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Nursing Leadership and Management

Course Code: PNUR 4601
Faculty: Health Sciences
Department: Nursing - Psychiatric
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture, Online
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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

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.

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.

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

course prerequisites

PNUR 4503, PNUR 4573, PNUR 4521, PNUR 4572,  PNUR 4561


PNUR 4661

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.