NURS 401 Nursing Leadership • 3 Cr.


Course covers the analysis, integration and application of leadership principles in health care organizations and population-based efforts across the health care delivery system. The focus is on interaction and socialization into the professional leadership role. Emphasis is placed on practical skills needed for nurses to succeed as leaders in today's local, state, national, and global health care environment. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the BSN program.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Explore systems theory as it relates to nursing leadership.
  • Examine culture, structure, mission, vision, philosophy and values of a selected organization.
  • Differentiate among the theories of change and describe the roles and characteristics of an effective change agent.
  • Demonstrate communication techniques and strategies for collaborating and working with inter-professional teams.
  • Describe the legislative process as it pertains to healthcare and identify ways nurses can advocate for the health of the population and the profession.
  • Identify professional nursing organizations that influence nursing practice and legislation.
  • Analyze selected social, economic, ethical, regulatory and legal factors that influence nursing leadership.
  • Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision-making models in the provision of high quality nursing care, healthcare team coordination, and the oversight and accountability for care delivery in a variety of settings.