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NURS506 - Leadership for Advanced Practice Roles

Course Details

Course Code: NURS506 Course ID: 4793 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

Today’s nurse leaders must possess the essential communication, critical-thinking and decision-making skills required to effectively manage teams providing high quality healthcare to diverse populations. This course addresses issues related to inter-professional collaboration, quality improvement initiatives, data-driven decision making, leadership and communication styles and their effect on interaction with members of healthcare teams. (Prerequisite: NURS502)


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the various leadership roles of the advanced practice nurse (PO 2)
  • Evaluate the effect of leadership and communication styles on interactions with members of a healthcare team (PO 7)
  • Analyze the significance of effective inter-professional collaboration on patient safety and healthcare outcomes (PO 7)
  • Compare and contrast quality improvement models and their impact on safety (PO 4)
  • Evaluate the nurse leader’s role in designing and implementing safe care delivery models (PO 2, 7)
  • Assess the structure of a healthcare organization, including its mission and vision, as it relates to strategic planning and the provision of quality health care (PO 4)

This course also covers Master’s Essentials II, III, V, VII, VIII, and IX


Students are required to participate in the forums each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Forums are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the forums and avoid copying and pasting from websites.


  • Post the initial response to each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday.
  • Initial responses should be no less than 300 words.
  • Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
  • Reply to at least 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
  • Replies to classmates should be no less than 200 words.
  • Responses to classmates are significant to advance the forum.
  • All forums can be accessed in the Forums section of the course.

The School of Health Sciences requires use of APA style and format and each student is required to have a current copy of the APA Publication Manual. All written assignments are to be submitted in APA format style unless otherwise noted in the assignment directions.

Academic Writing Requirements:

The School of Health Sciences requires use of APA format and style and all are encouraged to have a current copy of the APA Publication Manual. All written assignments are to be submitted in APA format style unless otherwise noted in the assignment directions.

Web Sites

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

  • Cochrane Collaboration:
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN):
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC):
  • American Organizations of Nurse Executive (AONE) : http://
Book Title:Advanced Practice Nursing: Essential Knowledge for the Profession, 3rd ed.
Publication Info:Jones & Bartlett
Author:DeNisco, S. and Barker, A.
Unit Cost:$91.60
Book Title:Management and Leadership for Nurse Administrators, 7th ed. Includes Navigate 2 Advantage Access
Publication Info:Jones & Bartlett
Author:Roussel, Harris and Thomas
Unit Cost:$115.10
Book Title:Course materials will change for June 2019 & beyond start dates. Please email for an updated booklist.
Publication Info:Open Web Sources

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.