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Nurse Leader, MS

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Carlos Urrutia
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The MSN Nurse Leader program is designed to prepare nurses in various clinical settings to assume leadership roles within their chosen organization. The degree program has an innate focus on combining the complexities of nursing leadership, human, financial and material resource management, and the holistic preparation of the nurse at the MSN level.

Through this program, we have sought to combine state of the art theoretical principles, immersion in evidence-based practice, and clinical experiences designed to facilitate the development of well-prepared nurse leaders. Graduates will be prepared to fulfill a variety of leadership roles including nurse manager, quality and outcome specialist, advanced direct care clinician/specialist, care manager and project manager.

The program is being offered as a convenient on-line format in order to facilitate the educational needs of nurses who are either working in leadership positions, or who seek to transition into higher-level clinical leadership roles in the near future.

The course of study is 32 semester hours and 315 clinical hours. All courses are offered online. Students have both theory and clinical practical coursework. You will be required to complete clinical clearance paperwork, which includes a criminal background check, fingerprinting, and proof of immunization. It will be your responsibility to get your proctor for this class.

Accreditation

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Method of Delivery

Internet

Time or Location Requirements

Students will need to do their clinical experiences in Florida through affiliation agreements with local clinical agencies. All courses are offered online. Proctored exams are required for some courses.

Time to Completion

5 semesters

Careers

The Nurse Leader Program is designed to prepare nurses in various clinical settings to assume higher-level practice and leadership roles.

Core Courses

These courses may not be offered every semester.

  • NGR5102 Theoretical Constructs for Nursing Science (3)
    This course is designed to assist the learner in analyzing and evaluating selected theories appropriate for advanced-practice nursing. Topics cover the relationship between theory, practice, and research; sources of theory for the discipline; contributions and philosophies of early nurse leaders and theorists, as well as those from other disciplines that are appropriate to health care; the development and evaluation of nursing knowledge and theory; as well as the analysis and application of theories and models in nursing practice, education, administration, and research.
  • NGR5638 Health Promotion and Program Planning (3)
    This course focuses on the development of concepts and skills for advanced risk assessment and the synthesis of knowledge and strategies to promote healthy lifestyles in client populations. Health promotion models and evidence-based strategies are used to design programs to address behavioral and social factors that contribute to morbidity and morality in diverse populations.
  • NGR5770 Nursing Leadership and Resource Management (3)
    This course examines leadership theories and evidence based management strategies for application in health care clinical systems. Course content focuses on leadership and management principles, systems thinking and problem solving, organizational structure, and strategic planning to promote quality health care organizations. Strategies for effective communication, conflict resolution, team building and interprofessional collaboration are explored. Emphasis is placed on the student's professional development as a leader in transforming patient care delivery systems.
  • NGR5800 Methods in Nursing Research (3)
    This course builds upon the knowledge of the research process learned at the baccalaureate level and focuses on the importance of empirical investigation in the development of nursing theory and the formulation of testable hypotheses in nursing practice. Emphasis is directed to the nurse as consumer and practitioner in the area of research and evidence-based practice.
  • NGR5871 Managing Information and Technology in Health Systems (3)
    This course examines the critical elements and use of healthcare information systems and patient-care technology as applied to healthcare delivery, quality improvement, patient safety, and the evaluation of organizational outcomes. Topics cover health applications related to clinical, administrative research, and educational decision making, with emphasis on the exploration of issues and trends related to human-technology interface, implementation science, ethics, and cultural diversity.

Total Credit Hours

32

Prerequisites

Students must reside in Florida, possess a BSN degree from a nationally accredited program with an upper division grade point average of 3.0 or higher, have competitive scores on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), and an unencumbered State of Florida RN License.

Application Procedures

Fax or mail to the College of Nursing: official Transcripts, a copy of GRE scores, three (3) letters of recommendation, and a copy of the applicant's current Florida RN License.

Program Requirements

The work for graduate nursing degrees (including transfer credit) must be completed within seven (7) years from the time the student matriculates into the FSU graduate nursing program.

Fees

The cost of this program is equal to tuition and fees for the Academic Year 2017-18 as stated on the Student Business Services website, plus a per credit hour distance learning fee (fees vary by course). Contact the department for more specific fee information relative to student status and location.

Spring 2018 Course Offerings

  • NGR5722C Financial and Human Resource Management for Nurse Leaders (5)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course examines healthcare organization financial and human resource management within emergent healthcare environments. Students analyze the relationship among process, outcomes, and economic indicators. Effective management of human resources including recruitment, interviewing, hiring, and legal issues is explored. Budget development, accounting principles, distribution of services, cost-benefit analyses, return on investments, and outcomes-based care are examined. The financing of health care is analyzed within the framework of value based service delivery, transparency and interprofessional collaboration.
  • NGR5773L Clinical Leadership Practicum II (3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course continues student development of nursing leadership and decision-making skills in managing health care microsystems. Clinical guidelines and emergency preparedness strategies are examined.
  • NGR5800 Methods in Nursing Research (3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course builds upon the knowledge of the research process learned at the baccalaureate level and focuses on the importance of empirical investigation in the development of nursing theory and the formulation of testable hypotheses in nursing practice. Emphasis is directed to the nurse as consumer and practitioner in the area of research and evidence-based practice.
  • NGR5871 Managing Information and Technology in Health Systems (3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course examines the critical elements and use of healthcare information systems and patient-care technology as applied to healthcare delivery, quality improvement, patient safety, and the evaluation of organizational outcomes. Topics cover health applications related to clinical, administrative research, and educational decision making, with emphasis on the exploration of issues and trends related to human-technology interface, implementation science, ethics, and cultural diversity.

Fall 2017 Course Offerings

  • NGR5102 Theoretical Constructs for Nursing Science (3)
    This course is designed to assist the learner in analyzing and evaluating selected theories appropriate for advanced-practice nursing. Topics cover the relationship between theory, practice, and research; sources of theory for the discipline; contributions and philosophies of early nurse leaders and theorists, as well as those from other disciplines that are appropriate to health care; the development and evaluation of nursing knowledge and theory; as well as the analysis and application of theories and models in nursing practice, education, administration, and research.
  • NGR5770 Nursing Leadership and Resource Management (3)
    This course examines leadership theories and evidence based management strategies for application in health care clinical systems. Course content focuses on leadership and management principles, systems thinking and problem solving, organizational structure, and strategic planning to promote quality health care organizations. Strategies for effective communication, conflict resolution, team building and interprofessional collaboration are explored. Emphasis is placed on the student's professional development as a leader in transforming patient care delivery systems.
  • NGR5772L Clinical Leadership Practicum I (3)
    This course emphasizes the development of nursing leadership skills in managing health care microsystems and mesosystems. The course provides students with opportunities to intergrate bioethical and legal dimensions into clinical leadership and management decision making. Innovations in human resource management and patient care delivery systems are also emphasized.
  • NGR5846 Biostatistics (3)
    This course is designed to provide an understanding of fundamental statistical principles that can be applied to health-related problems in clinical and public health settings. Students interpret published statistical findings, select and apply statistical methods to health related research problems and critique statistical methods utilized in biomedical research. Only the most common methods of statistical analysis used in published nursing research are reviewed.
  • NGR6702 Effecting Change in Healthcare Quality and Safety (3)
    This course examines implementing change in quality and safety in a challenging healthcare environment. Course content includes change theory, quality management models and tools, benchmarking and quality databases, safety in the healthcare environment, use of evidence in quality and safety, interprofessional relationships in improving organizational outcomes, descriptive statistics and relationship statistics and risk management. Emphasis is placed on the student's development of a change project in quality or safety.


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