Leadership, Policy and Ethics – NURS 721

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

This course will provide a study of principles and knowledge of organizational leadership and advanced communication abilities that support an improved quality of care delivery as well as improved outcomes. Consultative and leadership approaches that facilitate collaboration are explored. The advanced practice role of nursing as it pertains to policy development, championing change, and inspiring clinical innovation are examined. National and global policy issues are highlighted, with specific attention placed on the ethical aspects of health policy development.

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


Nurses prepared as practice scholars are called upon to provide leadership and facilitation of change in today’s complex healthcare arena. Skills of innovation and challenge of the status quo are expected from contemporary leaders. This course provides the DNP student an opportunity to explore and interact with advanced leadership theories, in addition to examining pertinent policy related healthcare issues within the context of ethical decision making.

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. The student will also be required to reply to at least 2 classmates’ threads. Each thread will be evaluated based on the depth and breadth of the discussion. (CLO: A, B, D)

Emotional Intelligence Assignment

You will write an 8–10-page research- and reflective-based paper in current APA format that focuses on emotional intelligence. The paper must include at least 6–8 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. (CLO: A, B, E)

Leadership and Change Theory Synthesis Assignment

The student will write a 12–15-page research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on leadership and change theory. The paper must include at least 10–12 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. (CLO: A, B, E)

Group Electronic Presentation Project Topic Identification Assignment

You will be assembled by the professor into teams and work as a group to propose new policy or policy change for a contemporary health-related public policy or professional clinical practice-related policy issue impacting advanced nursing practice.  This is a 2-part, 2-week, group assignment. For this first part of the project, you will write a 3-4-page paper together.  The paper should identify an area for domestic or global health policy development or change and include strong, compelling rationale supporting need for the policy enactment or change. At least 8 references in support of the topic must be provided in current APA format.

Group Electronic Presentation Project Assignment

Students will be assembled in teams and work as a group (virtual, in a manner chosen by the group) to prepare an electronic presentation illustrating a contemporary health related public policy or professionally related policy with the associated impact on nursing practice. The presentation must be 15–20 minutes if streamed (such as YouTube), or 30 slides (such as PowerPoint). There must also be 12–15 scholarly, peer-reviewed references reflected in the presentation and provided in an APA reference page format. (CLO: C, D, E)