Performance Management in Healthcare – NURS 522

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 05/27/2022

Course Description

This course will allow students to explore the concepts that support a sound approach to managing performance. Performance management is a proactive and ongoing process which strives to align individual, unit, and/or team performance with the mission, vision, and strategic goals of the organization. When organizational goals are established, performance metrics are created along with a methodical measurement process that will support analysis of performance. Performance management also implies that leaders are managing their individual staff through relationship and rapport building, investment in the ongoing growth of employees, goal setting, motivating and rewarding staff, and giving feedback at regular intervals.

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


Effective leaders proactively manage the performance of their team(s). The aspiring healthcare and/or nurse leader will be exposed to concepts, strategies, and competencies that will fortify their approach to leading through strong relationship building, delineation of roles for team members, use of monitoring metrics, and attainment of desired outcomes/goal achievement.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Group Assignments (3)

For this collaborative Group Assignment, the instructor will place the student into a group at the beginning of the course. The student will use the forum to communicate with his/her group members and collaborate to produce assignments:

Group: Topic Selection Assignment

Group: Outline and Annotated Bibliography Assignment

Group: Presentation Assignment

Discussions (2)

The student will complete two discussion assignments for this course. Each Discussion will be on a different topic outlined within the course. Each Discussion thread must be at least 500 words and incorporate at least 2 peer-reviewed journal article published within the last 5 years in current APA format as well as biblical principles. In addition to the post, you must reply to at least 2 classmates’ posts. Each reply must be at least 250 words, cite at least 1 peer-reviewed journal article published within the last 5 years, and integrate biblical principles.

Performance, Goals, and Alignment Assignment

The student will describe and illustrate a vision and strategy for establishing alignment between organizational goals, unit-based goals, and individual performance goals in order to infuse the mission and vision of a company throughout day to day operational activities. This paper must be 5 pages (not including the title and reference pages) and written in current APA format. The student must use 5 peer-reviewed articles published within the last 5 years (unless a classical or theoretical work) in addition to the course textbooks and at least 2 biblical citations.  

Article Critique Assignments (2)

The student will write 2-page article critiques in current APA format that evaluates selected articles. The critique must include at least 2–3 peer-reviewed references published within the last 5 years.

Organization Support Checklist Assignment

The student will utilize the checklist from the Wheelan text (Chapter 2) to assess the team support status of their current employer.

Mission, Vision, and Goal Alignment Presentation Assignment

The presentation will focus on the topic outlined within the course. The presentation will include 20–25 slides and be supported by current research.