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NURS 5339 Nursing Leadership & Health Policy

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The theories germane to leadership will be explored in relation to organizational structures and behaviors. These structures and behaviors will be related to the development of leadership styles and policy making within organizations. Emphasis will also be placed on the political and economic forces that influence the development of health policy and professional nursing practice. In addition the basis for the legal dimensions of the nursing practice at the advanced level will be explored.

CREDIT AND TIME ALLOCATION

3 semester hours class

PREREQUISITES

Graduate standing

COURSE OUTCOMES

  1. Use the process of integrated learning to examine the interrelationships among theories and concepts germane to leadership.
  2. Utilize research findings to evaluate theoretical constructs applicable to leadership.
  3. Analyze how various healthcare delivery systems are organized.
  4. Formulate strategies for professional nurses to provide leadership in the healthcare delivery system.
  5. Analyze common ethical issues in healthcare that affect clients, communities, society and the advanced role of nurses.
  6. Analyze current legal statutes affecting healthcare delivery.
  7. Assess the impact of partnerships with nursing organizations in policy making in the healthcare system and professional nursing practice.
  8. Design a customized plan to effect a change in health policy affecting an identified population.

CLINICAL OUTCOMES

N/A

CELL PHONE POLICY

  • Respect for classroom and clinical communication processes are necessary for teaching and learning.
  • Silence mobile devices / cell phones in classrooms and clinical settings.
  • Remove Bluetooth devices prior to entering the classroom and when in ANY clinical setting.
  • Failure to do so can / will / may (depending on the faculty) either affect your class participation, clinical or final course grade.

TESTING POLICY

  1. Examination items are the proprietary intellectual property of the university and are not to be shared by students. Sharing of exam items by students is considered cheating and is subject to disciplinary action. There are no legal test item banks available to students in the SON other than those provided with the ATI NCLEX –RN exam preparation materials.
  2. Exams are required.
  3. Students are expected to take examinations at the scheduled time.
  4. The student must notify the course coordinator prior to the scheduled exam time if they are unable to take the exam as scheduled.  Failure to make this notification in advance will result in a "zero" for that examination.
  5. If the excuse is accepted as reasonable and necessary, arrangements will be made for a make-up examination.
  6. Exam content is based on course, class, and clinical objectives.  Included are all required readings, lecture and discussion, related material in the course packet, media presented in or required for class, material handed out, and material on Canvas.
  7. Students should follow the School of Nursing dress code during exams. 
  8. Students must leave all food and drink, books, purses, and backpacks in an area designated by exam proctors.  If available, students are encouraged to leave personal items in lockers.  No hats, caps or head coverings may be worn during exams, with the exception of those required for religious purposes.
  9. When entering the classroom for an exam, students will show their School of Nursing badge to the proctor.  Proctors will ensure only the students eligible to take the exam receive access to the test and take the exam in an approved testing location.  During the exam, students will wear their badge on the upper chest area.
  10. Calculators, scratch paper and pencils are provided by the School of Nursing for exams.  Proctors will distribute the scratch paper after students have initiated the exam.
  11. If students arrive late, no extra time to complete the exam will be given.
  12. Each student is responsible for making sure that he or she has completed the exam before the exam is turned in to a proctor.  Under no circumstances will a student be allowed to retrieve his or her exam materials after turning them in to the test proctor.
  13. Students will be given the opportunity to review exams.  

GRADING POLICY GUIDELINES:

  1. To pass the course, a student must have a weighted average of 75% on all graded activities.
  2. Students must make a "C" (75) or higher in all nursing courses to progress in the program.

 ROUNDING POLICY:

The final grade will be calculated to two decimal places and rounded mathematically as follows:

  • Less than 0.50--Round down to the next whole number-- "89.49" would be rounded to "89"

  • 0.50 or greater--Round up to the next whole number--"90.95" would be rounded to "91"

CLASSROOM ATTENDANCE

Attendance in class is an expectation of each student.

WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT

  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.

APA GUIDELINES

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

SCHOLASTIC DISHONESTY

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.



ADA ACCOMMODATIONS

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: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/form100-Faculty-student-resident.pdf) 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: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/request.asp.

Admissions Information:

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

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