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NURS5071: Contemporary Health Leadership

The Australian healthcare system is dynamic and continues to experience significant clinical, structural and socio-political transformations. The need for strong and effective leadership has never been more evident, particularly at the clinical interface. While the concept of leadership is not new, the provision of leadership in the clinical arena is now a central component of clinical practice for all health professionals and particularly nurses who, as a profession, comprise much of the health workforce. This unit is structured to enhance the students understanding of what it means to be a nurse leader. It provides a framework for exploring nursing leadership at a personal, clinical and organisational level. It aims to encourage students to take initiative and create supportive and compassionate clinical environments that deliver high quality, safe care to patients. This unit of study pursues a critical analysis of leadership and the context in which nursing leadership occurs. It covers a broad range of topics and is designed to provide students with a detailed understanding of the multiple and often conflicting contexts in which nursing leadership is situated.

Code NURS5071
Academic unit Nursing and Midwifery
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate a high level of understanding of the established theoretical frameworks underpinning leadership, and the ability to analyse leadership context and behaviour from various theoretical perspectives
  • LO2. analyse the contemporary socio-political, organisational, and professional issues confronting leadership in the clinical setting, and evaluate the impact on leadership behaviour in relation to establishing and maintaining healthy organisation cultures, collegiality, and teamwork in both disciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts
  • LO3. analyse the relevant ethical and legal aspects governing clinical practice and their relationship to accountability boundaries that impact on decision-making and leadership behaviour.
  • LO4. evaluate the leadership behaviours of self and others, and demonstrate highly developed skills in reflection and decision-making.
  • LO5. demonstrate the capacity to utilise higher order critical thinking in the planning of innovative and creative leadership strategies

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.