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NRHL 626 Nursing Leadership and Systems Thinking

Credits: 
3
Prerequisites: 
NRHL 620, NRHL 622, NRHL 624

Format: Online
Duration: 8 weeks

Effective change comes from effective leadership. In NRHL 626 Nursing Leadership and Systems Thinking, you will examine theoretical foundations and conceptual principles of nursing leadership. As you explore a variety of leadership styles, you’ll discover how to build teams to motivate positive change and the necessary skills required for nurse executives to function effectively in complex health care environments.

Along with weekly assignments and discussions, you’ll complete 30 hours of a practicum experience with a selected preceptor to immerse yourself in the role of the nurse executive leader and to develop a capstone project to improve health care outcomes.

What You’ll Learn in NRHL 626

In this course, you will develop leadership self-awareness and investigate leadership traits necessary to effectively lead organizational change, build strong cultures, develop effective teams and resolve conflicts. You will also examine change processes in contemporary health care organizations as well as the evolving roles of management and transformational leadership.

Course Topics

Throughout this course, weekly topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Leadership Self-Awareness: Leadership Traits
  • Transactional and Transformational Leadership
  • Leading Change
  • Vision and Power
  • Organizational Culture
  • Hands-on Leadership
  • The Future of Leadership
  • Dreaming the Dream and Dancing the Dance

Planning Your Time

*Source: Alumni Infographic.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of NRHL 626, you will be able to:

  • Examine attributes of leaders and followers and their ability to positively influence practice and evolving leadership.
  • Compare and contrast transitional and transactional leadership styles within the context of actual practice and current changes in nursing.
  • Assess a situation in a practice setting that needs changing and identify areas of resistance and strategies to reduce resistance to change.
  • Articulate a vision for nursing.
  • Analyze the concept of power as a leadership characteristic.
  • Investigate factors associated with organizational culture and diversity that affect performance.
  • Propose a personal plan for leadership development that attends to empowerment, mentoring, role modeling, networking, self-assessment and continued renewal.
  • Examine ways in which a leadership perspective can be applied to current and anticipated changes in the profession.
  • Explore the interrelationship among leadership, excellence and professional involvement.
  • Design selected components for an evidence-based nursing practice capstone project.

*Disclaimer: Course content and outcomes may vary and are subject to change without notice.

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To learn more about the online Master of Science in Nursing curriculum from Benedictine University, including Nursing Leadership and Systems Thinking, call (866) 295-3104 to speak with a program manager or request more information.