Leadership in Nursing

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Summer I 2012
Dr. Robin Lockhart (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

Course Objectives

AACN Essentials

DELC Competencies

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



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

I – a, e, f, j, k; II –a2, a3, c3, III – a1; IV-d4,d7,e5; V – a1; V-b1; V- c6,c7,c8,e1, e2, e3;

A-1f; A-2a,i; A-3h; A-6b-f,h; A7-f,g; B-1b,c; B-2b,c; B-4d,f,g,j,l,m; C-2e; C-3g

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

I – a,, b,  c; II-a1; III –a3, a4, a5, a6, b9; IV – a10, c2, c3, d1, d2, d3, e1

A-1b; A-2f,i; A-3h,p,s;w;  A-4a; A-6f,g; A-7f; B-1b,j,l; B-2b,c,f; B-3a; B-4d,d,n

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

I – i; III – a6, b4, b8; IV – c3, d5, e3; V – c6, c8

A-2i,j; A-3b,h,p,w,aa,gg; A-4a; A-6b-d,f,h; A-7e; B-1b,i,l,m,o; B-2b,c,f; B-4f-j; C-1e; C-2e

4. Implement concepts of group theory and dynamics.

I – f, g; II – a1, d1; III – b1, b2, b4, b6, b8, b11; IV-c1, c7, d5, e3, g3; V – b6, c6, c8

A-1f,g; A-2a,j; A-3b,x,aa,bb,gg; A-4a; A-5g; A-6b,f-h; A-7f; B-1b,c,i; B-2b; B-4l,m; C-3h,i

5. Demonstrate responsibility in self-direction.

II – d4; IV – d6; V-b1, c2, c3, c4, c7

A-2j,l,n; A-3b,c,g,p,s,w,x,aa; A-4d,f,k: B-1jl,m; B-4m; C-3h,l

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

IV – g1, g2, g3, g4, g5; V – b8

A-1q; A-2l,n; A-3z; A-6a; B-1b,f,m; B-2a; B-3a; B-4e,l; C-1e; C-2a

7. Analyze selected situations and select performance evaluation procedures.

III – a4; IV – c1; V –  a8, b4, b7

A-3bb; B-1b; C-1f,i

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

I – e; II – e1, e2, e3; III –a1; IV – c6, d4, d7, f1; V – c3, c5

A-1h,q; A-2a,l; A-3c,g-o,y,z,gg; A-4d,f,k; A-5g: A-6a,b,f,h; A-7f-i; B-1d-f,i,m; B-2a,d; B-3a,f; B-4g; C-1a-d; C-2a-d,g-i,k; C-3b,h,i,k,m

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

I – d; III – a2; V – a1

A-1f,o; A-2g,m,o; A-3w,z,ee; A-4d,f,k: A-5c-g; A-6e,f; A-7a-c,f-i; B-1j; C-1b,c; C-2a,b,g; C-3l


Course Expectations

Required Textbook:

Kelly, P. (2012).  Nursing leadership & management (3rd ed.).  Clifton Park, NY: Cenage Learning/Delmar (ISBN 13:  978-1-111-30668-7)

Wilkinson, J.M. (2012) Nursing process and critical thinking (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall (ISBN 13: 978-0-132-181-624)

Evolve Patient Reviews with RN Case Studies and Practice Test (HESI) Test Access Code for Senior I Level (1983_rlockhart4_0006)


Average Time Commitment:

 This course requires 60 hours of in-class time. Standard university out of class preparation calculations are three (3) hours of preparation for every credit hour.  Therefore, the average student can expect to spend 180 hours reading in preparation for class work, studying for exams, and doing out of class assignments.

On-Line Discussions:

Students will be assigned to discussion groups within the larger clinical group.  Five (5) discussions are assigned.  Each group will discuss the topic presented, applying theory and concepts discussed in class, handouts and the textbook.  All group members are expected to participate in each discussion.  Each discussion will be graded using the grading rubric.

In-Class requirements

Change Project: Students will participate in a group clinical policy change project.  This project includes a paper and journal.  Students will be assigned to project groups by the instructor.  Each group will draft a clinical policy change that is based on one of the:

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 draft their policy change AND to develop a written implementation plan for the policy change in their clinical agency.  This 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

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. Students must have a validated current immunization record and validated Health and Liability Insurance as described in the BSN Student Handbook.

5. If a student is to be absent from an exam, he/she must notify a course instructor (Professor Lockhart) 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 Test construction for make-up exams may differ from the scheduled exams.

6. Students must complete all of the components of the course to pass.  Failure to complete any component will constitute failure in the course.


Grading Standards









64 and below



Evaluation Method

% of Total Grade

Due Dates

Syllabus quiz


May 29, 2012 during class

Midterm Exam


June 26, 2012 during class

Clinical Change Project Paper


July 17, 2012 by 2300

Weekly assignments (7 assignments 3% each)


Week 1: June 5, 2012 by 2300

Week 2: June 12, 2012 by 2300

Week 3: June 19, 2012 by 2300

Week 4: June 26 2012 by 2300

Week 5: July 10, 2012 by 2300

Week 6: July 17, 2012 by 2300

Week 7: July 24, 2012 by 2300

Discussion Boards (4 discussions 3% each)


1st: June 5, 2012 by 2300

2nd: June 12, 2012 by 2300

3rd: June 19, 2012 by 2300

4th: July 10, 2012 by 2300

Case Studies (36 case studies 0.2% each)(the average of the 36 case studies will be entered into the grade book.)


July 24, 2012 by 2300

Final Exam


July 31, 2012 during class





Submission Format Policy

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

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.

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, (940) 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.

Other Policies

Instructor Drop:


An instructor may drop a student any time during the semester for excessive absences, for consistently failing to meet class assignments, for an indifferent attitude, or for disruptive conduct. The instructor must give the student a verbal or written warning prior to being dropped from the class. An instructor’s drop of a student takes precedence over the student-initiated course drop of a later date. The instructor will assign a grade of either WF or F through the 8th week of a long 45 hours semester, the 6th week of a 10 week summer term, or the 11th class day of a 4 or 5 week summer term consisting of 20 days. After these periods the grade will be an F. The date the instructor drop form is received in the Office of the Registrar is the official drop date.


Honor System:


NURS 4304 adheres 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 NURS 4304 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.


Although many of the assignments in NURS 4304 are designed to represent the efforts of student groups, groups are not to share, copy, or plagiarize from other sources.  When student groups submit their efforts for grading, they are attesting they abided by this rule. Examinations and journals are to represent individual student effort and students are not to share, copy, or plagiarize from other sources. Individual student discussion posts are to represent the individual’s work and not be posted by people other than the student or include information that is copied or plagiarized from other sources.

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 or other academic materials 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. The use of materials generated by agencies engaged in "selling" term papers is also 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.

Verification of Student Work


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, authenticity, and educational purposes.”


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 turned off during class and/or 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 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

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at