Curriculum Guideline

Nursing Leadership and Management

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Course Code
PNUR 4501
Nursing Leadership and Management
Nursing - Psychiatric
Health Sciences
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4 hours per week

Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction

Learners will have opportunities to develop their theoretical leadership and management knowledge through a variety of means of instructional and activities including: lecture/online, presentations, case studies, critical thinking exercises, classroom discussions, and guest speakers.

Course Description
The focus of this course is to introduce the learner to concepts of leadership and management theory as they relate to health care delivery systems. The learner will gain an understanding of theory and research associated with leadership and management used to support clinical psychiatric nursing practice. Course concepts are addressed in the context of primary health care, health promotion, psychosocial rehabilitation, and the Douglas College Psychiatric Nursing Conceptual Framework.
Course Content

In this course, within the context of Douglas College Department of Psychiatric Nursing’s philosophy and conceptual framework, students will focus on further developing the psychiatric nursing role.  Emphasis will be on promoting health from a leadership and management perspective in the context of psychiatric nursing practice.


Leadership and Management Theories

  • Theoretical Perspectives for Practice
  • Developing Leadership Roles and Functions
  • Developing Management Roles and Functions
  • Managing and Leading Change
  • Decision Making and Problem Solving
  • Conflict, Delegation, and Role Transitioning

Issues for Leadership and Management within Health Care Delivery Systems

  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Health Care Organizations 
  • Quality and Risk Management
  • Power, Politics and Influence
  • Strategic Planning
Learning Outcomes

In this course, learners will have opportunities to:

  • Develop their knowledge of leadership and management theories as this relates to psychiatric nursing practice              
  • Explore the application of leadership & management theory and research to clinical practice contexts              
  • Examine collegiality among a diversity of approaches within the interdisciplinary team
  • Examine core competencies associated with initiating and managing quality care
  • Analyze innovative and emerging roles for psychiatric nursing leadership and management within a shifting health care context
  • Analyze the relationship of management theories to health care delivery systems


Means of Assessment

The course evaluation is consistent with Douglas College evaluation policy.  An evaluation schedule is presented at the beginning of the course.

This is a graded course.

Textbook Materials

A list of required and optional textbooks and refereed journal articles will be provided for students at the beginning of each semester.


PNUR 3401, PNUR 3421, PNUR 3430PNUR 3441, PNUR 3403, PNUR 3462

Students in the BSPN program are required to maintain a passing grade of 65% (C+) in all courses in order to progress in the program.