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NURS423 Nursing - Leadership and Management 1

An introduction to contemporary theories of leadership and management as integrated into the discipline of nursing, including the changing health care environment, the tasks of nursing management, the process of nursing leadership, and cultural safety and nursing leadership in New Zealand.

This paper focuses on leading nursing communities. Content includes management of personnel, strategic planning, performance, risk management, capacity building and clinical governance.

Paper title Nursing - Leadership and Management 1
Paper code NURS423
Subject Nursing
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,903.00
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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NURX 423
Limited to
MHealSc, PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc

The applicant will:

  • Have registration as a nurse from a three-year programme or course, congruent with the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance (HPCA) Act 2003.
  • Hold a current Practising Certificate.
Teaching staff

Convenor: Dr Chris Hendry.

Paper Structure

Two key themes are explored:

  • Influencing Nursing covers sustaining leadership in practice and a users' orientation on administration.
  • Thinking Strategically involves the policy/provision interface and strategy for healthcare organisations.
Teaching Arrangements

This Distance Learning paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching.

Two 2-day study blocks and 2 online study days.

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Main text: Marshall, E. & Broome, M. (2017). Transformational leadership in nursing. New York: Springer Publishing. (Available as E-Book).

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

In relation to course themes, the nurse leader who successfully completes the paper will be in a position to:

  • Influence Nursing Leadership and Management
    1. Demonstrate understanding of leadership principles as applied to their personal leadership development and to the healthcare environment in which they work.
    2. Apply knowledge of group roles, processes and dynamics to facilitate effective communication and consultation processes within a multi-disciplinary healthcare organisation.
    3. Show knowledge of the interface between the practice setting and other relevant agencies (including Māori and Pacific Island health providers).
    4. Apply the principles of cultural safety in nursing practice in alignment with the policies of the Nursing Council of New Zealand and the University of Otago's commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi.
    5. Apply knowledge of "professional oversight" and mentorship to facilitate effective leadership within diverse healthcare teams.
  • Think Strategically
    1. Identify key issues of strategic management and organisational performance in healthcare organisations.
    2. Demonstrate understanding of national and international policies and legislation impacting on workforce development in nursing communities.
    3. Administer, monitor and evaluate nursing care delivery systems using contemporary nursing management theories and practices.
    4. Demonstrate understanding of accounting principles for decision-making and budget purposes.
    5. Demonstrate understanding of environmental analysis and strategic planning processes and their application to development of practice.

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This paper will be offered in Dunedin subject to numbers, so early enrolment is recommended


Essay 40%
Assignment 60%

Further information

Administrator Client Services
Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345, Christchurch, New Zealand
Tel +64 3 364 3852

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system