Nursing Leadership

Course Details

Course Number: 4304  Section Number: 102

Fall 2013

Location: Dillard College of Business Administration

Classroom Number: 338

Course Attachments

Syllabus-fall 2013  NURS 4304 syllabus Fall 13-20130827-111337.docx


Essentials of nursing leadership & management
  ISBN: 978-1-133-93558-2

Critical Thinking in Nursing
  ISBN: 978-0-7817-4042-5

Reviews & rationales: Nursing leadership, managem
  ISBN: 978-0-1311-9601-8

Case applications in nursing leadership and manage  ISBN: 978-1-4018-3454-8

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Kathleen Roberts   
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Course Objectives

Course Objectives

AACN Essentials

DEC Competencies

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:



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


I: C,D




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


I: B, C, D




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


I: C



4. Implement concepts of group theory and dynamics.


I: C,D



5. Demonstrate responsibility in self-direction.


I: B,C,D



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


I: C


7. Analyze selected situations and select performance evaluation procedures.


I: B,C




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


I: A,B,C,D




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


I: C





Course Expectations

Mini-Paper Assignments:  Students will complete 4 final paper-related mini-paper assignments as part of the formal paper development process.  Each group will submit the paper, applying applicable theory and concepts discussed in class, in handouts and the textbook.  All group members are expected to participate in each assignment.  Each assignment will be graded using the applicable grading rubrics in the Appendices 1-5

Group work:  Each student will submit a group process evaluation form (appendix 5) via email to the course faculty member.  This is a reflection of the student’s own participation in the group.  This evaluation will be used for the group participation points found in each of the mini-paper assignments.

In-Class requirements


1.  All students are expected to be punctual for all classes.  Students may be excluded from the classroom if unprofessionally late to class

2.  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).

Change Project: Students will also participate in a group clinical policy change project.  This project includes participation in the development of the mini-paper assignments and a final paper.  Students will be assigned to project groups by the instructor.  The final paper will describe an evidence-based implementation plan based on the following national safety initiatives:

1) 2012 National Patient Safety Goals found at: and/OR

2) IHI  5 Million Lives Campaign:  ( Measures and tools)  AND:

  IHI Improvement Map found at :  

Each group must obtain approval of their policy change topic from their instructor.

Groups will meet to develop a written paper (implementation plan) for the policy change in their clinical agency.  This paper/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

Grading criteria for the paper are found at Appendix 6

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. 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 Oct 11th  and Dec 6th at 1:00 pm. Test construction for make-up exams may differ from the scheduled exams.

6. 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.

7.  All assignments will be submitted in APA format (6th edition).  Students are encouraged to use the MSU Writing Center for assistance in formatting and flow of written work.  Use of such assistance does not negate the requirement for students to submit work that is indicative of their own thought, effort and work.  Information about the Writing Center hours and phone number, and guidelines for visiting the lab are found at:



Honor System:


Students enrolled in this course will/must adhere to the MSU Code of Conduct.  In particular, academic dishonesty, however small, creates a breach in academic integrity.  A student’s participation in this course comes with the expectation that his or her work will be completed in full observance of the MSU Code of Student Conduct.  A student should consult the current Student Handbook for answers to any questions about the code.


Many components of this course are designed to be highly interactive with students helping each other learn.  Students are encouraged to take full advantage of many resources available including online Blackboard course resources, Internet sites, other textbooks and journals, faculty, and peers when answering objectives. This interactive collegial learning environment is conducive for life-long learning.


All components of this course are designed to represent the efforts of each student INDIVIDUALLY and are NOT to be shared, copied, or plagiarized from other sources.  When students submit their efforts for grading, they are attesting they abided by this rule.

Cheating includes, but is not limited to, (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or completing other assignments; or (3) the acquisition of tests, test banks or other academic materials on line or belonging to the university faculty or staff without permission.

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of, by paraphrase or direct quotation without correct citation in the text and on the reference list, the published or unpublished works of another person.  Reference or use of other authors’ works will be cited according the 6th edition of the APA Publication Manual.   Students may NOT submit papers and assignments that they have previously submitted for this or other courses. The use of materials generated by agencies engaged in "selling" term papers is also plagiarism. Students are encouraged to review the tutorials and suggested websites for more information about plagiarism. 

Academic dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism, etc.) will not be tolerated in this class. Whenever a student is unsure of whether a particular situation will be interpreted as academic dishonesty, he/she should ask the instructor for clarification.  If students are guilty of academic dishonesty, a grade of zero (0) will be given for the quiz, assignment, etc.  Cases may also be referred to the Dean of Students for possible dismissal from the university.


By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in 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 authenticity, and for educational purposes. Specifically, faculty may submit student papers and assignments to an external agency to verify originality and authenticity, and to detect for plagiarism


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.

Electronic Devices:  All beepers, phones, and other electronic communication devices are to be muted or turned off during class and exams, unless it is being used for a faculty-directed  in-class assignment.  Students found to be wearing Bluetooth devices or phones on their person or in the vicinity of their workspace during exams or other course evaluations will receive a zero “0” for that exam/evaluation.  If a student’s  phone  rings or buzzes during exams/evaluations, that student will  receive a zero for that evaluation.



Grading Standards

Grading Scale: Grades will be reported in whole numbers.  A course average of at least 74% is required to successfully complete this course.  Course grades/decimals are not rounded up










64 and below



Final Exam12/12/2013  1300-1500

Submission Format Policy

APA 6th ed

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

Attendance is expected

4. 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 Oct 11th  and Dec 6th at 1:00 pm. Test construction for make-up exams may differ from the scheduled exams

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.