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NUR3120 Nurses as Leaders in Health Care Settings

Semester 3, 2016 External
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Student contribution band : National Priority - Nursing
ASCED code : 060399 - Nursing not classified

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Examiner: Margred Caughlan


Pre-requisite: CMS1008 and MAT1008 and NUR1140 and NUR1120 and NUR1200 and NUR1099

Other requisites

Pre-requisite: Must have completed a minimum of 4 BNUR courses including CMS1008 prior to enrolment.

Recommended prior study: NUR2199 and NUR2100


Organisations impact greatly on many aspects of our personal and professional lives. They define the way services are delivered, communication channels, policies and standards and how they are monitored, who holds the authority and power, information systems and the level of satisfaction of the people who work in and/or access the services provided by the organisation. Nurses need to know and understand the structure and function of organisations and their impact on care delivery services. Commensurate with this is the understanding that all nurses regardless of their position participate in the roles of manager, leader and/or follower in organisational settings. To successfully incorporate these roles into their professional practice nurses need to have knowledge and understanding of the principles of management, leadership, followership, team building, conflict resolution and quality assurance.


The primary purpose of this course is to facilitate the development of a broad view of the structure and functioning of healthcare organisations, their impact on health care models and the role of nurses as leaders and managers within health care systems.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. identify the major organisational theories;
  2. examine the role and relationship of organisational mission statements, philosophies and communication of information on the delivery of health care;
  3. recognise how organisational structures, climate and culture impact on nursing;
  4. identify the major leadership and management theories;
  5. discuss the application of leadership/management theories in practice settings;
  6. use critical thinking skills to analyse team building and conflict resolution strategies within the scope of practice of nurse leaders/managers;
  7. develop an understanding of quality assurance and accreditation issues;


Description Weighting(%)
1. Working within Organisations: Organisational management theory, organisational structures, climates and cultures, missions statements and care delivery models 30.00
2. What is Leadership and Management? Leadership and management theories, followership, cross cultural leadership, delegation, managing change 40.00
3. Conflict Management, Team Building and Quality Assurance: Organisational conflict, dealing with conflict, techniques for creating a team, quality assurance and accreditation 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Stanley D 2011, Clinical Leadership Innovation into action, Palgrave Macmillan, Sydney Australia.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • It is expected that students will access Library resources for reference materials to enhance their knowledge and understanding of nurses as leaders and the structure and function of health care organisations.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 50.00
Online Discussion Groups 11.00
Private Study 94.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 2000 WORD ESSAY 50 50 03 Jan 2017
EXAM 50 50 End S3 (see note 1)

  1. This will be a restricted examination. The total working time for the examination is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However . it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Two 2 hour face- to-face tutorials are offered to meet sponsored student requirements. Attendance is mandatory for sponsored students. Other students are welcome to attend these sessions which will be recorded and available on Study Desk.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete an assessment item satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Exams in this course are restricted: Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination). Students whose first language is not English, may, take an appropriate unmarked non-electronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary) into the examination. Dictionaries with any handwritten notes will not be permitted. Translation dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate's possession until appropriate disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate an unfair advantage.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held in the examination period of the next semester following this course offering.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must submit the assignment electronically on study desk. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the submission date, if requested by the Examiner It is the student's responsibility to ensure that an electronic submission is in the correct format and is the final version of the assignment. Resubmission due to error will not be accepted after the due date. Hardcopies or emailed versions will not be accepted.

  2. If requested, students will required to provide a copy of assignments submitted for assessment purposes. Such copies should be despatched to the USQ within 24 hours of a request being made.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. The Faculty will only accept assessments submitted electronically and in the format requested. Emailled or faxed assignments will not be accepted.

  5. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete Makeup). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  6. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  7. Where a student has failed to achieve a passing grade by 5% or less of the aggregated weighted marks, or equivalent in the grading scale, the examiner in agreement with the moderator will consider recommending to the Board of Examiners the undertaking of supplementary assessment by the student, if the student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment for the course.