Leadership in Nursing – NURS 489

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 11/05/2021

Course Description

Benner's work on the novice to expert continuum and the seven domains of nursing will be explored, and students will apply concepts to their own practices, past, present, and future. The leadership roles of the nurse as an individual and a group member while utilizing the Christian principles such as godly character, servant attitude, honesty, and commitment will be emphasized. While caring for groups of patients and individuals, students will explore a variety of content areas including systems theory, professional practice models, care delivery models, nurse sensitive quality indicators, and foundational documents that drive the nursing profession that are relevant to the support of nursing care in the practice setting, the influence of regulatory agencies on the delivery of care, and health policies that affect health care in general. Students are expected to synthesize previously learned knowledge in complex nursing situations and to expand their abilities to use the problem-solving and decision-making processes.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The nurse needs to have leadership and management skills. This experience will provide the student with the opportunity to develop and apply management skills that are relevant to current practice.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

The purpose of Discussions is to generate interaction among students in regard to relevant current course topics. Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to post one thread of at least 400 words in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. For each thread, assertions must be supported with at least two citations in current APA format. The student must then post two replies of at least 200 words each. Each reply must cite at least one source and incorporate one biblical reference. Acceptable sources include course textbooks, the Bible, scholarly journal articles, and other texts.

BSN Essential II, IV, CLO D, PLO VII

Servant Leader Interview Assignment

The student must choose three to five questions from a provided list and interview a nurse who displays servant leadership qualities. The interview should be approximately 10 minutes to gather enough information. After the interview is completed, the student will compile a three to four page paper in current APA format listing the questions used and answers obtained during the interview. A title page and reference page must be included and do not count toward the required length. The paper and presentation must reference at least two scholarly sources that are fewer than five years old, and must incorporate biblical principles.

BSN Essential I, II,  CLO H,  PLO IV

Nursing Peer Interviews Assignment

The student will explore delegation policies as listed on the State Board of Nursing website for the state in which he/she holds a nursing license. The student will then interview three nursing peers in his/her workplace to determine their awareness of delegation policies at the state level. The interviewees will also described how delegation is handled in their institution of employment. The interview findings must be compiled in a three to four page document according to current APA format. A title page and reference page must be included, but do not count toward the required length. The paper must reference at least two scholarly sources that are fewer than five years old, and must incorporate biblical principles.

BSN Essential III, VII,  CLO C, G,   PLO III

Conflict Management Assignment

After reading the case study:  A Verbal Explosion Leads to Confrontation of a Problem scenario of the Finkelman text, you will be required to create a 10-12 -slide Adobe Spark Video or Adobe Spark Page presentation (Adobe Spark Tutorial below). The presentation will provide important information on conflict resolution. Your presentation must contain at least two peer-reviewed scholarly research journal articles/sources that are fewer than five years old and include at least 1 biblical reference that applies to conflict resolution.  Any sources cited must have been published within the last five years.

BSN Essential II, IV, CLO D, PLO VII

Benchmark Project Assignments (3): Topic Selection, Initial PowerPoint, Final

The student will discuss how the chosen topics from Leadership Jazz textbook can be used in nursing to improve communication, promote a culture of safety, delegate appropriately, combat the nursing shortage, enhance the magnet environment, and demonstrate teamwork/collaboration while exemplifying the qualities of a servant leader.  The benchmark project will be completed in three parts: topic selection, initial PowerPoint, and final.

BSN Essential III, VII, CLO A,  PLO II, IV