Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Today's Healthcare Climate

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Disclosure: This course is presented by Elite Professional Education LLC

Course release date: 4/1/2020
Course expiration date: 4/1/2023

About the Course
Today’s nurse leader is not only required, but expected, to work in a rapidly changing, competitive, and complex, healthcare arena - an environment that embraces and demands the use of new, cutting edge medical knowledge, expertise, technology, and informatics. Some contemporary issues that nurse leaders face include the use of a variety of settings where care is provided outside of acute-care hospitals, greater diversity in both the patient and healthcare workforce, impacts on nursing healthcare providers’ (advanced practice nurses, clinical nurse specialists, clinical nurse leaders) roles and functions, and the need for healthcare professionals to work in interprofessional teams. This course provides an overview of today’s complex healthcare arena discussing the numerous contemporary issues nurse leaders must face on a daily basis.  The course presents the various healthcare environments and structures and discusses and outlines required core competencies of nurse leaders. Detailed explanations, tools, examples, and resources are provided to help the learner appreciate, develop, and apply these core competencies and skills at their own practice.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Discuss how specific contemporary issues in healthcare impact nurse leaders.
  • Discuss how various health care delivery systems impact nurse staffing and practice models.
  • Explain the core competencies that nurse leaders need in order to be proficient and why.
  • Compare and contrast the stages of conflict and the models of conflict resolution.
  • Explain how leadership competencies are evaluated in clinical practice.
  • Analyze economic, social, and demographic forces that drive the development of healthcare organizations.
  • Discuss three components of teamwork and collaboration.
About the Authors:

Antoinette Towle, EdD, MSN, APRN, PNP-BC, SNP-BC, is an Associate Professor at Southern Connecticut State University and an American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) Board-Certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). Dr. Towle has worked as a professional nurse for 30+  years within a wide variety of capacities and healthcare settings. Presently, Dr. Towle teaches both graduate and undergraduate nursing students, with a focus on nursing leadership, understanding, respecting, and appreciating cultural diversity, health promotion, and integration of these key components into clinical practice. She was the first to create and continue to lead a nursing service-learning program abroad for students in Jamaica, China, Nicaragua, Peru, and Armenia.

Maria D. Krol, DNP, MSN, RNC-NIC, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nursing at Southern Connecticut State University. She is faculty in the graduate program teaching transforming nursing leadership through policy and advocacy.  Her expertise includes a leadership role in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Case Manager at Bridgeport Hospital and Service Coordinator for patients admitted to burn unit, vascular service, and the entire maternal-child health line. In her 25+ year career, Dr. Krol has had various roles in medical, surgical, and public health nursing and is the president of Sigma Theta Tau (STT) International Honor Society of Nursing, as well as a founding member and Past President of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses-CT Chapter.

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