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Leadership and Informatics in Professional Nursing

Acquire the essential skill set for nurse management and leadership.

In this course, you’ll develop effective communication, leadership, and teamwork characteristics as you learn the many ways in which nurses function as leaders in clinical, educational, political, and community settings. You’ll appreciate the impact technology has on health care and nursing leadership, and examine the need to break down the barriers of the past that have prevented nurses from being able to provide autonomous and accountable patient care.

You’ll learn the different styles of contemporary leadership while evaluating the interrelationship among leadership, excellence, and professional involvement. Identify and explore the general and cultural factors that can influence communication in the workplace, as well as sources of generational conflict. While comparing and contrasting conflict resolution models, you’ll examine planned change theories and how they relate to nursing. You’ll also evaluate the process of recruiting and retaining top-quality staff.

Explore nursing informatics metastructures, concepts, and tools, as well as the evolving roles and competencies of nursing informatics practice. You’ll see how health care ethics can be challenged by the onslaught of information shared in a variety of forums. To that end, you’ll explore processes for securing information in a computer network and methods that can prevent typical threats to network security.

As you examine the benefits of implementing an electronic health record (EHR) system, you’ll look at future approaches to technology-supported consumer health information. You’ll also evaluate the current technology used in your work setting and consider how it could be improved.

Sample Topics

  • Defining Leadership; Leadership vs. Management
  • Types of Leaders and Leadership Styles
  • Impact of Culture on Leadership Roles
  • Developing As a Leader
  • Defining Nursing Informatics
  • Ethics and Informatics
  • Uses of Informatics: Informatics in the Clinical Setting and the Community
  • Nursing Research, Nursing Education and the Use of Nursing Informatics

Sample Assignment

Imagine that you are the designated privacy officer in a health care institution. What types of monitoring procedures would you develop? What would you include in your sanctions for violations policy? You’ll research and answer these questions and others in a written paper.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Define leadership characteristics in professional nursing.
  2. Compare the concepts of leadership and management.
  3. Critique styles of leadership, including behaviors, skills, and strategies.
  4. Discuss the concepts of delegation and “followership” as it relates to leadership.
  5. Describe leadership roles in various nurse practice settings.
  6. Apply leadership concepts to health care practice scenarios.
  7. Explain how delivery of care of models affects practice.
  8. Analyze how culture influences nursing leadership and practice.
  9. Describe how nurses lead interprofessional teams.
  10. Describe the impact and challenges of informatics used in patient care.

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