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CNUR 457: Leadership in Nursing

This guide supports the CNUR 457 course at PennWest University.


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CNUR 457: Leadership in Nursing

The course focuses on the role of the professional nurse as a leader in a changing healthcare environment. Theories and principles are explored and applied to professional nursing practice. Course content includes concepts of motivation, change, communication, empowerment, ethical considerations, and clinical thinking in diverse health care systems. (Open tto licensed RNs; Prerequisite: NURS 340, 342, 343, and 345. Spring, annually, and as needed.)


Upon completion of the course, the student will:
1. Compare and contrast theoretical frameworks in leadership relevant to the delivery of nursing care in a variety of health care settings;
2. Discuss the nurse leader's role as a client advocate;
3. Create leadership strategies that promote a healthy work environment and influence change;
4. Describe the effects of legal and regulatory processes on nursing practice, quality care, and patient safety;
5. Demonstrate effective communication skills within the context of the multidisciplinary healthcare team;
6. Integrate knowledge, experience, and clinical judgment to guide clinical thinking in the nurse leadership role.