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Release Date: December 19, 2016
Expiration Date: December 31, 2019
Nurses have been educated to practice professional nursing and use their specialized skills to care for patients. Unfortunately, most nurses are not knowledgeable or skilled enough in leadership to effect the required changes in health care today. Nurses must expand their repertoire of knowledge and skills to practice in today’s multifaceted healthcare environment, especially their leadership skills.
Nurses provide and coordinate patient care, communicate and collaborate with other nursing staff and the interdisciplinary team, and solve problems and facilitate decisions to ensure that patients receive quality, safe care. Nurses are involved in healthcare delivery processes on an organizational level, such as serving on committees, task forces, and other healthcare teams that plan and make decisions. They work with patients from the preadmission phase of hospitalization, move them through the healthcare system, and manage them in their home communities. There is a great need to develop nurses who are knowledgeable about leadership and management topics, and able to apply this knowledge to their practice wherever it might be.
The purpose of this course is to provide nurses with a solid foundation for effective nursing leadership and management. Nurses practicing in any healthcare setting will gain new knowledge or enhance previously acquired knowledge regarding leadership and management concepts such as leadership theory and principles, healthcare policy, legal issues and ethics, change and decision making, organizational structure and effective care delivery, healthcare economics, staff recruitment and retention, and leadership tools and resources.
- Discuss key aspects of the roles of leadership and management in nursing.
- Describe delegation principles utilized in nursing practice.
- Describe effective communication and problem-solving processes that nurses use.
- Explain how strategic planning provides different organizational structures to assist decision making in nursing.
- Identify financial skills and management practices for nurses.
- Outline strategies to build cohesive interprofessional teams for healthcare organizations.
- Discuss the concepts of patient-centered care within the contexts of nursing and nursing management.
- Describe strategies for helping nurses to manage conflict and stress.
- Discuss the role of power and influence in creating a professional nursing practice environment.
- Describe essential legal and ethical principles for nurses.
- Describe the various roles of the nurse in facilitating and supporting change.
- Explain how professional nursing organizations provide leadership opportunities.
Antoinette Towle EdD, PNP-BC, SNP-BC, is an assistant professor at Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT, and an American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) Board Certified advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) in the specialty areas of Pediatric and School Health. Dr. Towle has worked as a professional nurse for more than 30 years, in a variety of capacities (Administrator, Manager, Director, Case Worker, APRN, RN, and Educator) and within a wide variety of healthcare setting (schools, residential settings for children and the elderly, veterans hospitals, insurance companies, federal and privately funded medical offices and hospitals, and community healthcare agencies). Presently, Dr. Towle teaches both graduate and undergraduate nursing students full time, with a focus on nursing leadership; understanding, respecting, and appreciating cultural diversity; health promotion; and integration of these key components into clinical practice. She is the first to create and continue to lead a nursing study program abroad for students at the University of Jamaica, China, and Armenia.
- Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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