NURS 515 The Healthcare Delivery System (3)
This course provides a conceptual model of the American healthcare system and the
governmental system of developing and implementing health policy. This includes a
theoretical framework as well as a delineation of the functions and roles of the major
sectors of the U.S. healthcare system.
NURS 516 Application of Legal & Ethical Principles to Healthcare (3)
This course examines legal and ethical issues nursing and other healthcare managers
negotiate as they manage the delivery of healthcare. Themes throughout the course
include the manager as the steward of ethics and the importance of ethical awareness
for all staff and staff inclusion in ethical decision making. The use of an organizational
ethics committee will be practiced utilizing an ethical decision-making model which
focuses on the importance of organizational values/mission, personal ethics, professional
standards, and evidence-based decision-making. The influence of faith-based values
on ethical decision-making will be outlined with students expected to identify and
reflect how their own personal values shape their ethical positions. The context of
the ethical response of management to medical errors and malpractice claims also will
be examined. Multiple case studies that reflect these issues will be used to engage
the students in decision-making regarding an appropriate managerial response.
OLS 540 Managerial Finance and Accounting I (3)
Managers, executives and boards carry fiduciary responsibility for their organizations.
It is therefore imperative that they know how to read financial statements, analyze
financial health, and communicate this knowledge effectively to others. This course
teaches how financial data is generated and reported, as well as how it is used at
the managerial level for decision-making, analysis and valuation. Topics include:
understanding and reading financial statements, financial statement analysis, ratio
analysis – what the numbers really mean, budgeting, and organizational governance.
NURS 626 Managing in a Complex Healthcare Environment (3)
This course examines the dynamics of leading the healthcare organization in times
of rapid change during the 21st century. That change can be used to leverage effective
organizational performance. The premise for leading healthcare organizations will
be examined to include understanding the stakeholders, fulfilling the goals of the
mission statement, utilization of evidence-based decision making to achieve goals,
and sharing the rewards of improvement. The development of a culturally competent
workforce that is focused on the delivery of care that exceeds expectations of a culturally
diverse client base will be explored. The manager’s role in shaping the organization
for effective leadership will be a major theme throughout the course. Theories of
servant leadership and transformational leadership will be examined.
OLS 530 Organizational Behavior (3)
All organizations are organic, interconnected systems that take on a life of their
own regardless of the individuals that occupy various roles in the system. Leaders
need to understand their organizational systems and the behavior of those systems
if they hope to effectively lead or change them. This course will explore organizational
behavior and organizational development from a systems perspective, including concepts
of change and conflict. It will rely heavily on case studies and student participation.
OLS 515 Introduction to Leadership Studies (3)
The course is an overview of various leadership theories, examining models of leadership,
philosophies of leadership and different leadership styles. The advantages and disadvantages
of various approaches will be studied.
NURS 702 Health Information Technology (3)
This course covers key topics in changes in technology, policies, and innovations
that have occurred, historically and recently. Topics also include health informatics
(HI) overview, electronic health records, healthcare data analytics, health information
exchange, architecture of information systems, evidence based practice, consumer health
informatics, HI ethics, and quality improvement strategies for HI.
OLS 555 Human Resource Management (3)
Properly managing human resources should be a critical part of any organization’s
overall strategy for success. This course will provide the student with a comprehensive
introduction to Human Resource Management (HRM) by exploring today’s Human Resource
(HR) environment including current trends in HRM. The course examines the principles
of employee recruitment and selection, job design and job analysis, employment law,
employee compensation, training and development, and safety and health.
NURS 503 Practice Skills for Conflict Transformation (3)
This course focuses on understanding conflict, and on the roles, skills, strategies,
processes and personal awareness needed for reflective leaders/practitioners facilitating
conflict transformation in interpersonal and small group settings. Participants will
be asked to consider their personal responses to conflict and their professional roles
and responsibilities in relation to conflict. The course will include an overview
of basic processes of conflict transformation including negotiation, mediation, group
facilitation, and circle processes among others. Students will practice/evaluate the
skills of listening, issue identification, appreciative inquiry, nonviolent communication,
methods for structuring conversation in group settings, and awareness of the impact
of self on others. The course is delivered through online discussions, reading, case
studies, and an on-campus component with interactive activities and role plays. This
course also includes a 3-day residency on the Harrisonburg, Va campus in early fall
semester. Specific dates will in be announced by the MSN Program.