Apply leadership concepts in the development and initiation of effective plans for the micro systems and system-wide practice improvements that will improve the quality of healthcare delivery.

Week 1 discussion
The Affordable Care
Act
Healthcare reform is a term that is ever present in our
practice settings and will not disappear any time soon.
Share with the class implementation of the Affordable Care
Act in your organization. (If you are not working as a nurse, think about what
was happening when you were a prelicensure student).
How did your fellow healthcare workers react to
implementation of the ACA?
How were citizens in your community impacted?

Week 2 discussion
AACN Essentials
Self-Assessment and Patient-Centered Care
Week 2: The AACN Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for
Professional NursingSelf-Assessment
Understanding the competencies related to the AACN
Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice
provides you with valuable information as you begin to study this course.
Complete this self-assessment, which is based on The
Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing from the
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2008) prior to posting to the
discussion on this topic
Place a check mark or X in the column that best describes
your current level of competency or understanding of the Essentials statement.
There are no incorrect answers.
After you have completed the assessment, total the number of
points that you earned. Record this number in a location where you will be able
to retrieve it at the end of the course, when it will serve as the basis for a
future discussion.
AACN (American Association of Colleges of Nursing)
Baccalaureate Essentials Poor
1 Good
2 Very
Good
3 Excellent
4
Essential II: Basic Organizational and Systems Leadership
for Quality Care and Patient Safety
Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision-making in
the provision of high qualitynursing care, healthcare team coordination, and
the oversight and accountability for care delivery in a variety of settings.
Demonstrate leadership and communication skills to
effectively implement patientsafety and quality improvement initiatives within
the context of the interprofessional team.
Participate in quality and patient safety initiatives,
recognizing that these are complex systemissues, which involve individuals,
families, groups, communities, populations, and other members of the healthcare
team.
Employ principles of quality improvement, healthcare policy,
and cost-effectiveness to assist in the development and initiation of effective
plans for the microsystem and system-wide practice improvements that will
improve the quality of healthcare delivery.
Essential V: Healthcare Policy, Finance, and Regulatory
Environments
Demonstrate basic knowledge of healthcare policy, finance,
and regulatory environments, including local, state, national, and global
healthcare trends.
Explore the impact of sociocultural, economic, legal, and
political factors influencing healthcare delivery and practice.
Examine the roles and responsibilities of the regulatory
agencies and their effect on patient care quality, workplace safety, and the
scope of nursing and other health professionals practice.
Advocate for consumers and the nursing profession.
Essential VI: Interprofessional Communication and
Collaboration for Improving Patient Health Outcomes
Use inter and intrarofessional communication and
collaborative skills to deliver evidence-based, patient-centered care.
Incorporate effective communication techniques, including
negotiation and conflict resolution to produce positive professional working
relationships.
Demonstrate appropriate teambuilding and collaborative
strategies when working with interprofessional teams.
Advocate for high-quality and safe patient care as a member of
the interprofessional team
Essential VIII: Professionalism and Professional Values
Demonstrate the professional standards of moral, ethical,
and legal conduct.
Promote the image of nursing by modeling the values and
articulating the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of the nursing profession.
Reflect on ones own beliefs and values as they relate to
professional practice.
Articulate the value of pursuing practice excellence,
lifelong learning, and professional engagement to foster professional growth
and development.
Total for each column
Grand total (add all columns)
Source: American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).
(2008). The essentials of baccalaureate education for professional nursing
practice. Washington, DC: AACN. Retrieved from http://www.aacn.nche.edu/education-resources/baccessentials08.pdf/
After you have completed your self-assessment, answer the
following questions:
If you are willing, please share your total score on the
AACN Essentials Self-Assessment. If you do not wish to share your score, give a
general description of your current KSA levels.
Candidly identify and share with your classmates areas where
knowledge, skills or abilities (KSAs) are lacking?
Describe the relationship between the AACN Essentials and
your new-found knowledge about Patient Centered Care. Are there opportunities
for you to improve?

Week 3 discussion
Conflict and
Collaboration
Please watch the video and listen to the dialogue before
posting.
Second Life Video (Links to an external site.)Links to an
external site.
Transcript (Links to an external site.)Links to an external
site.
At times the needs of our families conflict with our work
responsibilities. Could this possibly be the underlying issue here?
Explain the conflict resolution skills displayed by the
leader in the scenario. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate those of the
leader.
How might earlier collaboration have been beneficial?
Some organizations utilize non Registered Nurses in the Case
Manager role. What additional skills, knowledge and attributes would the
BSN-prepared Registered Nurse bring to case management in this scenario?

Week 4 discussion
Transformational
Nursing Leaders
Review Appendix A, Sections IV in Finkelman (2016).
Select one of the sections and share how your chief nurse
executive demonstrates expertise in these competencies. Your comments should be about the highest
nursing leader in your organization. Typically this is the leader who
represents nurses and nursing to the governing board.
In your own words, explain the differences between a
transactional nursing leader and a transformational nursing leader. What one is
more like your Nurse Executive?
Describe how the Nurse Executive leads the charge for
transformational leadership in an organization where you work or have done
prelicensure clinical experiences.

Week 5 discussion
Patient Outcomes
Review the story at the link below before posting to the
discussion:
Rau, J. (2015). Half of nations hospitals fail again to
escape Medicares readmission penalties. Kaiser Health News. Retrieved from
Half Of Nation’s Hospitals Fail Again To Escape Medicare’s Readmission Penalties
(Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
After you have finished, consider how you would respond to
the following situation:
Your local hospital has received notice from CMS (Centers
for Medicare and Medicaid) regarding their readmission rates.
As a BSN prepared nurse, you have been asked to serve as a
consultant to suggest a new Quality (Performance) Improvement process for ONE
of the areas of deficiency. Write some brief steps (suggestions) for
improvement as you contemplate accepting the consulting opportunity.
Share practice improvements utilized from your own clinical
nursing experiences that have led to enhanced patient outcomes.

Week 6 discussion
Civility in the
Workplace
Complete the Clark Workplace Civility Index Assessment
(Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..
After you are finished, read the assigned article:
Lachman, V. D. (2015). Ethical issues in the disruptive
behaviors of incivility, bullying, and horizontal/lateral violence. Urologic
Nursing, 35(1), 39-42. Retrieved from
http://proxy.chamberlain.edu:8080/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=c9h&AN=100927729&site=eds-live&scope=site
(Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Next watch the video by clicking on the link below.
Video (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Transcript (Links to an external site.)Links to an external
site.
Reflect on what you observed in the video as you answer the
following:
Based on what you observed, what leadership skills should
you, as Masayas preceptor, model for your fellow coworkers to promote his
acceptance into the work-group or team.
Does incivility seem to be an issue in the scenario?
Describe any common themes you discovered among the article,
the video and the Civility Index
Share how you may improve your score on the index based on
what you have read.

Week 7 discussion
Our Future Leaders
In Hustons (2010) brief, but impressive article (required
reading this week), the author outlines several leadership competencies that
EVERY nurse leader will need for 2020. That year is not too far in the future,
is it?
Select one of the eight leadership competencies Huston
described and relate it to your own leadership of nurses and nursing. This
should promote a robust discussion as we come from different clinical and
nonclinical perspectives.
Discuss how the BSN-prepared nurse can assist a nurse leader
in the budgeting process by contributing data readily available to the staff
nurse.
Huston, C. (2010). What skills will the nurse leaders of
2020 need? (2010). Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand, 16(6), 1415. Retrieved from
http://proxy.chamberlain.edu:8080/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ccm&AN=105060080&site=ehost-live
(Links to an external site.)

Week 8 discussion
Closing the Loop
Complete the Week 8 AACN Essentials Self-Assessment (Links
to an external site.)Links to an external site..
Compare your scores from Week 2 to Week 8.
Describe how far have you come and how much further do you
wish to go in improving your competencies during the next two years of
practice.
Next, review the Course Outcomes as listed in the Syllabus.
Select one of the course outcomes and share with your classmates how you feel
you have achieved the outcome and how you will utilize the essentials and
course outcomes in your practice setting.

Week 3: Conflict
Resolution Paper
Purpose
The purpose of this assignment is to learn how to identify
and effectively manage conflicts that arise in care delivery settings resulting
in better management of patient care, including appropriate delegation. You
will gain insight into conflict management strategies and develop a plan to
collaborate with a potential nurse leader about the conflict and its impact in
a practice setting.
Course Outcomes
Completion of this assignment enables the student to meet
the following course outcomes.
CO1: Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision making
in the provision of high-quality nursing care, healthcare team management, and
the oversight and accountability for care delivery in a variety of settings.
(PO2)
CO3: Participate in the development and implementation of
imaginative and creative strategies to enable systems to change. (PO7)
CO6: Develop a personal awareness of complex organizational
systems, and integrate values and beliefs with organizational mission. (PO7)
CO7: Apply leadership concepts in the development and
initiation of effective plans for the microsystems and system-wide practice
improvements that will improve the quality of healthcare delivery. (POs 2 and
3)

Week 5: Nursing Care
Models Paper
Purpose
The purpose of this assignment is to identify nursing care
models utilized in today’s various health care settings and enhance your
knowledge of how models impact the management of care and may influence
delegation. You will assess the effectiveness of models and determine how you
would collaborate with a nurse leader to identify opportunities for improvement
to ensure quality, safety and staff satisfaction.
Course Outcomes
Completion of this assignment enables the student to meet
the following course outcomes.
CO1: Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision making
in the provision of high quality nursing care, healthcare team management, and
the oversight and accountability for care delivery in a variety of settings.
(PO2)
CO2: Implement patient safety and quality improvement
initiatives within the context of the interprofessional team through
communication and relationship building. (PO3)
CO3: Participate in the development and implementation of
imaginative and creative strategies to enable systems to change. (PO7)
CO6: Develop a personal awareness of complex organizational
systems and integrate values and beliefs with organizational mission. (PO7)
CO7: Apply leadership concepts in the development and
initiation of effective plans for the microsystems and/or system-wide practice
improvements that will improve the quality of healthcare delivery. (PO2, and 3)
CO8: Apply concepts of quality and safety using structure,
process, and outcome measures to identify clinical questions as the beginning
process of changing current practice. (PO8)

Week 6: Performance
Measurement PowerPoint Slide Show
Purpose
The purpose of this PowerPoint presentation is to locate and
compare performance measurement data on common health conditions for the
hospitals in your area. You will investigate the Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services websites and locate hospital compare data for hospitals
within a 50-mile radius of the community where you are working or had your
prelicensure clinical experiences. You will prepare a PowerPoint presentation
and share the results of your findings. Opportunities for improving performance
measurement indicators will be shared.
Course Outcomes
Completion of this assignment enables the student to meet
the following course outcomes.
CO1: Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision making
in the provision of high-quality nursing care, healthcare team management, and
the oversight and accountability for care delivery in a variety of settings.
(PO2)
CO2: Implement patient safety and quality improvement
initiatives within the context of the interprofessional team through
communication and relationship building. (PO3)
CO3: Participate in the development and implementation of
imaginative and creative strategies to enable systems to change. (PO7)
CO7: Apply leadership concepts in the development and
initiation of effective plans for the microsystems and system-wide practice
improvements that will improve the quality of healthcare delivery. (POs 2 and
3)
CO8: Apply concepts of quality and safety using structure,
process and outcome measures to identify clinical questions as the beginning
process of changing current practice. (PO8)
Week 1 discussion The Affordable Care
ActHealthcare reform is a term that is ever present in our
practice settings and will not disappear any time soon.Share with the class implementation of the Affordable Care
Act in your organization. (If you are not working as a nurse, think about what
was happening when you were a prelicensure student).How did your fellow healthcare workers react to
implementation of the ACA?How were citizens in your community impacted?Week 2 discussion AACN Essentials
Self-Assessment and Patient-Centered CareWeek 2: The AACN Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for
Professional NursingSelf-AssessmentUnderstanding the competencies related to the AACN
Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice
provides you with valuable information as you begin to study this course.Complete this self-assessment, which is based on The
Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing from the
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2008) prior to posting to the
discussion on this topicPlace a check mark or X in the column that best describes
your current level of competency or understanding of the Essentials statement.
There are no incorrect answers. After you have completed the assessment, total the number of
points that you earned. Record this number in a location where you will be able
to retrieve it at the end of the course, when it will serve as the basis for a
future discussion.AACN (American Association of Colleges of Nursing)
Baccalaureate Essentials Poor1 Good2 Very
Good3 Excellent4Essential II: Basic Organizational and Systems Leadership
for Quality Care and Patient Safety Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision-making in
the provision of high qualitynursing care, healthcare team coordination, and
the oversight and accountability for care delivery in a variety of settings. Demonstrate leadership and communication skills to
effectively implement patientsafety and quality improvement initiatives within
the context of the interprofessional team. Participate in quality and patient safety initiatives,
recognizing that these are complex systemissues, which involve individuals,
families, groups, communities, populations, and other members of the healthcare
team. Employ principles of quality improvement, healthcare policy,
and cost-effectiveness to assist in the development and initiation of effective
plans for the microsystem and system-wide practice improvements that will
improve the quality of healthcare delivery. Essential V: Healthcare Policy, Finance, and Regulatory
Environments Demonstrate basic knowledge of healthcare policy, finance,
and regulatory environments, including local, state, national, and global
healthcare trends. Explore the impact of sociocultural, economic, legal, and
political factors influencing healthcare delivery and practice. Examine the roles and responsibilities of the regulatory
agencies and their effect on patient care quality, workplace safety, and the
scope of nursing and other health professionals practice. Advocate for consumers and the nursing profession. Essential VI: Interprofessional Communication and
Collaboration for Improving Patient Health Outcomes Use inter and intrarofessional communication and
collaborative skills to deliver evidence-based, patient-centered care. Incorporate effective communication techniques, including
negotiation and conflict resolution to produce positive professional working
relationships. Demonstrate appropriate teambuilding and collaborative
strategies when working with interprofessional teams. Advocate for high-quality and safe patient care as a member of
the interprofessional team Essential VIII: Professionalism and Professional Values Demonstrate the professional standards of moral, ethical,
and legal conduct. Promote the image of nursing by modeling the values and
articulating the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of the nursing profession. Reflect on ones own beliefs and values as they relate to
professional practice. Articulate the value of pursuing practice excellence,
lifelong learning, and professional engagement to foster professional growth
and development. Total for each column Grand total (add all columns) Source: American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).
(2008). The essentials of baccalaureate education for professional nursing
practice. Washington, DC: AACN. Retrieved from http://www.aacn.nche.edu/education-resources/baccessentials08.pdf/After you have completed your self-assessment, answer the
following questions:If you are willing, please share your total score on the
AACN Essentials Self-Assessment. If you do not wish to share your score, give a
general description of your current KSA levels.Candidly identify and share with your classmates areas where
knowledge, skills or abilities (KSAs) are lacking?Describe the relationship between the AACN Essentials and
your new-found knowledge about Patient Centered Care. Are there opportunities
for you to improve?Week 3 discussion Conflict and
CollaborationPlease watch the video and listen to the dialogue before
posting.Second Life Video (Links to an external site.)Links to an
external site.Transcript (Links to an external site.)Links to an external
site.At times the needs of our families conflict with our work
responsibilities. Could this possibly be the underlying issue here?Explain the conflict resolution skills displayed by the
leader in the scenario. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate those of the
leader.How might earlier collaboration have been beneficial?Some organizations utilize non Registered Nurses in the Case
Manager role. What additional skills, knowledge and attributes would the
BSN-prepared Registered Nurse bring to case management in this scenario?Week 4 discussion Transformational
Nursing LeadersReview Appendix A, Sections IV in Finkelman (2016).Select one of the sections and share how your chief nurse
executive demonstrates expertise in these competencies. Your comments should be about the highest
nursing leader in your organization. Typically this is the leader who
represents nurses and nursing to the governing board.In your own words, explain the differences between a
transactional nursing leader and a transformational nursing leader. What one is
more like your Nurse Executive?Describe how the Nurse Executive leads the charge for
transformational leadership in an organization where you work or have done
prelicensure clinical experiences.Week 5 discussion Patient OutcomesReview the story at the link below before posting to the
discussion:Rau, J. (2015). Half of nations hospitals fail again to
escape Medicares readmission penalties. Kaiser Health News. Retrieved from
Half Of Nation’s Hospitals Fail Again To Escape Medicare’s Readmission Penalties
(Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.After you have finished, consider how you would respond to
the following situation:Your local hospital has received notice from CMS (Centers
for Medicare and Medicaid) regarding their readmission rates.As a BSN prepared nurse, you have been asked to serve as a
consultant to suggest a new Quality (Performance) Improvement process for ONE
of the areas of deficiency. Write some brief steps (suggestions) for
improvement as you contemplate accepting the consulting opportunity.Share practice improvements utilized from your own clinical
nursing experiences that have led to enhanced patient outcomes.Week 6 discussion Civility in the
WorkplaceComplete the Clark Workplace Civility Index Assessment
(Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..After you are finished, read the assigned article:Lachman, V. D. (2015). Ethical issues in the disruptive
behaviors of incivility, bullying, and horizontal/lateral violence. Urologic
Nursing, 35(1), 39-42. Retrieved from
http://proxy.chamberlain.edu:8080/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=c9h&AN=100927729&site=eds-live&scope=site
(Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.Next watch the video by clicking on the link below.Video (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.Transcript (Links to an external site.)Links to an external
site. Reflect on what you observed in the video as you answer the
following:Based on what you observed, what leadership skills should
you, as Masayas preceptor, model for your fellow coworkers to promote his
acceptance into the work-group or team.Does incivility seem to be an issue in the scenario?Describe any common themes you discovered among the article,
the video and the Civility IndexShare how you may improve your score on the index based on
what you have read.Week 7 discussion Our Future LeadersIn Hustons (2010) brief, but impressive article (required
reading this week), the author outlines several leadership competencies that
EVERY nurse leader will need for 2020. That year is not too far in the future,
is it?Select one of the eight leadership competencies Huston
described and relate it to your own leadership of nurses and nursing. This
should promote a robust discussion as we come from different clinical and
nonclinical perspectives.Discuss how the BSN-prepared nurse can assist a nurse leader
in the budgeting process by contributing data readily available to the staff
nurse.Huston, C. (2010). What skills will the nurse leaders of
2020 need? (2010). Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand, 16(6), 1415. Retrieved from
http://proxy.chamberlain.edu:8080/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ccm&AN=105060080&site=ehost-live
(Links to an external site.)Week 8 discussion Closing the LoopComplete the Week 8 AACN Essentials Self-Assessment (Links
to an external site.)Links to an external site..Compare your scores from Week 2 to Week 8.Describe how far have you come and how much further do you
wish to go in improving your competencies during the next two years of
practice.Next, review the Course Outcomes as listed in the Syllabus.
Select one of the course outcomes and share with your classmates how you feel
you have achieved the outcome and how you will utilize the essentials and
course outcomes in your practice setting.Week 3: Conflict
Resolution PaperPurposeThe purpose of this assignment is to learn how to identify
and effectively manage conflicts that arise in care delivery settings resulting
in better management of patient care, including appropriate delegation. You
will gain insight into conflict management strategies and develop a plan to
collaborate with a potential nurse leader about the conflict and its impact in
a practice setting.Course OutcomesCompletion of this assignment enables the student to meet
the following course outcomes.CO1: Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision making
in the provision of high-quality nursing care, healthcare team management, and
the oversight and accountability for care delivery in a variety of settings.
(PO2)CO3: Participate in the development and implementation of
imaginative and creative strategies to enable systems to change. (PO7)CO6: Develop a personal awareness of complex organizational
systems, and integrate values and beliefs with organizational mission. (PO7)CO7: Apply leadership concepts in the development and
initiation of effective plans for the micro systems and system-wide practice
improvements that will improve the quality of healthcare delivery. (POs 2 and
3)Week 5: Nursing Care
Models PaperPurposeThe purpose of this assignment is to identify nursing care
models utilized in today’s various health care settings and enhance your
knowledge of how models impact the management of care and may influence
delegation. You will assess the effectiveness of models and determine how you
would collaborate with a nurse leader to identify opportunities for improvement
to ensure quality, safety and staff satisfaction.Course OutcomesCompletion of this assignment enables the student to meet
the following course outcomes.CO1: Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision making
in the provision of high quality nursing care, healthcare team management, and
the oversight and accountability for care delivery in a variety of settings.
(PO2)CO2: Implement patient safety and quality improvement
initiatives within the context of the interprofessional team through
communication and relationship building. (PO3)CO3: Participate in the development and implementation of
imaginative and creative strategies to enable systems to change. (PO7)CO6: Develop a personal awareness of complex organizational
systems and integrate values and beliefs with organizational mission. (PO7)CO7: Apply leadership concepts in the development and
initiation of effective plans for the microsystems and/or system-wide practice
improvements that will improve the quality of healthcare delivery. (PO2, and 3)CO8: Apply concepts of quality and safety using structure,
process, and outcome measures to identify clinical questions as the beginning
process of changing current practice. (PO8)Week 6: Performance
Measurement PowerPoint Slide ShowPurposeThe purpose of this PowerPoint presentation is to locate and
compare performance measurement data on common health conditions for the
hospitals in your area. You will investigate the Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services websites and locate hospital compare data for hospitals
within a 50-mile radius of the community where you are working or had your
prelicensure clinical experiences. You will prepare a PowerPoint presentation
and share the results of your findings. Opportunities for improving performance
measurement indicators will be shared.Course OutcomesCompletion of this assignment enables the student to meet
the following course outcomes.CO1: Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision making
in the provision of high-quality nursing care, healthcare team management, and
the oversight and accountability for care delivery in a variety of settings.
(PO2)CO2: Implement patient safety and quality improvement
initiatives within the context of the interprofessional team through
communication and relationship building. (PO3)CO3: Participate in the development and implementation of
imaginative and creative strategies to enable systems to change. (PO7)CO7: Apply leadership concepts in the development and
initiation of effective plans for the microsystems and system-wide practice
improvements that will improve the quality of healthcare delivery. (POs 2 and
3)CO8: Apply concepts of quality and safety using structure,
process and outcome measures to identify clinical questions as the beginning
process of changing current practice. (PO8)

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