MSN 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 Evidence-based Clinical Care in Health Systems (3 cr)
Using an interprofessional perspective, specific evidence-based patient quality and safety practice related policy decisions will be explored. Trends, statistics and quality benchmarks will be used to understand decision in clinical care. The course will provide a structured opportunity for using evidence-based health promotion and disease management principles in family/lifespan nursing care.
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 and Management in Health Systems (3 cr)
The course will provide a structured experience for exploration of nursing leadership and management roles in healthcare systems and development of an evidence-based capstone project. Emphasis will be placed on information systems, financial reimbursement models, disaster/crisis management plans and organizational culture.
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 Advanced Leadership and Management in Health Systems (3 cr)
In this course a student will assume a nursing leadership role by implementing a capstone project at the practicum site. Reflective strategies will be used to enhance learning and process the practicum experience. The student will disseminate the project findings to an interprofessional team.
Degree completion requirements include 34 credits of coursework including 9 credits of practicum (504 hours). Practicum experiences will be arranged with health care facilities as close as possible to students’ home or work. Master’s degree prepared preceptors will be identified and mentor orientation will be provided. The final practicum will include a capstone project identified in collaboration with a health care facility. Master’s projects will be presented in a format suitable for public dissemination (e.g., manuscript for publication). A thesis option is not planned. Graduates will be able to sit for American Nurses Credentialing Center certification exam, “Nurse Executive, Advanced,” once they have acquired sufficient experience.