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Course Code: NURS653 Course ID: 4799 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

Advanced practice nurses must assume leadership roles in a rapidly changing healthcare environment. Nurses must lead inter-professional teams to foster the delivery of safe and efficient patient care to diverse populations. This course explores the future of nursing and healthcare, using current and updated course materials and readings to provide a rich venue for learning and discussion.

Course Schedule

No Course Offerings.

Current Syllabi

The following objectives are aligned with the MSN Program Outcomes (PO):

  1. Apply leadership skills to transform healthcare organizations and systems to meet the rapidly changing and culturally diverse health care needs of the populations served. (PO 2,4)
  2. Assume a leadership role in effectively implementing patient safety and quality improvement initiatives within the context of the interprofessional team. (PO 2, 3, 4, 5, 7)
  3. Assess the economic, legal, and political factors that influence health. (PO 5)
  4. Design and implement systems change strategies (PO 2, 4 ,5 ,6)
  5. Participate in the design and implementation of new models of care delivery to improve the care environment and patient outcomes. (PO 2)
  6. Describe a vision of the future of the nursing profession and what actions will need to be performed to achieve it. (PO 1,2)

Module Learning Objectives are located within the course.

Masters Essentials covered in this course include II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, IX.


Please join the discussions each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Discussions 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 discussions and avoid copying and pasting from websites. In this class there are 6 graded discussions.


  • Post the initial response to each discussions by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday
  • 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 discussions by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
  • Responses to classmates are significant to advance the discussions.
  • All discussions can be accessed in the Discussions section of the course.
  • Respond to all questions posed to you in your initial post by instructor and/or peers.

An initial post must precede the response posts to peers. An initial post received after Wednesday 11:55 pm will receive a 10% deduction for each day, for 3 days, prior to discussions being graded. This means the highest grade possible for a late submission of 3 days, is 70%. However, response posts are due by Sunday 11:55 pm. If response posts are not submitted by this time, the discussion is over. Therefore, no points can be awarded for collaboration, and the highest grade possible for late submission past 3 days is 60%.

Tests/ Quizzes

There are no tests/quizzes in this course.

Written Assignments

There are 3 written assignments due throughout the course. All assignment instructions and grading rubrics are located in the Assignments area of MyClassroom. Assignments are due by 11:55 pm EST on the Sunday of the week they are assigned, or as indicated in the Assignments area.

Required Course Textbook:

All required readings and resources are available within MyClassroom.

Academic Writing Requirements:

The School of Health Sciences requires use of APA format and style and all students 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.

Book Title:Team Leadership and Partnering in Nursing and Health Care - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Author:Cynthia Armstrong Persily
Unit Cost:$70.40

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.