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Leadership is a fundamental part of effective nursing care and nurses are recognized as leaders in patient care. (James 2010)

Leadership and Management

Today’s leaders, both formal and informal and managers have to be acutely aware of the internal and external pressures that healthcare is facing and have the right skills and knowledge to be able to facilitate change in the 21st Century to improve patient outcomes. An accomplished manager will need to be equipped to deal with financial, quality and human resource management built on the foundations of a sound knowledge of the healthcare system and organisational structure and culture.

There is a recognised need for nurse leadership on global issues (Garner et al. 2009; Davis 2014). Health systems around the world are facing many of the same challenges, including workforce development, ageing populations and reduced funding for health care (Gantz et al. 2012)

Nurse leadership is critical for:

  • Recruitment and retention of staff
  • Quality patient outcomes
  • Maintaining productivity and cost effectiveness
  • Maintaining and improving patient outcomes.

Studying leadership and management with ACN will provide you with the order to improve your knowledge and skills to advance your career in healthcare leadership management .The aim is to encourage professional and ethical understanding of the impact of leadership and effective management on  patient outcomes. Our course is written by specialist nurses, for nurses and students are supported by a team of clinical experts, working within the speciality. 

Intakes:

January & July

FEE-HELP

Available

DURATION

1 YR PT

STUDY MODE

Online

Graduate Certificate intakes are January and July, however you can complete selected single units of study in either the April or October terms and articulate into the next Graduate Certificate enrolment.  Call us on 1800 265 534 to discuss your study options.

DESCRIPTION

Capable clinical leaders and managers are pivotal to the health care system as they are required to manage human and financial resources to provide quality patient care. The Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management is designed for registered nurses and midwives aspiring to management positions, as well as for those already holding such positions who wish to enhance their professional practice through formal study. The course aims to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to clinical leadership and management incorporating human resource management, financial management and quality processes. Through the exploration and integration of theoretical knowledge and concepts, nurses are prepared for their role as leaders and managers within the contemporary health care landscape. The units of study encourage students to draw upon their experiences, providing opportunities to reflect on and critique their knowledge, and abilities, in light of current literature, research and best practice guidelines.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

At successful completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Critically analyse organisational behaviours and structures
  • Compare leadership styles required to manage change
  • Analyse communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills required for effective leadership
  • Examine components that contribute to effective team culture
  • Identify factors associated with funding and financial decision making
  • Appraise the process and applications of business planning
  • Evaluate quality systems
  • Critically analyse leadership and management theories

UNITS OF STUDY

Code

Units of study 

Type

10 007 1626

Commencement date

Census date

Completion date

Individual price* 

284

Quality

C

18 April 2017

1 May 2017

30 June 2017

Tier 1

Code

Units of study 

Type

10 007 1727

TERMS FOR COMPLETION IN 12 MONTH

(Jan 2017)

Census date

Completion date

Individual price*

249

Introduction to leadership and management

C

 23 January 2017

6 February 2017

31 March 2017

Tier 1

285

Human resource management in the health care setting

C

18 April 2017

1 May 2017

30 June 2017

Tier 1

286

Financial management in the health care system

C

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 1

284

Quality

C

3 October 2017

16 October 2017

8 December 2017

Tier 1

C = Core

Code

Units of study 

Type

10 007 1728

TERMS FOR COMPLETION IN 12 MONTH

(July 2017)

Census date

Completion date

Individual price*

249

Introduction to leadership and management

C

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 1

285

Human resource management in the health care setting

C

3 October 2017

16 October 2017

8 December 2017

Tier 1

286

Financial management in the health care system

C

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

30 March 2018

Tier 1

284

Quality

C

16 April 2018

30 April 2018

29 June 2018

Tier 1

C = Core

WHERE THIS QUALIFICATION CAN TAKE YOU

A Graduate Certificate in Leadership and management is an investment in your future and will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure better outcomes for your patients and progress your career, leading to opportunities in healthcare management and higher nursing positions.

Tier 1 = $2,035

Tier 2 = $2,345

Tier 3 = $2,725

Tier 4 = $3,275

*Fees are are subject to change without notice.

Entry Requirements And General Information

Enrolment Form

Graduate certificate enrolment form fee-paying

Enrolments may be available each term dependent upon course requirements and student numbers. Call customer services on 1800 265 534 for more information.

MEET YOUR NURSE EDUCATOR

Ashley Page MACN, Nurse Educator – Higher Education

RN, MHLM, DipProfPract, CertIVTAE

Ashley coordinates and tutors for our Graduate Certificates in Leadership and Management, and Drug and Alcohol. With 5 years of experience in nurse education and previous roles in emergency nursing (15 years +) and management. Ashley is passionate about her role which provides the opportunity to interact with nurses at different stages of their career and help them put theory into practice.