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NURS 5304/6304/7304 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

NURS 5304/6304/7304 - Human Resources Management

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course covers personnel and human resource issues including labor management in nursing and healthcare settings.

Course Outcomes:

At the conclusion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Assess the resources necessary to provide services or products in the healthcare industry.
  2. Develop strategies and plans pertinent to the allocation of scarce health care resources.
  3. Demonstrate professional accountability for competent nursing administrative practices in the application of healthcare resource allocation incorporating professional nursing values.
  4. Discuss global factors affecting healthcare resource allocation 
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Admission to the TN eCampus MSN program; NURS 5000.

Course Topics:

Module 1 The Nature of Health Care -- Human Resource Management

  1. Human Resource Management
  2. Legal Issues
  3. Job Design and Analysis

Module 2 The Employee and Health Care Human Resources

  1. Health Care Recruitment and Retention
  2. Employee Training and Development 
  3. Performance Management and Employee Relations

Module 3 The Organization and Health Care Human Resources

  1. Labor Relations and Health Care Organizations
  2. Compensation Practices - Management of Benefits and Variable Pay
  3. Safety, Health and Security in Health Care Organizations
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:
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 online. 

Grading Procedures:
Discussion Board (3 modules of questions - 10% each module)30%


Grading Scale:


Assignments and Projects:

Scholarly Paper

One formal scholarly paper is due in this course. The assignment requires the student to identify and explore a contemporary issue related to human resource management in nursing organizations. The student is required to examine the current healthcare literature and synthesize current research findings within the text of the paper. A minimum of five current (within the last five years) journal articles pertaining to the selected topic are to be used and incorporated in the paper. The journals used should be relevant to human resources and health care management. The student is required to select and apply one method of human resource management theory. All papers use the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 5th ed. 2001 as the reference for all formal written papers.

Presentation of Scholarly Paper must be completed. This will be in PowerPoint format and posted in the course per instructions.

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 will also require students to respond to at least one other student comments. There is a distinct topic/question for each module. If a student is unable to fulfill this requirement for any reason, he/she should notify the instructor prior to the class and make alternative arrangements. The aim is to encourage interaction among students and faculty, not simply to present information. Students are required to respond to all discussion questions. Student responses to discussion questions must be substantive, that is, thoughtful and analytical. The student will not be expected to strictly follow APA guidelines for online submissions. However, the student is held to academic standards of writing style and the use of proper 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. Participation in each module is worth 10% of your grade. No response or participation in a particular modules topic/question will result in no points for that particular module discussion. Merely responding to the topic/question but not responding to another students comments for any particular section will deduct 2% (i.e., maximum allowable for that module would be 8%).

It is strongly recommended that students communicate with one another and the course professor inside the D2L-based course. For specific directions for professor communication, see specifics from the course professor.

The course professor should respond to comments and questions within a 48 hour timeframe. If there is a time when the course professor will be unavailable, the professor will post a note for all students to see and read specific details.

It is recommended that all students create a homepage introducing themselves. This is probably the best way for everyone to get to know you. 

Class Participation:
Late Policy:

Students are expected to:

  • Check the course calendar 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 April 28, 2017