Nursing Administration: Synthesis and Application

Course Details

Course Number: NURS 6221/2  Summer I 2011

Location: Off-Campus

Days & Times:

Online course

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Susan Sportsman   
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Course Objectives



Explore theoretical/conceptual frameworks most often used in nursing administration and their nfluence on nursing and health care delivery.

Evaluate nursing administration research and its application in specific clinical settings.

Evaluate  the delivery of nursing services in regards to:

  1. Standards, philosophies, and guidelines of care
  2. Health Care Environment
  3. Practice models
  4. Patient management systems
  5. Outcomes management
  6. Budgetary implications
  7. Regulatory/accreditation/legal issues
  8. Staff competency assessment
  9. Patient Safety
  10. CQI/TQM processes in health care
  11. Strategic planning
  12. Ethics in administration

Evaluate the influence of cultural diversity in an organizational context.


Assess the legal, regulatory, and health policy implications of nursing administration.

Develop strategies for nurse executive role development.


Course Expectations

 Course Activities

 I.  The student will complete 135 clock hours in a clinical setting with a preceptor who has administrative responsibility in a health care organization.  During this time, students will be expected to complete four projects in each of the following areas:

  • Management of the environment, including human resource issues
  • Fiscal resource utilization
  • Patient care delivery
  • Quality or risk management

 Projects will be developed in collaboration with the faculty and the preceptor and should represent activities that are needed in the clinical site.  The grade on each of the four clinical projects will represent 10% of the student’s grade, for a total of 40%.  The student’s performance on these four projects will form the basis for the evaluation by the preceptor.

 For each of the four projects completed during the clinical experience, the student will submit an overview of the project to the instructor.  In a paper (maximum of 5 pages), the student should describe the goals/objectives of the project, the project outline, including the proposed/actual evaluation process.  The paper should also briefly include any theoretical/research findings that influenced the development of the project.  Barriers and suggested strategies to overcome them should be identified and the stakeholders’ positions regarding the project and strategies proposed/used to meet the stakeholder’s needs described. The implications for nursing practice should be addressed.

  Preceptor Evaluation:  The preceptor’s evaluation will constitute 20% of the student’s grade.

The preceptor will use the attached form to evaluate the student’s performance during the precepted experience.  At the end of the clinical experience, but no later than Monday, August 1st , 2011 the preceptor will send the evaluation form to the instructor at the following address:

  There is no assigned text for this course.  Instead, students will be expected to read selected articles and complete an abstract of the articles they choose to read.  The student should begin by reading the article “Nursing Administration Research” in the 2008 Journal of Nursing Administration (JONA) 38(5) 209-213.  Not only will this article give an overview of research related to nursing administration, but it will also give the student an example of how to write a research abstract.  As a template for the abstract, be sure to include the following points.

  • Title  and Author
  • Purpose of the study/article
  • Why is the study/topic important in nursing administration
  • Brief description of theoretical framework (if applicable), data collection and analysis, findings, recommendations
  • Ways in which the finding/recommendations might or not be applicable to your administrative practice.

 Students should read at least two  articles from each section.  Abstracts should be attached to the appropriate assignment no later than Friday 5 pm on the date indicated.  It is ESSENTIAL that students include each of the points listed above in their abstracts.  Please be specific regarding ways in which findings/recommendations might or might not be applicable to YOUR administrative practice.


Grading Standards


Course Grading


Four Clinical Projects (10%/project                                     40%

Abstracts of Reading Assignments                                   25%

Literature Review                                                                    15%

Preceptor Evaluation                                                               20%

Grading Scale                                              






64 and below=F

Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

No late assignments will be accepted.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

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Attendance Requirements

Online course.  Students must complete all assignments and document clinical hours required.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.