MSN-LINC Courses Offered
NURS 734 Evaluation and Evidence-Based Practice in Health Systems (3 cr)
This course will focus on skills needed for nurses to evaluate outcomes in health systems. Topics include using statistics and information systems in evaluation and research, continuous quality improvement, evidence-based practice, safety and quality indicators, performance improvement methods, and team-based problem solving.
NURS 741 Theories of Organizational Behavior and Leadership in Health Systems (3 cr)
This course will address concepts and theories important to nursing leadership and management in health systems. Organizational behavior, leadership theories, and complexity science will be emphasized.
NURS 737 Leadership in Health Systems (3 cr)
This course will focus on the development of leadership for nurses in complex organizations. Students will explore the concepts of organizational culture in micro, meso and macro systems. Topics will include transformation of complex organizations, conflict, crisis management, leading innovation, creating a culture of safety, and serving as mentor and coach.
NURS 745 Economics and Policy in Health Systems (3 credits)
This course will explore the health care delivery system in the United States including economic, political, financial, ethical, and social factors affecting health policy. Emphasis will be given to the financing of health care. Statistics will be used to analyze resource management and utilization. Legislative and regulatory processes affecting nursing and healthcare will be addressed.
NURS 750 Human Resources and Communication in Health Systems (3 cr)
This course is designed to introduce students to the field of human resources management practices and policies designed to create and maintain a healthy professional work environment. Communication strategies and technologies, and collaboration on interprofessional healthcare teams with diverse groups will be addressed. Staffing models, hiring, retention and supervision practices, performance enhancement planning, strategic scheduling, and labor relations/laws will be covered.
NURS 755 Program Planning for Population Health (2 cr)
This course will focus on the role of the nurse leader in program planning for health promotion and disease prevention for populations. Topics will include determinants of health, epidemiology, biostatistics, and advancing equity in access, services, and outcomes for vulnerable populations.
NURS 760 Informatics in Health Systems (3 cr)
This course will enhance students’ knowledge and skills related to nursing informatics in a variety of healthcare settings. Students will learn how to use project management principles and technologies to enhance patient-care delivery, management, and clinical decision support. Research from nursing and other disciplines regarding improving patient outcomes, cost effectiveness and patient safety will be emphasized.
NURS 770 Practicum I: Leadership Practices – Quality and Safety (2 cr)
In this course, students will apply best practices related to evidence-based quality and safety decisions in their practicum site. Local and national drivers of safety and quality initiatives, along with oversight of these programs, will be explored. Benchmarking and statistical process control methods will be emphasized to ensure appropriate leadership decisions. Required MSN practicum hours will be satisfactorily completed.
NURS 780 Financial Management in Health Systems (3 cr)
This course will develop knowledge and skills used by nurse leaders for effective financial management in health care systems. Topics will include reimbursement systems, coding and payment mechanisms, ethics and legalities of contracting, governmental regulations, budget development, and marketing and interprofessional collaboration around budget and finance.
NURS 772 Practicum II: Leadership Practices - Change, Culture, and Communication in Health Systems (2 cr)
This course will provide a structured experience for exploration of nursing leadership and management roles in health care systems. Emphasis will be placed on change management, use of information systems, financial reimbursement models, exploration of organizational culture and the development of professional communication skills. Required MSN practicum hours will be satisfactorily completed.
NURS 785 Environmental Sustainability in Health Systems (2 cr)
This course will explore sustainability in health systems with emphasis on the environmental impact of health systems practices. Implications of the United States and global environmental health policy will be analyzed. Economic sustainability including cost-benefit analysis will be addressed. Emphasis will be placed on decisions and strategies nurse leaders make that impact sustainability of health systems and the environment.
NURS 774 Practicum III: Transition to Leadership Role in Health Systems (2 cr)
This course will explore aspects of role transition to nursing leadership and management. Discussion and debate will be used to highlight transition and survival issues. Remaining required MSN practicum hours will be satisfactorily completed.
NURS 790 MSN Leadership Project (1 cr each semester; must be taken concurrently with Fall, Spring and Summer practicum courses)
This course will provide students the opportunity to design, implement, evaluate and professionally disseminate an evidence-based leadership project within a health care system. Projects will create quality and safety in patient care through nursing leadership, conscious of fiscal and environmental responsibility and will demonstrate synthesis and application of MSN leadership and management curricular concepts. Requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes to become successful nursing leaders or managers in health systems will be exhibited in the project process. This course must be taken three times over three semesters in the final year, in conjunction with the three MSN practicum courses. Required MSN practicum hours related to the project (90 total: 30 hours in each of 3 subsequent semesters) will be satisfactorily completed.
Degree completion requirements include 34 credits of coursework including 378 hours stretched over 6 credits of practicum and 3 credits of project placements. Practicum and project experiences will be arranged with healthcare facilities close to students’ home or work sites. Master’s degree prepared preceptors will be identified and mentor orientation will be provided. The final project will be a capstone at a health care setting and will be presented in a format suitable for public dissemination (e.g., manuscript for publication). A thesis is not required. Graduates will be able to sit for American Nurses Credentialing Center certification exam, “Nurse Executive, Advanced,” once they have acquired sufficient experience.