NRS538 Leadership and Management for the Nurse 2 (16)

Direction and performance in health care organisations, measuring health outcomes, innovations in practice and healthcare 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 healthcare leader and manager and the process of leadership. National and International research identifies leadership development for healthcare managers and leaders as a paramount issue to ensure better organisational outcomes with the development of leadership and management skills seen as a vital aspect for positive and sustainable change and to ensure the sustainability of the health care team.


Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: NRS538. 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 Midwifer
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 extend their knowledge, skills and attitudes in the domain of contemporary leadership and management theories.
  • 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.


This 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.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of NRS538 in Session 2 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 %
Poster presentation - environmental analysis
Brief report - organisational self-assessment
Case study analysis - effective leaders/managers

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.