Nursing Management for the RN

Course Details

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Spring 2012
Bridwell Hall
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Online course

Dr. Kimberly Mercer (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

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

2. Utilize the components of the problem solving and decision making process.

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

4. Experience the dynamics of group process.

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 the organization and the delivery of care.

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


Course Expectations

Co-requisite: NURS 4313

Course Requirements will consist of the following:

1. Quizzes (2)

These can be found under the "Assessment" heading of WebCT.

2. WebCT Discussions (2)

There are 2 threaded discussions that will be posted to the WebCT discussion board.

3. Written Assignments (2)

These include (1) nurse interview (2) evidence based practice paper.

These are located under the "Assignment" heading of WebCT.

Learning experiences will include group discussion on WebCT, assigned and independent readings, and web-based research with resources.


Grading Standards

Grading Standards:

Grading Scale:

90-100 = A

80-89 = B

74-79 = C

65-73 = D

64 and below = F

Submission Format Policy

Quizzes will be submitted electronically via WebCT.

Discussions will be sent electronically via WebCT.

All papers will be submitted electronically as attachments via WebCT with adherence to APA format as requested.

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.

Late Paper Policy

Students are encouraged to adhere to assignment due dates as posted on WebCT calendar.

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

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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.

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Attendance Requirements

Course taught online.

Other Policies

Clinical Components:

Note: All clinical components of the course must be completed with a grade of PASS to complete the course. The course requires a total of 135 clinical hours to pass the course.

Clinical performance: A final grade of 74% plus a PASS for clinical components with all required clinical hours completed are essential to pass this course. Both clinical and online requirements must be satisfactorily completed in order to pass the course.

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 the 6 hours of Communication Core and 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.

Campus Carry

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