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Management in Nursing measures your ability to apply specific management concepts to the care of the individual, family, group, or community client within diverse health care settings.

The three-hour Excelsior College exam consists of approximately 120 four-option multiple-choice questions where you must demonstrate the following abilities:
  • Integrate knowledge of leadership and management concepts into nursing practice
  • Comprehend the organizational structure and the role of the baccalaureate nurse in relation to the entire organization
  • Demonstrate an understanding of empowerment strategies in enhancing nursing care
Concepts in this course cover:
  • Managing the Organization
    • Understanding current and future trends and their impact on the organization
    • Authority
    • Mission and vision
    • Values
    • Continuum of bureaucratic authority
    • Organizational culture
    • Organization of nursing practice
    • Human resource management
    • Case management

  • Leadership
    • Leadership
    • Delegation and supervision
    • Group dynamics
    • Self-management

  • Empowerment
    • Power
    • Critical thinking and decision making
    • Advocacy
    • Collective bargaining

  • Innovation
    • Change
    • Organizational communication and conflict management

  • Fiscal Management
    • Definition
    • Basic budget concepts
    • Basic budgeting cycle
    • Types of costs
    • Main budget components
    • Fiduciary responsibility
    • Cost and reimbursement factors
    • Resource allocation
    • Evaluating cost effectiveness

  • Information Management
    • Evidence-based practice
    • Quality management
    • Risk management
    • Relationship to regulatory compliance and accreditation standards
    • Information systems

(Taken from �Excelsior College Examination Content Guide for Management in Nursing,� Excelsior College Examinations.)

The required textbook(s) for this course is listed below.

  • Effective Leadership and Management in Nursing   
      6th by Sullivan, Eleanor / Decker, Phillip J. - Prentice-Hall, 2005
    ISBN 9780131780941