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Leadership in Nursing

Course Details

Course Number
NURS 4304
Section Number
NURS 4304
Summer I 2011
Days & Times


Dr Martha (Marty) Gibson (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives


Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

1. Analyze theories of management/leadership in professional nursing practice.

2. Utilize the components of the problem-solving and decision-making processes.

3. Examine principles of change theory, motivation, and creativity in relation to organization and management in nursing.

4. Implement concepts of group theory and dynamics.

5. Demonstrate responsibility in self-direction.

6. Describe cost containment methods and the budgeting role of the manager.

7. Analyze selected situations and select performance evaluation procedures.

8. Examine legal, social, and ethical trends which impact on the organization and the delivery of health care.

9. Identify research findings applicable to leadership/management situations.

Course Expectations

 Required Textbook(s):

1). Finkelman, A.W. (2006). Leadership & Management in Nursing. Upper Saddle River NJ: Pearson Ed., Inc. 

2). Lipe, S.K. & Beasley, S. (2004). Critical Thinking in Nursing: A Cognitive Workbook. Philadelphia PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

3). The Pearson Neighborhood

 Average Time Commitment:

 This course requires four (4) lecture hours and three (3) clinical practicum hours weekly.  Standard university out of class preparation calculations are three (3) hours of preparation for every credit hour.  Therefore, the average student can expect to spend 12 hours a week reading in preparation for class work and doing out of class assignments.  You are expected to have internet access and to check your WebCT frequently- at LEAST twice a week.  Updates, announcements, etc. will be provided for you as warranted.

Grading Standards

Evaluation Methods:


4 Individual Online Exams


Final Exam (In the seat)


Clinical Change Project Paper


Discussion Board Participation


Leadership/Management Reflections (Clinical Journals)  Appendix 1-4




  Grading Scale:

Grades will be reported in whole numbers.  Grades will not be rounded.










64 and below


Final Exam 06/30/2011 1000
Submission Format Policy

Journals will be submitted as a Word document via the assignment drop boxes in WebCT. These are submitted on Tuesdays by 2100

Discussions are submitted on the discussion boards on Tuesdays by 2100.

Change Papers are submitted via the WebCT email.

All submissions are to be in APA format.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Late Paper Policy

Submission of assignments on time is expected. The acceptance of late assignments will be handled on an individual basis. However, the instructors reserve the right to refuse any assignments submitted past due dates

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

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Attendance Requirements

If a student is to be absent from an exam, he/she must notify a course instructor (Dr. Gibson) at least two hours prior to the exam. Failure to comply with this policy will result in a “0" for the exam. The scheduled make up dates for exams is June 29th Time TBA Test construction for make-up exams may differ from the scheduled exams.

Other Policies

See Printed Syllabus

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

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