Catalog 2018-2019 
    Feb 26, 2021  
Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

NURS 243 Leadership and Nursing Practice

3 credits
This course introduces the nurse student to the legal, ethical, and professional components of nursing. Included in the course is nursing history, growth of nursing, and current trends as applied to clinical and practice areas. Specialty areas within the profession will be presented and discussed. Nurse role as educator and leader, with a special emphasis on culturally competent care is explored.

Prerequisites: NURS 241 , NURS 242 .

Quarters Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring

Student Outcomes/Competencies:
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Holistically care for self, patients, colleagues, and community within an ethical, legal, and diverse framework within the scope of practice of the RN
    • Identify the contributions of early nursing leaders & theorists as applied to today’s practice (QSEN: Evidence-based Practice) (GO: Intercultural Appreciation)
    • Identify the ethical & legal parameters of RN practice in relation to care elements & documentation (QSEN: Teamwork & Collaboration, Safety, Quality)
    • Identify the elements of professionalism & their application to nursing practice & personal career
    • Explore the influence of personal & professional values on decision   making
    • Differentiate between the leader/manager’s responsibility to advocate for patients, subordinates, the employer, the profession & oneself
  • Demonstrate competency in educating and communicating with patients, families, interdisciplinary teams, and systems with a focus on quality health care promotion and functional patient centered outcomes
    • Describe how principles of leadership and management can be applied in nursing (QSEN: Safety, Quality, Teamwork & Collaboration)
    • Understand the RN scope of practice, including supervision & delegation in nursing leadership (QSEN: Teamwork & Collaboration) (GO: Teamwork)
    • Identify strategies for effective communication and dealing with intra and interpersonal conflict (QSEN: Teamwork & Collaboration) (GO: Communication, Teamwork)
    • Discuss change theory and strategies to implement positive change initiatives (QSEN: Teamwork & Collaboration, Quality Improvement, Evidence-based Practice) (GO: Teamwork)
  • Implement the nursing care process to demonstrate safe, competent and evidence-based care within a variety of settings using appropriate tools and technologies
    • Describe the nurse’s role in relation to regulatory, fiscal, & organizational issues (QSEN: Teamwork & Collaboration, Safety, Quality) (GO: Teamwork)
    • Identify current trends in nursing and healthcare (QSEN: Teamwork & Collaboration, Safety, Quality, Evidence-based Practice)
    • Identify the relationship between nursing process, problem solving & decision making (GO: Critical Thinking)
    • Describe the varied roles & practice specialties within nursing
  • Utilize clinical reasoning skills to synthesize patient assessment data, scientific knowledge, and pharmacology to safely manage a rapidly changing health care status
    • Identify factors that enhance effectiveness in achieving  organizational, personal, subordinate & client goals (QSEN: Quality, Teamwork & Collaboration, Safety) (GO: Teamwork)
    • Understand quality processes including, data tracking, trends, & root cause analysis (QSEN: Quality, Safety, Evidence-based Practice, Informatics)
    • Compare & contrast delivery of care models for efficiency & effectiveness of care delivery (QSEN: Teamwork & Collaboration) (GO: Teamwork)
  • Provide leadership to effectively collaborate and delegate with patient, family, interdisciplinary, systems administration and the wider community
    • Explain the RN role in regards to collaboration with patient, family,  colleagues, the healthcare team, administrators and the community at large (QSEN: Teamwork & Collaboration) (GO: Teamwork)
    • Identify current trends in nursing & health care

Total Hours: 30 Lecture Hours: 30