GHS5850 - Nursing leadership and management - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery


Dr Malcolm Elliott

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


Please note, this unit has had the following change/s during 2017: change to unit coordinator and chief examiner.

For previous handbook information please contact the Faculty office.


The unit gives nursing graduates a program which combines a strong theoretical and practical focus to health management and leadership. Topics on management and administration include: power, authority and politics; leadership; people in health service organisations; change and organisational effectiveness; quality improvement; governance and clinical risk management.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Analyse contemporary theories of leadership and management as it relates to nursing practice
  2. Analyse contemporary theories of management as it relates to nursing practice
  3. Evaluate the concept of clinical leadership in nursing as it relates to patient outcomes
  4. Identify and evaluate the principles of patient safety within the complexity of varying healthcare contexts
  5. Critically analyse the impact of the theoretical concepts of leadership and management to patient safety
  6. Examine the impact of health policy on nursing management
  7. Understand and describe the components of governance within Healthcare contexts in relation to patient safety
  8. Appraise the characteristics of effective organisations through the use of continuous improvement strategies
  9. Critically analyse theories of practice change management and their application to health care settings.


  • Written/oral assignment (Leadership and management) (5000 words) (50%) (hurdle)
  • Written/oral assignment (Quality) (2500-3000 words) (30%)
  • Active learning engagement (20%)

Chief examiner(s)

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