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Program Course Core Elements:

NURS 5318 Nursing and Health Systems Management I


This is one of a series of graduate level courses that provides the foundation for nursing management of clinical units, departments, and service lines in health care systems. This course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills for an effective and efficient human resource system for patient care services at multiple levels from employment screening to ongoing development. The processes and skills for coaching individuals and groups and leading through consultation are emphasized. Relationship management and influencing behaviors are addressed. The components of the Magnet Hospital model and strategies, with evidence, are emphasized for excellence. Students emerge with an understanding of and ability to apply human resource principles and skills in the development of patient care staff and quality work environments to assure excellence in patient care delivery.     


Credit Hour Allocation: 3 Semester Credit Hours
Clock Hour Allocation: 3 clock hours (45 clock hours class)


NURS 5339  Leadership for Quality, Safety & Health Policy


  1. Describe the components of an effective and efficient human resource system for nursing and patient care services in a health care system.
  2. Design staff interview guides and criteria for hiring and staff selection.
  3. Create innovative approaches for staff onboarding, professional development, and retention.
  4. Apply staff coaching principles and consultation processes in a health care setting.
  5. Delineate key requirements for effective interprofessional relationships, including Board of Trustee relationships, medical staff relationships, and other clinical disciplines.
  6. Describe key issues in managing other clinical disciplines in a health care system.
  7. Apply knowledge of labor law for effective labor relations.
  8. Delineate strategies to achieve magnetism based upon evidence.




Attendance in class is an expectation of each student.


  1. If written assignments are made in a course they are required.
  2. Students are expected to submit written work on the scheduled date and time.
  3. The student must notify the course coordinator prior to the scheduled due date and time if they are unable to submit the written work as scheduled. Failure to make this notification in advance will result in a "zero" for that written work.
  4. If the excuse is accepted as reasonable and necessary, arrangements will be made for an alternative due date and time.
  5. Each student is responsible for making sure that he or she has completed the written work prior to submission.
  6. Late work will be accepted with consequences as outlined per course syllabi.


The APA Publication Manual 6th edition is required for use in all nursing school programs. 


Students are expected to be above reproach in all scholastic activities. Students who engage in scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and dismissal from the university. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." Regents Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22.


Any student seeking reasonable accommodations through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact either the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services within the first week of the semester or schedule a meeting with the UTHSCSA ADA Compliance Office so that appropriate accommodations may be arranged. A request for accommodations (Form ADA-100: must be completed and submitted to the Executive Director of the ADA Compliance Office before accommodations can be provided. Additional information can be provided in the Student Success Center, Room 1.118 or through the ADA Compliance Office website:

Admissions Information:

MSN Flyer: Master of Science in Nursing
PhD Flyer: Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing


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