THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT
This course will explore, in particular, leadership and management paradigms and theories that inform the nurse and the profession. The pertinent literature related to leadership and management within nursing and the broader health care environment will be critically analyzed and applied. Topics will include, but are not limited to: a) exploration of leadership and management frameworks in nursing and health care, b) critique of leadership theories, and c) examination of leadership's impact on the role of the nurse, the profession, and the health care system. The foci of the course are the exploration, critical analysis, and application of theory and research findings related to leadership. This course is an elective in the MSc. and Ph.D. Nursing programs.
Each student will conduct a two-hour presentation (1½ hour for presentation and ½ hour for class discussion), which integrates a theoretical framework to a real leadership issue from her/his clinical or administrative practice. Each individual presentation will include a comprehensive presentation of the opportunity, challenge, issue, or problem and the contextual factors impacting the situation. A focus on one component of the situation supported with rationale is required. Theory, concepts, and a framework relevant to the situation will be presented for their applicability to the leadership issue. Proposed strategies, interventions, and evaluation measures to address the situation will also be presented based on a review of the literature. The individual seminar is 35% of the final mark.
The purpose of the theoretical analysis is to develop skill in analysis of selected literature and to offer a commentary on the relative usefulness to the practice settings. Each student will select a leader in a health care setting and meet with the leader to reach agreement on a leadership issue of interest to both parties. The student will interview the leader to learn details about the issue, when the leader became aware of the issue, how the issue influences practice, and expected outcomes of the issue. Once the interview is completed the student will undertake a critical analysis of relevant literature, specifically, an appropriate theoretical model/framework and critically appraise its applicability to the issue. Best practice and/or benchmarking literature will also be integrated and used to augment the analysis. Conclusions and strategies will be drawn from this analysis. The strategies will be shared with the leader. This can be accomplished through an additional meeting with the leader (optional) and by forwarding an executive summary to the leader. The theoretical analysis is 25% of the final mark.
Each student will complete a scholarly paper that demonstrates the integration of theory and application to address a real leadership issue from her/his clinical or administrative work setting. The student will choose a real leadership issue from her/his clinical or administrative work setting. The purpose of the paper is to provide the student with an opportunity to critique and apply relevant theory and research findings to a leadership situation. The scholarly paper is 40% of the final mark.
Each student will share her/his plan pertaining to the leadership issue identified in the scholarly paper. The student may think of this opportunity as a presentation of plans for change to colleagues in the work place. The presentation will be 10 minutes in length with 10 minutes for questions. Key areas of focus include a statement of the issue, the theoretical framework used, a short description of the plan, evaluation measures, and a short analysis/interpretation. The abstract presentation is pass/fail