Nurse Executive Certificate Courses
All nurse executive certificate students are required to complete specific coursework. The following plan represents progression for the online post-master's certificate as a nurse executive. There are a total of 14 credit hours to complete.
ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR & STRUCTURE
This course explores behavioral science literature and theories that are relevant to the study of individual and group behavior within healthcare organizations. This course will promote an understanding of how and why people and groups behave the way they do in the workplace. Theories and concepts related to motivation, change, chaos, complexity, crisis, communication, team building, healthy work environments, toxic organizations, conflict resolution, and organizational development, structure and culture will be explored.
- Credits: 3.0
- Prerequisites: NRS 509 & NRS 513, or by permission
ROLE OF THE NURSE EXECUTIVE I: LEADING AN ORGANIZATION
The major focus of this course will be the planning, organizing, and coordinating aspects of management. The role of the nurse executive from the perspective of transformational, quantum, and organizational leadership theories will be explored. The concepts of creating a vision, planning, power, risk-taking, decision-making, reflective practice, emotional intelligence and competence, forces of magnetism, AONE and IOM competencies, and personal and professional responsibility and accountability will be discussed.
- Credits: 3.0
NRS 509, NRS 513, NRS 550, or by permission
ROLE OF THE NURSE EXECUTIVE III: FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT & ECONOMICS
The history of healthcare reimbursement, economics and healthcare, accounting principles and information systems for data retrieval will serve as the introduction to budget principles, development, variances, and strategies. Strategic management, business plans, cost-benefit analysis, cost- effectiveness analysis, collective bargaining, productivity, marketing, staffing, and patient care delivery systems will be discussed from a financial perspective. Students will use Excel for solving financial problems and budgeting exercises.
- Credits: 4.0
All program course work except NRS 559, NRS 592 and NRS 594, or by permission
PRACTICUM: MANAGEMENT, IMPROVEMENT, AND EVALUATION IN HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONS
Each student will choose a healthcare setting (acute care, long term care, etc.) to work 126 contact hours with a nurse executive/administrator who will serve as a preceptor. Throughout this course, the student will synthesize management and leadership principles into the nurse executive role. The student must identify a project or topic for improvement, develop a strategy for improvement, use evidence and theory to support the proposed improvement strategy, implement and evaluate the improvement strategy and share the findings and outcomes of the project.
- Credits: 4.0
All program course work except NRS 592 and NRS 594, or by permission