NUR5325 - Clinical leadership in nursing - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Cheryle Moss


Associate Professor Cheryle Moss

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (Flexible)


The aim of this unit is to research and apply modern leadership theories to clinical nursing practice. The content is delivered in three modules. The first module examines concepts of the development of clinical leadership performance and skills. The second explores contemporary leadership theories and considers their relevance to nursing leadership in a range of clinical contexts. The third examines developmental strategies in nursing that require operationalization of clinical leadership.


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

  1. Identify personal clinical leadership goals;
  2. Assess clinical leadership readiness and related skill sets of nurses in practice;
  3. Critically analyse leadership theories relevant to nursing practice and their application in clinical nursing services;
  4. Construct and critique strategies for clinical development through leadership;
  5. Evaluate outcomes of successful leadership;
  6. Evaluate clinical development outcomes produced through leadership intervention.


  • Written assignment 1 (2,000 - 2,500 words) (40%) (Hurdle)
  • Written assignment 2 (2,000 - 2,500 words) (40%) (Hurdle)
  • Group presentation (20 minutes) (20%)

Workload requirements

Flexible: 4 hours per week lectures, tutorials and workshops; 8 hours per week self-directed learning (directed and self-directed reading).

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