Degrees and Requirements

Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Administration

Nursing Administration

The 36-credit on-line graduate program* in Nursing Administration prepares students for leadership positions in a variety of settings. The Nursing Administration specialization at La Roche College provides a unique opportunity for nurses to develop the specialized leadership skills required to be successful nurse leaders now and in the future. Today's health care environment requires strong leaders who can make a positive difference in organizational outcomes.

In the wake of a changing health care environment, the need for nursing leadership has continued to grow. Nursing roles are being redefined and expanded to include more managerial and administrative responsibilities. Leadership opportunities are extending beyond the traditional nursing setting. This specialty area prepares nurses to work effectively with other members of the health care team in the delivery of quality patient care. Students learn to analyze contemporary nursing leadership issues, to confidently participate in policy formation and decision making, and to gain valuable expertise in pertinent business disciplines. Courses required for the Nursing Administration Specialty are outlined below.

* International students must meet the on-campus component for this program.

 

Summary of Requirements

YEAR ONE - FALL SEMESTER: 9 credits

  • NURG5002
    RESEARCH & EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE |

    NURG5002
    RESEARCH & EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to provide the student with knowledge about the interaction of theory and research for the acquisitition of knowledge and for advanced nursing practice. It focuses on the value of scientific evidence and nursing as a discipline as the basis for providing quality care and improving nursing practice. The student will develop an understanding of the research process, acquire the knowledge and skills needed to critically evaluate nursing reasearch and evidence-based practice. The interrelationship of theory and research will be explored, and extant therories that guide nursing practice will be examined.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    Graduate Students Only

  • NURG5004
    THEORY & ROLE DEVELOPMENT |

    NURG5004
    THEORY & ROLE DEVELOPMENT |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course provides the foundation for advanced practice nursing. Students are introduced to theories from nursing, natural, social, biological and organizational sciences to frame their future practice. Key concepts are presented regarding leadership, adult learning, communication, professionalism, human diversity, and transition of the nurse to the advanced practice role. |

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  • NURG5006
    HEALTHCARE DELIVERY SYSTEMS |

    NURG5006
    HEALTHCARE DELIVERY SYSTEMS |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course focuses on three main areas of the healthcare delivery system: healthcare economics (payers, providers, consumers, value based purchasing), health informatics (management of health data to improve aspects of health outcomes such as cost, quality, safety and satisfaction), and quality care and patient outcomes (as defined by various agencies and regulatory bodies such as NDNQI, AHRQ, CSM and private payers). The synthesis of these three important concepts will provide a foundation for the advanced practice nurse to make clinical decisions and to improve patient care and outcomes. |

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YEAR ONE - SPRING SEMESTER: 9 credits

  • HRMT5020
    ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR |

    HRMT5020
    ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to provide the student with the background and skills to augment the student's managerial effectiveness. The course emphasizes theories of micro- meso- and macro-organizational behavior as they relate to the workplace. Human Resource topics include motivation and individual behavior, interpersonal and group behavior, job satisfaction, work stress, leadership, organizational structures and culture.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    Graduate Students Only

  • NURG5008
    ROLE DEVELOPMENT FOR NURSING MANAGEMENT & EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP|

    NURG5008
    ROLE DEVELOPMENT FOR NURSING MANAGEMENT & EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP|

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to introduce the student to contemporary leadership theories with a focus on transformational leadership. Theories that impact nursing administrators such as change, complexity science, and complex adaptive systems, are explored. Key concepts presented in this course include emotional intelligence, evidenced based management practice, strategic planning and visioning, evidence based innovation, and the American Organization of Nurse Executive’s (AONE) competencies. These theories and concepts provide the student an opportunity to reflect on their own leadership strengths and weaknesses and create a professional leadership development plan which will guide their progress throughout this program. |

    PREREQUISITES:

  • NURG5010
    FINANCIAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT |

    NURG5010
    FINANCIAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to provide the student with an overview of the environment and financing of the health care system. Complex health care systems and their impact on the financial picture of the organization is explored. Students develop the knowledge and skills necessary for effective participation in financial management related to strategic planning including program budget planning and development as it relates to traditional and non-traditional health care systems. |

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YEAR ONE - SUMMER SEMESTER: 3 credits

  • NURG5012
    HEALTH CARE POLICY & GLOBAL CONSIDERATIONS |

    NURG5012
    HEALTH CARE POLICY & GLOBAL CONSIDERATIONS |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course focuses on healthcare policy in the United States. Students critically examine the national health care agenda and nursing’s role in relation to the health of the nation, global health, and global health policy. Federal, state, and local political structure and function are examined along with the hierarchy of political involvement, interest groups and lobbyists, advocacy strategies and ethical issues and the public policy process. An overview of health care finance as it relates to health care systems/services is presented and strategies for influencing the regulatory process will be explored.|

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YEAR TWO - FALL SEMESTER: 9 credits

  • NURG5014
    NURSING ADMINISTRATION: SEMINAR & PRACTICUM I |

    NURG5014
    NURSING ADMINISTRATION: SEMINAR & PRACTICUM I |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course provides an opportunity for students to apply leadership and management concepts in a healthcare delivery environment through collaboration and guidance of a nursing administrator. The course emphasizes opportunities to analyze concepts of organizational culture, leadership/management skill sets, and competencies needed to implement and sustain change on organizations. This course examines the evaluation of organizational outcomes, strategic planning, goal setting in organizations, and allocation of financial resources; as well as use of computer technology in healthcare systems and in nursing administration. This course requires 60 practicum hours and 30 seminar hours.|

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  • NURG5016
    MANAGING QUALITY & SAFETY IN PRACTICE |

    NURG5016
    MANAGING QUALITY & SAFETY IN PRACTICE |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course explores the nursing administrator’s role in managing risk and quality of patient care and outcomes. A variety of quality standards, guidelines, and benchmarks are examined. The nature and analysis of sentinel events incorporating risk management and the process of continuous quality improvement in healthcare are explored utilizing an evidence based approach. An overview of quality improvement models and the tools necessary for participation in healthcare quality initiatives are provided. Strategies to create a culture of quality and safety are emphasized.|

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  • NURG5018
    CREATING A PROFESSIONAL WORK ENVIRONMENT |

    NURG5018
    CREATING A PROFESSIONAL WORK ENVIRONMENT |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course will assist the student in developing leadership knowledge and skills necessary to create a professional work environment. Current theories, standards and regulations regarding healthy work environments will be explored. Key topics include organizational culture, structural empowerment, Magnet tenets, staffing, and effective care delivery models. Human resource management principles such as selection, performance appraisal, and workplace violence and incivility are studied within the framework of creating an environment of professional practice. |

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YEAR TWO - SPRING SEMESTER: 6 credits

  • NURG5022
    NURSING ADMINISTRATION: SEMINAR & PRACTICUM II |

    NURG5022
    NURSING ADMINISTRATION: SEMINAR & PRACTICUM II |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course focuses on the synthesis of knowledge, skills and critical systems thinking developed through the core content courses of the nursing administration program. Within the practicum experience, students enact leadership roles to expand, enhance, and optimize positive outcomes at the micro or macro- system level. The course requires 60 practicum hours and 30 hours of seminar. |

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  • NURG6000
    CAPSTONE SCHOLARLY EXPERIENCE |

    NURG6000
    CAPSTONE SCHOLARLY EXPERIENCE |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This second research course is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and skills from the research methodology course and graduate nursing courses to the development of a capstone research experience. The student is guided in the preparation of a project specific to a phenomena related to nursing practice in the area of graduate study. Emphasis is placed on responsible participation in scientific inquiry and on adherence to principles of ethical research.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    Graduate Students Only & NURG5002