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NRSG 920 Microsystems in Healthcare Operations
Credit hours: 3 per Semester
Cluster: Systems, Leadership, Informatics and Policy,


Course Level: Doctoral

Course Type:

IPE: Yes - Course offered by CON/SON that focuses on interprofessional collaboration/communication/teamwork and allows interprofessional students from the teaching institution

Course Open to:

Institution:University of Kansas

Pre-requisites: Completion of graduate program in organizational leadership or nursing administration, or consent of instructor

Course Description: Competencies necessary for studying clinical microsystems and examining their influence on patient safety, satisfaction, and other clinical outcomes are developed in this course. Microsystems will be determined, deconstructed, analyzed for best practice, and re-constituted for the purpose of improved organizational performance. The roots of quality improvement are traced and quality improvement application within a microsystem environment is explored. Key topics include: assessment tools and models, continuous quality improvement theory, evidence-based practice, performance improvement methods (measurement, statistics, problem identification and analysis, control charts) and the development of team-based problem solving and resolution. Students examine productivity and cost indicators, strategic and operational planning, healthcare finance, relationship-building, collaboration techniques, and leadership principles.


Method of Instruction: Online - some synchronous activities involved

Delivery Platform: Blackboard

Campus visits required: None

Course Contact: Katharine Garrity



Tuition: NEXus Common Price


Other considerations: NA.


Available Seats by Semester for this course:


FALL 2019

Section: 1001
Instructor: TBA
Seats: 3
Credits: 3 / Semester
Start Date: 08-26-19
End Date: 12-12-19

FALL 2020

Section: 1001
Instructor: Ruth Wetta
Seats: 3
Credits: 3 / Semester
Start Date: 08-24-20
End Date: 12-10-20

FALL 2021

Section: 1001
Instructor: Ruth Wetta
Seats: 3
Credits: 3 / Semester
Start Date: 08-23-21
End Date: 12-09-21

FALL 2022

Section: 1001
Instructor: Ruth Wetta
Seats: 3
Credits: 3 / Semester
Start Date: 08-22-22
End Date: 12-08-22

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and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
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