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NURS 5302/6302/7302 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

NURS 5302/6302/7302 - Nursing Administration II

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

The primary focus of this course is a synthesis of concepts used for effective performance of the nurse executive's role in organizations. The use of human and financial resources in organizational development is explored.

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  • Develop a systematic plan of organization restructure within a nursing organization.
  • Use nursing resources to promote efficacy within the nursing organization.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of nursing organization outcomes.
  • Use marketing strategies implemented by nurse consultants.
  • Evaluate ethical/legal issues related to nursing consultation practices.
  • Develop a comprehensive business plan to establish independent nursing business ventures.
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Admission to the TN eCampus MSN program; NURS 5000.

Course Topics:
  • The Nature of Strategic Management
  • Understanding Analysis Factors  
  • Examining Strategic Factors
  • Evaluation and Value 
  • Supporting Strategies and Developing Action Plans 
  • Strategic Planning and the Nurse Executive 
  • Generating Ideas and Innovations
  • Using Strategic Planning Tools and Instruments 
  • Implementing Change
  • Formulating a Comprehensive Business Plan
Specific Course Requirements:

This is a three credit-hour didactic course.  Expect to spend 15 -20 hours each week preparing, reading and researching Module topics. You will participate in discussion board postings and responses, and complete independent work.

The following requirements spell out how you will be assigned a grade for this course:

Reviews of Literature

Two Reviews of Literature will investigate topics of your choice meeting the objectives of the Modules. These two ROL will be graded for 5% of your grade each = 10% for both.  Using APA format is required for these papers.  Both of these are to be scholarly papers and the writer is expected to follow the instructions for each paper related to minimum number and type of references.   The Distance Education Librarian can help you access materials needed for your scholarly papers.

Organizational Analysis Parts 1&2

An Organizational Analysis will be completed in two parts. The student will submit an internal organizational assessment of a self selected healthcare organization using the framework described by Duncan, Ginter, and Swayne (1998). Each of the two parts of the assignment will be 10% of the total grade = 20% for the Organizational Analysis.

Discussion Board Posts and Responses

There are 7 discussion boards in the course. These discussions boards account for 20% of your course grade (2.9% each)   and are graded based upon substantive input and responses. The discussion boards are based on the scholarly information found under the various topic each week. (See grading rubric under Course Content).

Leader Interview

An organizational leadership interview will comprise 10% of the total grade. The interview will be scheduled by you in advance. You will interview the leader regarding "strategic planning" with some core questions and follow up with a written thank you.

TOWS Analysis

A synthesis of the "Threats, Opportunities, Weaknesses and Strengths" of a concept chosen by the student will be written using the TOWS tools provided. This assignment is 10% of the final grade.  

Business Plan and Executive Summary

The major project of the course is a Business Plan and Executive Summary written as a formal paper in APA format which consists of 30% of the final grade. The student will choose a concept to improve his/her organization. Through four assignments, the outline of the Plan will be assimilated. From the research and data collection of those four assignments, the final Business Plan and Executive Summary will be formulated.

1- The Business Plan concept and its background will be examined in a detailed report of purpose, organizational impact and resources required using current evidence = 5% of final grade.

2- The Budget and Strategic Plan will examine cost and operationalization of resources, measurable objectives and outcomes, and timelines in APA narrative format. Graphs and tables will be included either in the body of the paper or as appendices = 5% of final grade.

3- The student will summarize an organizational plan for his/her concept in a format appropriate for presentation to executive leadership in the

Business Plan (15-20 pp) = 15%

Executive Summary (1-2 pp) = 5% of the final grade. 

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:


Recommended Resources: 

American Nurses Association. (2015). Essentials of nursing practice package . Atlanta, GA: Author. PUB# FNDN2015. This package contains the three documents listed below at a discounted rate.

American Nurses Association (2015). Guide to Nursing’s social policy statement: Understanding the profession from social contract to social covenant .Silver Springs, MD: Author. ISBN 9781558102705
American Nurses Association (2015). Code of ethics for nurses with interpretative statements. Silver Springs, MD: Author. ISBN 978-1-55810-599-7
American Nurses Association (2015). Nursing: Scope and standards of practice (3rd ed.). Silver Springs, MD: Author. ISBN 978-1-55810-619-2

These publications can also be purchased online from for by calling 800-637-0323

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:

There are no written examinations in this course.

Grading Procedures:

Grades on the following assignments constitute the grade for this course. Specific requirements for each assignment are detailed in each module and titled "Assessment" or "Discussion Board".

Assessments must be posted in the Dropbox to be graded. All written assessments are considered professional papers and will be graded in accordance with APA publication guidelines. Points will also be deducted for errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation and sentence structure.

Discussion board postings and responses must be posted on the Discussion Board to be graded. Discussion board postings should also follow APA publication guidelines. Be aware that when formatting a reference with an indented second line is not possible. All other aspects of APA, including citations and references should be met.

The course grade is based on the following:     

TopicPercent of Final Grade
2 Reviews of Literature (100 points each)10%
2-part Organizational Analysis (100 points each)20%
6 Discussion Board Postings and Responses (10 points each: 6 points for posting and 4 points for responses) 20%
Leader Interview (100 points each)10%
TOWS (threats, opportunities, weaknesses & strengths) -100 points5%
Concept and Background paper (100 points)5%
Budget and Strategic Plan paper (100 points10%
Business Plan (100 points)10%
Executive Summary (100 points)5%


Grading Scale:
Point RangeAssigned Grade
93 - 100 PointsA
85 - 92 PointsB
77 - 84 PointsC
70 - 76 PointsD
under 70 PointsF


Assignments and Projects:


Academic: Self-Plagiarism: The US Department of Health and Human Service Office of Research Integrity defines Self-Plagiarism as follows.  “Redundant publication has a direct counterpart in the area of academic dishonesty- it is referred to as ‘double dipping’. It occurs when a student submits a whole paper or a substantial portion of a paper to fulfill a course requirement, even though that paper had earlier been submitted to satisfy the requirements for another course taught by a different professor. Many college undergraduates and even some graduate students are not aware that this type of practice is a serious offense and constitutes plagiarism”.  (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Research Integrity, 2013).

Class Participation:

Discussion Board Participation 

All students are expected to actively participate in online class discussions. Discussion topics/questions will be posted and will require students to respond with their own comments and respond to at least two (2) other students comments. There are distinct topics/question(s)/assignment(s) for each module.

If a student is unable to fulfill this requirement for any reason, he/she should notify the instructor prior to due date and make alterative arrangements. The aim is to encourage interaction among students and faculty, not simply to present information. Students are required to participate on all discussion boards.Student responses to discussion questions must be substantive, that is thoughtful and analytical.

The student is held to academic standards of writing style and the use of proper citation and reference formatting, grammar, punctuation and spelling. Additionally, tactfulness is expected and required of all responses. Discussion participation must take place during the allotted time frame for each topic and module. Failure to participate on a discussion board will result in zero points for that discussion board unless arrangements have been made with the instructor. See the Grading Rubric for Discussions.    

Plan to post your original posting by Wednesday. This gives you and your fellow classmates time to read and think about what has been posted and make a substantive response. Response due dates are listed on the calendar.

Late Policy:

Students are expected to submit all assignments on time. Check the schedule and course calendar for due dates. Instructor notification is necessary prior to the assessment or discussion board due date if timely submission is not possible. Late assessments will have 5% of the grade taken for each day late, unless cleared by the instructor. 

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 14, 2018