NUR 252B Leadership/Administration Practicum (3)

This is the first course in the Leadership/Administration practica series for students in the nursing Leadership/Administration track. This course is designed to assist the student in gaining practical knowledge, skills, and experience regarding the nursing leadership role in a variety of settings by precepting with a practicing nurse leader/administrator. The seminar portion of this course provides the student an opportunity to debrief and problem-solve with course faculty and other students. Entry-level competencies and behaviors identified in the American Organization of Nurse Executives' Competencies (AONE, 2005) will be emphasized throughout the practica series. It is expected that the student will be able to build on the knowledge, skills, and experience gained in the previous practicum course. This practicum course will concentrate on the competency areas of knowledge of the healthcare environment and business skills. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN program. Successful completion of NUR 201, 203, 240, 241, 247, 254, and 290. NUR 253 taken concurrently with NUR 252A. NUR 256 taken concurrently with NUR 252B.

NUR 253 Organizational Management in Health Care (3)

The student will gain knowledge in management theories and styles and be able to analyze management and leadership components that have useful application in the workplace. The process of communication and cultural diversity and its application in the professional work environment will be studied to prepare the student for management positions.  Aspects of organizational structures, human resources, ethics, quality management, quality improvement methods, decision making methods, and critical thinking will be examined so that the student begins to develop a foundation for use in their professional career. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN Program, graduate standing, and NUR 203 (may be taken concurrently).

NUR 254 Healthcare Finance (3)

This course will introduce the student to finance within the health care environment, including the budget development process, revenue sources, variable and fixed expenses. In addition, financial terms, ratios and uses will be covered so that the student develops the ability to read and understand financial reports, create variance reports, and communicate effectively with the finance departments. The course will also emphasize strategic planning and service line analysis as foundations to business development. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN Program, graduate standing, and NUR 203 (may be taken concurrently).

NUR 256 Organizational Change and Strategic Planning for Healthcare (3)

This course will present the concepts of organizational change, the principles and foundations of strategic planning, the components of the strategic planning process, and utilizing strategic planning as an effective tool in managing an organizational change. Completion of this course will enable students to identify the differences between critical thinking and strategic thinking, the similarities between the strategic planning process and the nursing process, and prepare and assist them in developing a strategic plan in an administrative role. The course is designed to include key strategies used in the development of a strategic plan, including a SWOT analysis (Strengths; Weaknesses; Opportunities; and Threats). Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN Program, graduate standing, and NUR 203 (may be taken concurrently).

NUR 290 Nursing Research and Methodologies (3)

This course constitutes an in-depth exploration of the research process and strategies. Discussion will surround both quantitative as well as qualitative designs. Students will also prepare the first three chapters of their project proposal. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN program. Successful completion of a mathematical statistics course or research course, NUR 201, and NUR 203.