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NURS 5301/6301/7301 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

NURS 5301/6301/7301 - Nursing Administration I

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

Comprehensive analysis of concepts required for effective performance of the nurse administrator's (manager or executive) role in organizations. Management as a function of the total organizational system is evaluated. Organizational designs and interpersonal relationships in the healthcare organization are critiqued

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  • incorporate the role and function of the nurse administrator (manager or executive) in various healthcare settings;
  • analyze the dimensions that characterize a nursing organization;
  • evaluate the role that organization's purpose, mission and goals play in formulating strategic plans;
  • correlate key work related attitudes with employee behavior;
  • apply theories of motivation to produce organization outcomes; and
  • evaluate information technologies affecting communication in organizations.
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Admission to the TN eCampus MSN program; pre- or co-requisites: NURS 5000.

Course Topics:
  • Role practice models
  • Leadership practice models
  • Organizational practice models
  • Inter-professional relationships management
  • Business management
  • Quality and safety management 
Specific Course Requirements:


Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:

Assigned periodicals, documents, position statements, and Internet on-line articles

Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

All course requirements are submitted on-line. Due dates are on calendar.  Due date time is central time as posted on calendar.

Grading Procedures:
Grading Scale:



Assigned Grade













Under 435

Under 70


Assignments and Projects:



Paper Assignments (5 total papers)

Module 2 Self Assessment Emotional Intelligence Leadership
Module 3 Organizational Structure
Module 4 Retention Strategic Action Plan
Module 5 Strategic Action Budget
Module 6 Performance Management

Note: criteria and grading rubric is found in module and papers submitted in dropbox.

100 points each for total of 500 points


12 On Line Discussions Boards (10 points each)

Note: Discussion questions and grading criteria is found in related module.

10 point each for total of 120 points

Introduction and Impact on Practice is 1 point for total of 2 points



 Total Points = 622


The students will submit a total of five papers related to the course description (or outcomes). The papers will vary in length depending on the topic. Papers must be written in MS Word only. The document is expected to be free of grammatical and punctuation errors. The paper and reference page must be in APA format. The student will submit the paper on-line through the assignment drop box. The student is advised to keep a copy of all written work. Five points per day will be deducted for each day late.


Class Participation:

All students are expected to actively participate in on-line class discussions. Each discussion must be posted during the applicable module week(s). If the student is unable to fulfill this requirement for any reason, he/she should notify the instructor prior to the class and make alternative arrangements. Zero points may be awarded for late entry discussion board postings/responses.

The aim is to encourage interaction among students and faculty, not simply to present information. Students are required to respond to all discussion questions with one original posting and a minimum of two responses to fellow classmates. Discussion questions are based on the student's experiences as a nurse and their analysis/evaluation of the situation. Often the topics refer to experiences or situations in the current work setting. The student may draw from any applicable previous experience, if not currently working. Student responses to discussion questions must be substantive, that is, thoughtful and analytical.

Because the D2L has its own way of formatting material posted on the discussion feature, the student will not be expected to strictly follow APA guidelines for on-line submissions. However, the student is held to academic standards of writing style and the use of proper grammar, punctuation and spelling.

Plan to post your original response to the discussion board question no later than 1/2 way through the week. In this way, you and your fellow students have something in which to make a response (something to discuss) during the second 1/2 of the week. Trying to post all responses (original and 2 responses to students) at the deadline, leaves little opportunity for quality responses and may result in a lower score for you.

Late Policy:

Students are expected to:

  • Check the course calendar and calendar posted in content for the due dates of assignments.
  • Check the course bulletin board frequently for announcements.

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on May 22, 2017