Leadership in Nursing

Course Details

Course Number: NURS 4304  Section Number: 201

Spring 2011

Location: Dillard College of Business Administration

Classroom Number: 101

Days & Times:

 T/TH 1-2:50 pm

Course Attachments

Schedule  Leadership Calendar sp2011-20120329-154751.pdf


Leadership & Management in Nursing
  ISBN: 0131138693

Elsevier Curriculum Test Code for Senior I Level
Required - Testing Package for final exam
MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Kathleen Roberts   
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Course Objectives


1. Analyze theories of management/leadership in professional nursing practice.

2. Utilize the components of the problem-solving and decision-making processes.

3. Examine principles of change theory, motivation, and creativity in relation to organization and management in nursing.

4. Implement concepts of group theory and dynamics.

5. Demonstrate responsibility in self-direction.

6. Describe cost containment methods and the budgeting role of the manager.

7. Analyze selected situations and select performance evaluation procedures.

8. Examine legal, social, and ethical trends which impact on the organization and the delivery of health care.

9. Identify research findings applicable to leadership/management situations.

Course Expectations

201Required Textbook:

1.  Finkelman, A. W. (2006). Leadership and management in nursing. Upper Saddle River NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.

2.  Elsevier Curriculum Test Code for Senior I Level

Grading Scale:

Grades will be reported in whole numbers.  Grades will not be rounded.









64 and below


 Evaluation Methods:                                                                            Exam Dates:

Individual Exam (4 exams @ 10% each)



Exam 1

Feb 17

 Clinical Change Project Paper


Exam 2

March 10

Online Discussions


Exam 3

April 7

Clinical Journal


Exam 4

May 5

Final Exam


Final Exam

May 11 (1-3pm)



Paper Due

 April 28


Breakout of Clinical Hours:



Online Discussions


Clinical experience (journals)




 Average Time Commitment:

  This course requires four (4) lecture hours and one (1) clinical practicum hour weekly.  Standard university out of class preparation calculations are three (3) hours of preparation for every credit hour.  Therefore, the average student can expect to spend 12 hours a week reading in preparation for class work and doing out of class assignments.

 Clinical Requirements: 

Clinical experiencesare focused upon leadership concepts and skills required in the clinical environment. Clinical requirements will be fulfilled by participating in nursing care and interacting with clinical staff in scheduled Family Health Nursing I, II and/or Pediatrics clinical courses.  Students will submit a journal that documents the clinical experience.  Journal guidelines for each concept/skill listed below are found in Appendices 1-4.  Journals will be submitted as a Word document via the assignment drop boxes in webCT.

      Teamwork/Communication                       Delegation               

        Decision Making                                          Conflict Management             

    Students are expected to be punctual and attend all clinical experiences.  Students are responsible for notifying their clinical lab instructor (and/or preceptor in the case of independent clinical rotations) if they are to be tardy or absent.  Notification must be prior to the scheduled time of clinical experience and arrangements for rescheduling the experience must be made ASAP. 

Change Project:Students will also participate in a group clinical policy change project.  This project includes a paper, presentation and journal.  Ten (10) clinical hours are dedicated to this paper, presentation and journal. 

Students will be assigned to project groups by the instructor.  Each group will draft a clinical policy change that is based on the 2010 National Patient Safety Goals  found at:http://www.jointcommission.org/NR/rdonlyres/868C9E07-037F-433D-8858-0D5FAA4322F2/0/July2010NPSGs_Scoring_HAP2.pdf  Each group must obtain approval of their policy change topic from their clinical instructor.

Groups will meet to draft their policy change AND to develop a written implementation plan for the policy change in their clinical agency.  This plan will be based upon change theory discussed in class.  The implementation plan will be presented in a formal paper that describes the need for the policy change, the plan for the change and details of how barriers, personnel and organizational constraints are considered

Each group will present their change project to the class. 

Grading criteria for each portion of this project are found at Appendices 5 & 6.   

Final Exam5/11/2011  1-3

Submission Format Policy

All papers will be submitted in APA, 5th edition format

Note: 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.

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.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Submission of assignments on time is expected.  The acceptance of late assignments will be handled on an individual basis.  However, the instructors reserve the right to refuse any assignments submitted past due dates.

Other Policies

Additional Course Requirements:

1. Faculty reserves the right to make changes to this course and this syllabus at any time during this semester.

2. Students must maintain satisfactory health as determined by faculty consensus.

3. Students must earn a grade of “C” in the course.

4. Clinical performance, campus and/or clinical laboratory, will be evaluated.  Students are required to pass both clinical and classroom components of the course.  Failure in either one will constitute failure in the course.

5. Students must have a validated current immunization record and validated Health and Liability Insurance as described in the BSN Student Handbook.

6. If a student is to be absent from an exam, he/she must notify a course instructor (Dr. Roberts) at least two hours prior to the exam.   Failure to comply with this policy will result in a “0" for the exam.  The scheduled make up dates for exams are October 15 and December 3 at 1:00 pm in BH 108. Test construction for make-up exams may differ from the scheduled exams.

7. Students must complete all of the components of the course to pass.  Failure to complete any component will constitute failure in the course.

8. Consistent with the university policy to allow each faculty member the freedom and responsibility to create a quality learning environment for all students, the faculty member may dismiss a student from class for unacceptable behavior, excessive tardiness and/or excessive absences, or lack of a reasonable effort.  A student dismissed for these reasons will be given a course grade of “F” (or “W” when available).

9. Submission of assignments on time is expected.  The acceptance of late assignments will be handled on an individual basis.  However, the instructors reserve the right to refuse any assignments submitted past due dates.

  American Disability Act (ADA)

Midwestern State University (MSU) does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s disability and complies with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act in its admission, accessibility and employment of individuals in programs and activities.

 MSU provides academic accommodations and auxiliary aids to individuals with disabilities, as defined by law, who are otherwise qualified to meet academic and employment requirements. For assistance call (940) 397-4618 or 397-4515.

 Please see the instructor outside of class to make any arrangements involving special accommodations.

 It is the student’s responsibility to declare any disabilities. After declaration, preferably at the beginning of each semester, the student needs to contact individual instructors to determine any reasonable accommodations that may be required.

Failure Policy:

The faculty reserves the right to recommend withdrawal of a student from the nursing program for health, legal, or academic reasons, particularly if patient care is jeopardized to the Program Chair and Dean.  In addition, the student must perform within the ANA Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.

Academic Integrity:

The BSN Program does not condone cheating in any form and considers it a serious offense.  Cheating is defined by the faculty to include dishonesty on examinations and plagiarism.  Plagiarism is further defined as “the act of using source materials of other persons (either published or unpublished) without following the accepted techniques of crediting, or the submission for credit of work not the individual’s to whom credit is given.”  (MSU Student Handbook, Standards of Conduct, Item 10).  Offending material that may constitute plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the following, bibliography cards, formal papers, book reports, written nursing care plans, etc.  For further information regarding cheating and any subsequent actions to be taken, please refer to the policy statement in the BSN Student Handbook.

Plagiarism Statement

 By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” to all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course.  The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality, and for educational purposes.

Electronic Devices:  All beepers, phones, and other electronic communication devices are to be muted or turned off during class and/or lab activities.

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 http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.