Miami Dade College

Medical Center Campus

School of Nursing


NUR 2810C

Professional Nursing Leadership

2004-2 (Spring Term)


Welcome to NUR2810C – Professional Nursing Leadership.  The faculty is committed to your successful completion of this course.  As this is designated as a “C” course, you will receive one combined grade that reflects an integration of the seminar and clinical components.  Grading will be based on the established criteria and your successful completion of the various components of this course.  Please review this syllabus and feel free to contact the faculty for clarification.  We wish you success in this course.


Course Coordinator:


Denacy Walker                                                           Office: Room 2321

Course Coordinator                                                    Phone: 305-237-4067





Tappen, R., Weiss, S., & Whitehead, D.  (2004).  Essentials of Nursing Leadership and Management. (3nd edition).  F.A. Davis: Philadelphia.



NCLEX-RN review book

Seminar Component


Grading Policy:


  1. Attendance:  Seminar attendance is mandatory in order for you to successfully meet course objectives. 
  2. Preparation & Participation:  You should prepare for each seminar by reading assigned pages.  Based on your readings, write 2 thought-provoking questions and the page in the text your question refers to on 3x5 index cards and bring to class. Textbooks should be brought to class so that you may refer to your text during class discussions.  Information provided in the text will provide a basis for seminar discussions.  Failure to prepare for or participate in the seminars will be reflected in your course grade.
  3. Components of Grade: You should carefully review the minimum requirements for a passing grade of “C” as well as the additional requirements for the grades of “B” and “A”.
  4. Standardized testing:  During the course, you will be assessed using standardized diagnostic tests that will provide valuable individual feedback.  All of these scheduled tests are required.  Failure to take the test(s) will result in a grade of “I” (Incomplete) for the course.  Specific testing dates and times are listed on the course calendar.

·         ATI Comprehensive Examinations


o       ATI RN-Comprehensive Assessment Exam will be taken independently via the Internet.  This non-proctored exam will be taken independently via the Internet during the first week of the course.  Course faculty will verify that you have taken this exam.


After the Comprehensive Assessment Exam taken during the first week of this course, you are expected to devote time to remediation of identified areas of weakness as well as to a general review in preparation for the Comprehensive Predictor Exam. This review would include practice NCLEX questions using one of the NCLEX review books, ATI review materials, and/or related computer



ATI Comprehensive Predictor Exam is a proctored examination to assess your readiness for the NCLEX-RN exam and will be administered during the third week of this course.  The required passing score will be 60% correct responses.  Failure to obtain 60% will result in retesting at the end of the course. Before repeating the test, you should plan to review independently.


Students who are unsuccessful on the second attempt will receive an “I” (Incomplete) for this course. Before repeating the exam, you will be required to have planned formal remediation by the end of the next term prior to any further re-testing.  Students who achieve the minimum required score on the third attempt of the Comprehensive Predictor Exam would receive a grade of “C” for this course regardless of the actual earned grade.



o       ATI Nursing Leadership & Management Exam will be taken independently via the internet. This non-proctored exam will be taken independently during the first week of the course. Course faculty will verify that the exam has been taken.


NCLEX-RN:  After the comprehensive exam taken during the first week of this course, you are expected to devote time to remediation of identified areas of weakness as well as to a general review in preparation of the NCLEX-RN Exam. The preparation should include practice NCLEX questions using one of the NCLEX review books, ATI review materials, and or computer related software.


Clinical component


Grading Policy:

Please refer to Manual of Clinical Performance and the Clinical Evaluation Tool.


Dress code and supplies:

Please refer to School of Nursing Orientation Manual


Health/CPR Requirements:

Please refer to School of Nursing Orientation Manual.  Students must present documentation of health/CPR requirements on the first clinical day.



Attendance is mandatory.  Absences will be noted on the clinical evaluation tool and may jeopardize your ability to successfully complete course requirements.  All clinical days include a 30-minute meal break and a 15-minute off-unit break.


Clinical faculty and your assigned nursing unit must be notified in advance of any absences.


During this course you will function as a member of the health care team under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse (preceptor). Your clinical instructor will be accessible to you and will evaluate your ability to accomplish identified objectives in conjunction with your assigned preceptor.  The specific roles of the student, clinical instructor, and preceptor are outlined in the syllabus.


A “Preceptor Information” document has been prepared for you to share with your preceptor.  This includes information regarding roles of student, faculty, and the preceptor during the Professional Nursing Leadership course.


NUR 2810C


Please review the following grading criteria.  Your grade for Professional Nursing Leadership will be based on your successful completion of these requirements.  In order to pass this course, you must meet the requirements for a grade of “C.”

To obtain a grade of “C”

I will complete mandatory attendance/assignments in seminar, clinical, and NCLEX-RN review sessions.  

In addition, I will:

q       Prepare for, attend, and participate in all scheduled seminars.

q       Bring 2 questions to each seminar on index cards based on assigned readings.

q       Attend all scheduled clinical days.

q       Adhere to professional behaviors as stated in the School of Nursing Manual of Clinical Performance.

q       Meet objectives as stated in the Level 2 School of Nursing Curriculum.

q       Complete required clinical and seminar assignments by the due dates.

q       Take the ATI Nursing Leadership & Management Exam. (Date TBA)

q       Take the ATI RN-Comprehensive Assessment Exam during the first week of the course.

q       Develop and implement four personal behavioral objectives – submit to Clinical Instructor.      

q       Maintain a daily clinical journal according to course guidelines

q       Submit a résumé.

q       Submit a one-page personal philosophy of nursing.

q       Complete 1500 NCLEX practice questions (300 per week) and document in journal.

q       Achieve a minimum passing score (60% or higher) on the ATI RN Comprehensive Predictor Exam.


To obtain a grade of “B”

q       I will complete all of the above requirements for a grade of “C” plus    

q       Complete a special project or activity.


To obtain a grade of “A”

q       I will complete all of the above requirements for a grade of “B” plus prepare and present a teaching project to the unit staff on a topic appropriate for the staff and approved by the clinical faculty 

o       Written outline

o       Unit presentations


Guidelines for Clinical Assignments


Assignments  - All written assignments for the course will be submitted to and graded by your clinical instructor.  Assignments will be graded as pass/fail.  Each assignment may be resubmitted one time.


Behavioral Objectives – Each student is required to submit four (4) typewritten personal behavioral objectives to his/her clinical faculty.  Prior to the due date, a handwritten copy may be given to your clinical instructor for correction and/or clarification.   All objectives must be finalized by the end of the first week of clinical.  Behavioral objectives are cognitive, affective, and psychomotor and one of each type should be included.  Information regarding the development of objects will be provided during seminar orientation.  Your clinical instructor will be available to assist you as well. 


Daily Journal – Students are required to maintain a written journal of their activities in the clinical area.  The journal should include how you are meeting both course and personal objectives and is intended to give you a systematic way of documenting the activities and experiences throughout the course.  This also provides a vehicle for communicating with the clinical instructor as well as a means of evaluating your progress.  Entries should be made for each clinical day and dated.  Your clinical instructor will expect the journal to be kept up to date and may ask to read it on a daily basis while in the hospital.  Please obtain a small notebook to be used for your journal.  

Write as if you were writing a letter or speaking to someone.  Include events of the day and how you responded to new challenges and conflicts.  Be sure to include:


      Responsibilities of the day (unit and patient)

      Procedures performed and new learning

      Evaluation of your actions and nursing care

      Progress towards meeting personal and course objectives

      Actual or perceived problems along with resolutions




I was assigned three patients and had one nursing technician to work with.  The tech had an attitude because she has been here forever and doesn’t like students, and I felt intimidated.  She didn’t do the work and I was accountable.  At noon, I decided to talk to her.  I started by saying I really needed her help because I was just learning.  Surprise!  She listened to me and we were able to work things out.  She was a big help this afternoon when I had a new admission and a discharge.  My three patients are all telemetry patients, and I can tell I don’t have enough experience reading EKGs.  Will try to brush up on heart blocks.  All in all, this was a good day because I did handle everything without any major mistakes.  The best part was when a patient’s wife told me she was so thankful I was caring for her husband.”

Please note that the projects you may pursue for the grades of “B” or “A” are independent of one another.  In other words, if you choose to work on one topic for your “B” project, this project may not be part of the “A” project as well.

This assignment is required for a grade of “B”

Special Project or Activity - Special projects or activities will be agreed upon between the student and clinical instructor.  The primary requirement is that the project or activity assists the student in meeting course objectives.  Prior approval for any project must be obtained from the clinical instructor.  Projects and activities must be completed during the leadership course.  The project must be submitted to your clinical instructor.  All submitted written documents must be typed double-spaced, in a 12-point font using the APA format. 


The following is a list of suggested special projects/activities:

  1. Prepare a bulletin board display.
  2. Design a game to teach a concept to future nursing students.
  3. Make videotape for future student use.
  4. Conduct an interview (your subject may be a recent nursing graduate, a nurse who has practiced for more than 25 years, a nurse administrator, a nurse researcher, a nurse practitioner, etc.).  Interview guidelines and questions you plan to ask of the interviewee should be submitted to faculty before conducting the interview.  Submit a final narrative report of the actual interview including a one-page summary and analysis.
  5. Participate in one of the campus, college, community initiatives, or FNSA projects from a leadership perspective.  Approval of the Course Coordinator must be obtained prior to participating in one of these initiatives.


This assignment is required for a grade of “A”

Teaching Presentation – Discuss and receive approval of your topic from the unit manager, charge nurse or preceptor.  The topic must be appropriate for staff needs.  Discuss, receive approval, and submit a teaching outline to the clinical instructor prior to the scheduled presentation.  The written outline should include:



Two students may collaborate on a teaching/learning project.  Approval of any joint project will be at the discretion of your clinical instructor.  However, each student must actively participate in the preparation, delivery, and evaluation of the project. 


The presentation will be evaluated on creativity, achievement of learning objectives, organization, evaluation and adherence to the time frame of 10-15 minutes. Other visual aids, in addition to the poster board, may be used.  Presentations are to be done individually and your clinical instructor must attend the actual presentation.


All assignments must be turned in to the clinical instructor by the due dates.




Student’s Role:


The role of the student, during the leadership experience will be to:


1.      Complete the required course assignments and submit them on the due dates.


2.      Read the required textbook assignments and be prepared for seminar discussion.


3.      Become familiar with the roles and responsibilities of the members of the health care team at your facility (RN, LPN, UAP).


4.      Inform your daily preceptor of your level in this program and your capabilities.  Students are capable of doing nursing care within the guidelines of Miami-Dade Community College School of Nursing and the policies and procedures of the clinical agency.  This means students are capable of doing all nursing care except:


Hang blood or blood products

Witness consents

Access the hospital’s narcotic system


5.      Practice standard precautions and observe the basic five rights of medication administration at all times.                                  


Students should verify all insulin doses and anti-coagulant doses (once drawn up) by bringing the MAR, medication vial, and syringe to their preceptor or another RN on the unit. 


6.      Successfully complete the leadership course by performing all mandatory behaviors as stated on the Clinical Evaluation Manual/Tool.


7.      Students should have the opportunity to insert intravenous lines according to the agency policy and procedure. 



 Preceptor’s Role:


A preceptor is defined, for the purpose of the Professional Nursing Leadership course, as a registered nurse currently employed by the cooperating institution that either volunteers or is appointed to assume daily responsibility for assisting the nursing student to become socialized to the practice of nursing.  The role of the preceptor during the leadership experience will be to:


1.      Assist the student in his/her attempts to become familiar with the geographical plan of the unit.


2.      Provide the student with his/her own schedule for the duration of the leadership course.


3.      Familiarize self with the course objectives, the student’s personal learning objectives, and assist the student in identifying ways to achieve them.


4.      Supervise the student’s performance in the delivery of care to selected patients and with specific skills as time permits.


5.      Understand that students have been trained and tested on all nursing skills, but may not have had the opportunity to physically do them all in a clinical setting.


6.      Guide the student in the organization of daily patient assignments.


7.      Provide oral feedback to the student and instructor on a daily basis regarding progress toward course and personal objectives.


Faculty’s Role:


The role of the clinical faculty, during the leadership experience, will be to:


1.      Accompany all assigned students to their clinical areas and introduce each student to his/her assigned preceptor, nurse manager or nurse clinician.


2.      Assist the student in identifying learning experiences for the leadership course that reflect student and course objectives.


3.      Assure all students have reported to their assigned clinical areas at the beginning of the shift. 


4.      Make periodic rounds to each assigned clinical unit and be available and accessible in-house to the student and preceptor.


5.      Confer with the student and preceptor often to determine the student’s progress.


6.      Assist the student in scheduling time for their teaching presentations.


7.      Attend all teaching presentations and give feedback as appropriate.


8.      Provide time for students to share learning experiences.


9.      Determine the final grade to be received by the student, based on clinical performance, preceptor input, and the grading contract.