NRS537 Leadership and Management for the Nurse 1 (16)


The subject is designed to extend the knowledge, skills and attributes of nurses with leadership and management responsibilities working in the health sector and those intending to enter into leadership roles. Contemporary leadership theory and models will be explored and related to the discipline of nursing. Content including ethical and legal issues, delegation, diversity, evidence based practice, stress management, quality improvement and recruitment and retention of an emerging multigenerational workforce will be examined within the nursing context. Students will be expected to actively participate and critically analyse course texts, relevant data bases and reading materials. There is an expectation that students will apply this advanced knowledge by demonstrating leadership and initiating change within the organisations they work in; and, to contribute to current health service structures to lead and manage professional health care teams.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
DistanceBathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: NRS537
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Assumed Knowledge

Experience working in the health care system as a registered nurse/manager/leader.

Enrolment restrictions

Students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate of Nursing (with specialisations), Graduate Diploma of Nursing (with specialisations), Master of Nursing (with specialisations), Master of Midwifery or the Master of Clinical Nursing (Nurse Practitioner).

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate understanding of leadership roles, socio-political-legal developments, the broader issue of change in health policy delivery at State and Federal and International levels.
  • be able to integrate knowledge skills and attributes in the discipline of nursing with contemporary theories of organisational change applied to health care environment.
  • be able to identify practice, policy and legislative change within a health context.
  • be able to apply contemporary nursing management theories and practices to the administration and evaluation of nursing care delivery systems.
  • be able to demonstrate understanding of legislation and policies that impact on human resource management of nursing services.
  • be able to demonstrate an ability to interpret financial data and to use accounting principles for decision making and budget purposes.
  • be able to apply project management principles to non routine activities to accomplish specific nursing driven goals and initiatives.
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of leadership principles as applied to their personal leadership development and to the health care environment in which they work.
  • be able to apply knowledge of group roles, processes and dynamics to facilitate effective communication and consultation within a multi-disciplinary health care organisation.
  • be able to critically examine and apply the principles of cultural safety to nursing leadership and management roles specifically in relation to Equity and Access to meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, Health Inequities and Human Rights.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Change and the health care environment.
  • Nursing leadership.
  • The administration of nursing services.
  • Human resource management of nursing.
  • Financial management for nurse managers and leaders.
  • Project development for nurse managers and leaders.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.