NRS538 Leadership and Management for the Nurse 2 (16)


Direction and performance in health care organisations, measuring health outcomes, innovations in practice and nursing workforce development are examined in this subject. An emphasis is placed on the application of theoretical knowledge using case studies to examine quality in the health care environment, strategic management for the nurse leader and manager and the process of nursing leadership. National and International research identifies leadership development for nurse managers and leaders is of paramount importance to ensure better organisational outcomes. The International Council of Nurses (2006) considers that leadership development is a vital aspect for positive and sustainable change and to ensure the sustainability of the health care team.

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Session 2
DistanceBathurst Campus
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Subject information

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

Assumed Knowledge

Experience 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 extend knowledge, skills and attitudes in the discipline of nursing with contemporary theories of leadership and management.
  • 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 professional oversight, mentorship and direction and delegation to facilitate effective leadership within diverse health care teams.
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the philosophy behind quality and the changing view of quality as related to health care.
  • be able to identify key issues of quality management and organisational performance in health care organisations to include processes for measuring and evaluating health.
  • be able to identify relevant service standards and key aims of a quality management system in current workplace.
  • be able to identify key issues of strategic management and organisational performance in health care organisations.
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of environmental analysis and strategic planning processes and their application to development of practice.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Strategic planning and management for nurse leaders and managers. Exploration of organisational values purposes and vision. Analysis of internal and external environments. The concept of quality health care. Models of care, benchmarking, learning organisations. Measuring quality and audit processes including credentialing licensure accreditation and certification. Risk management and clinical governance, Tools to manage and evaluate care.
  • Nursing leadership and innovation. Networking, charateristics of effective delegation, mentorship and advocacy. Performance management, professional oversight.


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.