Fall 2011

NURS 4333-01 Nursing Leadership: Theoretical Foundations

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Welcome to NURS 4333 Nursing Leadership: Theoretical Foundations. The first class will be held on September 1, 2011 from 1-4pm in the School of Nursing room 2.302.  


Paula Clutter, PhD, RN 
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Department of Health Restoration & Care Systems Management
E-mail: Clutter@uthscsa.edu
Office Phone: (210) 567-5799
Office Room: NS 2.628
Office Hours: By Appointment


This course presents theoretical principles of nursing leadership in diverse settings to promote quality patient outcomes.


3 semester hours (3 hour Theory)


Admission to the Alternate Entry MSN Program


At the completion of the baccalaureate program the student will demonstrate the following:

  1. Incorporate knowledge, skills, and attitudes from the liberal arts and sciences in professional nursing education and practice.
  2. Apply knowledge and skills of organizational and systems leadership, quality improvement and patient safety in promoting safe, high-quality care for diverse patients across healthcare systems and environments.
  3. Analyze and apply evidence from research and other information sources as a basis for nursing practice.
  4. Incorporate knowledge and skills in using information systems and a range of patient-care technologies to facilitate delivery of quality patient care.
  5. Advocate for financial and regulatory healthcare policies, processes, and environments that improve the nature and functioning of the healthcare delivery system and nursing practice.
  6. Collaborate and communicate effectively with healthcare professionals to promote positive working relationships, improve patient health outcomes, and deliver quality, safe patient care.
  7. Promote individual and population health by assessing factors that influence individual and population health and apply principles and culturally appropriate health promotion and disease-prevention strategies. Demonstrate consistent application of the core values of the discipline of nursing and the professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct.
  8. Demonstrate consistent application of the core values of the discipline of nursing and the professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct.
  9. Integrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes expected of baccalaureate prepared nurses by providing professional nursing care to diverse patients and populations across the lifespan, healthcare settings, and healthcare environments.


1.  Analyze leadership and management theories to achieve high quality nursing care and effective healthcare team coordination in a variety of settings. (Essential II)

2.  Analyze concepts of quality improvement and safety for identifying clinical questions, implementing safety initiatives, and monitoring patient outcomes. (Essential II)

3.  Identify effective interprofessional and intraprofessional communications and collaborative skills to deliver evidence-based, patient-centered care. (Essential VI)

4.  Integrate evidence, clinical judgment, interprofessional perspectives and patient preferences in planning, implementing, and evaluating outcomes of care to facilitate delivery of quality patient care. (Essential III)

5.  Evaluate the use of information technology and data management processes to facilitate delivery of quality patient care and create a safe care environment. (Essential IV)

6.  Explore sociocultural, economic, legal, ethical, and political factors influencing helathcare delivery and the nursing role of leadership and management in advocating for client empowerment and professional viability. (Essential, V, VI)

7.  Examine the role and responsibilities of legislative and regulatory agencies and their effect on patient care quality, workplace safety, and scope of nurisng practice. (Essential V)

8.  Discuss active nursing leadership and management roles in advocating for social justice related to healthcare policies, acess, equity, and affordability. (Essential V)

9.  Articulate the value of pursuing practice excellence, lifelong learning, and professional engagement to foster professional growth and development. (Essential VIII, IX)


A = 4 points (90-100)
B = 3 points (80-89)
C = 2 points (75-79)
D = 1 point (66-74)
F = 0 points (65 or below)


The course grade will be based on the following items:

On Campus Class Participation: 20%
Blackboard Discussion: 15%
Blackboard Assignments: 30%
Leadership & Management Paper: 25%
Leadership & Management Presentation: 10%
Total: 100%

Grading Scale:
A = 90-100%
B = 80-89%
C = 70-79%
D = 60-69%
F = Below 60%

This course is web-enhanced. There will be 6 classes on campus and the remainder will be conducted on line.

Six On Campus Class Dates (1-4pm), Room 2.302:
September 1, 2011
September 22, 2011
October 13, 2011
November 3, 2011
December 1, 2011
December 8, 2011



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: 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.


Huber, D.L. (2010). Leadership and nursing care management (4th ed.). Maryland Heights: Saunders Elsevier. ISBN: 978-1-4160-5984-4 


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