaction, financial stability, resource allocation, and resource utilization.

Total credits: 39

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