NRS537 Leadership and Management for the Nurse 1 (16)

The subject is designed to extend the knowledge, skills and attributes of health professionals 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 a variety of health disciplines. 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 context of health care. Students will be expected to actively participate and critically analyse core texts, relevant data bases and reading materials. There is an expectation that students will apply this knowledge by demonstrating or role modelling leadership and initiating change within the organisations they work; and, contribute to current health service structures to lead and manage professional health care teams.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: NRS537. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Master of Nursing 

Master of Midwifery

Master of Clinical Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)

Assumed Knowledge

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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate understanding of leadership roles, socio-political-legal developments at the broader issue of change in health policy delivery at State and Federal and International levels.
  • be able to integrate knowledge skills and attributes as they relate to a variety of discipline within the health care arena and as they relate to contemporary theories of organisational change and project management applied to health care environment.
  • be able to identify practice, policy and legislative change within a health context.
  • be able to apply contemporary healthcare management theories and practices to the administration and evaluation of care delivery systems.
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of legislation and policies that impact on human resource management of health 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 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 healthcare leadership and management roles specifically in relation to Equity and Access for diverse cultural groups.


This 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.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of NRS537 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Structured reflection
Brief presentation
Formal report

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.