Colorado university adds nursing leadership degree




Colorado Mesa University has added a degree in nursing leadership, according to an article.

Nurses can participate in an online degree program to obtain a Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Administration. The program will help nurses working in western Colorado at hospitals in Grand Junction such as St. Mary’s Medical Center – SCL Health, and Community Hospital, both of which are setting their sights on Magnet status.

“We already have a master’s program for nurse educators that has been thoroughly popular, but we do have a lot of people in our community who are leaders and that need a little bit different skill set,” Sandie Nadelson, CMU’s director of health sciences stated in the June 4 article published in The Daily Sentinel online. “The program, approved by Colorado Mesa’s Board of Trustees in May, will combine existing classes such as business law and ethics, advanced health assessment and health policy to equip practicing nurses to lead at work.”

Different approaches to teaching nursing leadership

According to Bradley University, which offers several online degrees including FNP and DNP, there are various approaches to nursing leadership with some harming and some helping patient outcomes and staff performance. The Doctor of Nursing Practice program released an infographic in April of 2016 on its website which details transactional, transformational, democratic, authoritarian, and laissez-faire leadership approaches.

“Transformational leadership was associated with reduced medication errors in four of five studies,” the infographic stated. “It seems as though things are done much more carefully inside the hospital when this approach is taken. The style also was related to lower patient mortality in half of the studies.”

Transformational leadership was also associated with lower staff turnover rates, according to the infographic, which cited results from studies conducted by the National Institute of Health and the Journal of Nursing Administration.

Meanwhile, the Nurses on Boards Coalition continues to strive for its goal of having 10,000 nurse leaders serving on boards by 2020. The push came after an IOM report from 2010 recommended increasing the number of nurses on boards to improve healthcare, according to the Nurses on Boards Coalition website.

“Nurses represent the largest segment of the health care workforce, are considered the most trustworthy of all professions and play a huge role on the frontlines of care in our schools, hospitals, community health centers, long-term care facilities and other places,” the NOBC website stated. “Their perspective and influence must be felt more at decision-making tables.”

Currently, the number of nurses serving on boards is 3,121, the website stated, with 360 nurses joining boards over the last 90 days.

Examples of boards that count for service include private and public corporate boards ranging from small startups to big industry; nonprofits and non-nursing boards that serve communities such as United Way, American Red Cross and others; advisory boards of small businesses or nonprofit organizations; and government appointed service to an advisory board, commission, task force, etc.

 


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Sallie Jimenez

Sallie Jimenez 

Sallie Jimenez, who is Content Manager for Healthcare, develops and edits content for OnCourse Learning’s Nurse.com blog, which covers industry news and trends in the nursing profession and healthcare. She also develops content for the OnCourse Learning/Nurse.com Digital Resource Guides. She has more than 22 years of healthcare journalism, content marketing and editing experience.

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