Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

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6 week course

Course Code: NUR-CLM1-FEB2020

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Delivery Format: Online

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  • Course Description

    This is the first of four online courses which comprise the Certificate in Leadership and Management.

    This 6-week on-line course focuses on development of a foundational knowledge base in leadership & management. It is designed to meet the needs of those starting careers in or aspiring towards leadership positions in healthcare. Content will specifically address leader/manager competencies required for effective leadership & management of clinical teams.  The context within which the leader/manager functions, may include acute care, community, primary health care, and/or long-term care; and the leader/manager’s clients may include frontline health care professionals, unregulated professionals and support staff, and patients and their families. Participants will explore a wide variety of situations, and common issues encountered in these roles.

    The course includes:

    • exploration of leadership and management standards and competencies
    • opportunity to reflect on one’s own personal development as a leader/manager
    • exploration of organizational behaviours and the mid-level leader/manager’s role within this context
    • application of evidence informed strategies to effectively lead/manage the clinical team environment

    This is the first of four online courses. It has been approved as one component of a (Not-for–Credit) “Certificate in Leadership & Management” for participants successfully completing all four courses within a two year period.

    The four courses are:

  • Course Design

    This course is a 6 week course delivered through the University of Toronto’s learning management system (Quercus).  It is primarily self-paced, however participants are required to engage in discussions and submit activities/assignments within identified timelines (usually weekly). Participants need to allocate ~8 hours per week to complete the required components of the course.

    On a weekly basis, participants will view an e-learning module, read required readings, and actively engage with the course material by participating in learning activities. The emphasis of learning activities and assignments is on the notion of application of theory to practice and critical reflection.

  • Admission and Evaluation

    There are no pre-requisites or application process for this course. Overall evaluation will be based on:

    • Coherent organization, clarity of writing and presentation
    • Thoughtful selection and integration of relevant ideas from course modules, readings and assignments
    • Depth of discussion and evidence of analytic and critical thinking skills
    • Evidence of new understanding at a personal level in relation to leadership and management

    Participants must obtain a final cumulative minimum average of 70% based on all evaluation methods for a successful completion status.

    International students are eligible to register for this course. Participants are expected to have a good command of oral and written English, as all course material is delivered in the English language.

  • Outline/Schedule

    As of December 2019 — Schedule may be subject to change.

    Section 1
    Week 1 Exploration of the leader/manager’s role competencies & role functions/definitions

    • Overview of existing leader/manager standards and competencies
    • Defining middle leadership roles in Nursing
    • Functions & span of control
    Week 2 Review of relevant leadership & management theories/concepts:

    • Exploration of foundational thinking skills: systems thinking, decision making/ frameworks, critical thinking, clinical reasoning
    • Strategy, alliances/networking, vision, ethical issues, clinical practice knowledge, professional advocacy, academic partnerships, legal & legislative knowledge etc.
    Week 3 Personal leadership development (“Self as leader/manager”):

    • Role Transition theory; Staff to manager/leader
    • Personal & professional accountability
    • Self-reflection
    • Personal/professional development planning: career; scholarship in the role
    • Supports for leaders/managers; orientation needs
    Section 2
    Week 4 Understanding the big picture:

    • Organizational & external influences (standards, mandates, government policies, legislation etc.)  on the mid-level leader/manager’s role
    • Exploring the importance and influence of organizational context:
      • Organizational Behavior & Structures
      • Organizational culture
      • Power & influence; Negotiation
    • Stuck in the middle: managing up and down….
    Week 5 The leader/manager’s role in leading their team’s environment & culture:

    • Healthy Workplace Environment
    • Diversity, Team building, Fairness & Just Culture, Inquiry
    • Workplace civility
    Week 6
    • Supporting professional standards, scholarship and research
    • Proactive and strategic planning; goals & objectives; policies and procedures; Vison of patient care & team function; accountabilities
    • Role modelling professional behavior; Promoting self-care, apply motivational theory, Promote stress management
    • Core communication & strategies; Shared decision –making/governance
  • Registration Information


    Course 1 Registration Fee $ 1,750 CAD + 13% HST

    Please Note

    • Refund Policy – To withdraw from the course and receive a refund, your written request must be emailed to by January 29, 2020. No refunds will be given after this date. All refunds are subject to an administration fee of $100 + tax. As an alternative, a colleague may attend in your place. Please send your substitution request at least 7 days before the course.
    • Registration is limited.
    • Advanced registration is required. You must register by February 12, 2020.
    • Applicable taxes (13% HST) will be added to the registration fees.
    • Course Cancellation Policy – The university reserves the right to cancel courses due to unavailability of instructors, facilities or insufficient enrollment. Decisions on course cancellations are made at least 15 calendar days prior to the course starting date, so early registration is recommended. If you enroll in a course that is subsequently cancelled, you may transfer to another section of that course if an alternative is available; or you may receive a full refund of the fee and tax you paid to the University of Toronto. We are not responsible for travel arrangements, travel fees, or any expenses incurred by you.
  • Contact Us

    Phone: (416) 978-1784
    Address: Centre for Professional Development
    Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
    University of Toronto
    155 College Street
    Suite 130
    Toronto, ON
    M5T 1P8

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