This course serves as the capstone course and focuses on the role of the nurse in the delivery of nursing care to the community, which is viewed as a unit. The professional leadership role to synthesize major curriculum concepts is explored and developed. Health care needs, delivery patterns, services, and resources are identified and analyzed. The community is assessed in relation to cultural and environmental influences, such as epidemiology, substance abuse, and violent behavioral patterns. A family theory perspective is used to identify such concepts as family communication patterns, types of families, loss, grief, and family violence. Strategies to assist families and the community are discussed. Students discuss and define various roles within leadership, such as manager, teacher, participant in care delivery, and change agent. Major topics of discussion include: leadership styles, group dynamics, collaborative practice, organizational structure, management processes, management styles, and change. Structured and unstructured health care environments are utilized to provide clinical experience for students with individuals, families, groups, and communities. Prerequisite: Current Ohio active R.N. license and nursing professional liability insurance; clinical clearance; NUR 30808, NUR 40303, and NUR 41404, all with a grade of “C” or better in theory; and NUR 30808 with a “satisfactory” designation for clinical performance.
Offered Spring for 9 Semester hours.