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Postgraduate Course: Nursing and Global Health Policy: developing your political leadership (NUST11097)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 20 credit, level 11, postgraduate course will focus on critical and practical engagement with self-reflection and personal development, authentic leadership, advocacy, preparation of policy briefs, strategic networking, political influencing, individual learning styles and engagement with digital/social media to affect change.

Drawing on these key elements of the course within the context of theories of leadership within a political sphere, these will be used as the framework from which students will explore, through critical engagement, the concept of contemporary political leadership in nursing, in relation to influencing and shaping global health policy.

The course aims to provide an understanding and consideration of the role and influence the nursing profession and the individual nurse can have on global health policy, through the growth of political leadership and to develop the capacity and skills of individuals to reflect on their own personal and professional development to enable and affect change.
Course description We will explore the dynamics of political influencing and political leadership by way of leadership capital drawing on relevant theories (Bourdieu, 1987; Bennister, t'Hart & Worthy, 2017) as a lens to understand how these align with political leadership and influencing in the sphere of nursing.

In contemporary health care and policy, nursing has the opportunity to influence and lead change. What makes a successful political nurse leader? How much can they influence? How can we define political leadership in nursing? These are areas of critical reflection and learning students will engage with.

Through Case Studies, students will be exposed to the role and influence of nursing political leadership on health-related policies linked to the initiation, development, influence and provision of diverse health care and programmes across the world. In addition, practical experience to focus and develop skills and techniques successfully, will be developed to enable students to 'read' the policy environment; identify targets for influence and develop and mobilise resources that lead the case for policy change. Together this will enable students to develop their political leadership, awareness and presence.

The course will be taught over 10 weeks and will consist of 10 x 2hour online classroom sessions incorporating a Virtual Internship (Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10). There will also be 10 x 1 hour (Skills/Techniques Development Groups) and will be student led with specific guidance focusing on a skill identified from classroom sessions. The Virtual Internship, will involve students having the opportunity to engage with local/global stakeholder organisations and nurse leaders on a topic related to political leadership. This element will be facilitated by an academic and the use of 'An Audience with Case Studies' from the Virtual Internships.

This course will be taught as hybrid delivery drawing on the Case Studies from a range of nurse political leaders from across the globe. Students are expected to engage with their learning through group discussions, lectures, reading relevant scholarly literature and interaction with stakeholders in the field of health policy through taught sessions.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 164 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course will be assessed by
1. 70% written assignment
2. 30% individual presentation

Feedback The formative assessment will be a review of a policy brief for discussion within the class setting. Full verbal feedback will be given for this in the class.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. A critical understanding of the concept of contemporary political leadership in nursing, in relation to influencing and shaping global health policy
  2. A critical understanding of the use of a variety of evidence to shape, influence and inform the political and health policy landscape
  3. Critical knowledge of the relationship between the advocacy process and policy change
  4. An understanding of the personal and professional development required for networking and coalition building for effective advocacy
  5. An understanding of the effective strategies for creating and sustaining policy change in different cultural contexts
Reading List
Understanding Public Policy: Theories and Issues. Cairney P (2019) London, Macmillan Education, 2nd Ed

The Leadership Capital Index: a New Perspective on Political Leadership. Bennister M et al (2017). Oxford. Oxford University Press

Policy & Politics in Nursing and Health Care. Mason DJ (2020) St Louis, MO, Elsevier, 8th Ed

The Evolution of World Health Organisation's Initiatives for the Strengthening of Nursing and Midwifery. Ventura C et al. (2015) Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 47 (5), 435-445

The Triple Impact of nursing. Crisp N et al. (2018). International Journal of Nursing Studies, A3- A4

State of the Worlds Nursing Report, WHO (2020)

Discover your True North. George B. (2015). Hoboken, Jossey-Bass, 2nd ed.

How to Write a Policy briefing. POST UK Parliament, September 2020. Website

Global strategic directions for strengthening nursing and midwifery 2016-2020. WHO. Geneva. Switzerland

Nursing and Midwifery key to implementing Alma Ata 40 years on; Health Systems and Reform to be published in July/August 2018

Crisp N: Nursing Now why nurses and midwives will be even more important and influential in the future, International Nursing Review, June 2018 pps 145-7, Vol 65, no 2

Crisp N: Nursing- the wave of the future; British Medical Journal 31 May 2018 BMJ 2018;361:k2355

Crisp N, Iro E: Nursing Now campaign: raising the status of nurses; The Lancet, 22 February 2018

Crisp, N. Brownie S, Refsum C. Nursing and Midwifery: The key to the rapid and cost-effective expansion of high-quality universal health coverage. Doha, Qatar: World Innovation Summit for Health, 2018.

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will work on, develop and evidence the following:
Knowledge, skills and understanding of core concepts, models and frameworks to promote life long learning, reflection and integration of knowledge and experience over time
Ability to harness their talents and creativity to maximize opportunities to advance political leadership in nursing
Critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills and thinking about health policy theory and influence
Present formally and informally, information about specialist topics;
Use and mastery of a range of Information Communications Technology applications to enhance learning and communications;
Ability to connect academic knowledge to real work challenges and to question, reflect on and understand what, why and how long you are learning;
Work in a peer relationship with others global stakeholders involved in nurse leadership and global health policy.

Course organiserDr Aisha Holloway
Tel: (0131 6)51 1525
Course secretaryMr David Morris
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969
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