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Nurse Executive Exam Review (Basic)

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Course Description

This seminar is a facilitator-led didactic course focusing on the knowledge base needed by candidates to successfully sit for the nurse executive leadership exam. This includes nursing theory, leadership theory, financial foundations and communication skills.

Who is eligible to take this exam? All requirements must be completed prior to application for the examination.

  • Hold a current, active RN license in a state or territory of the United States or the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country.
  • Hold a baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing.
  • Hold at least 2,000 hours of experience in a leadership, management or administrative role with a primary responsibility for the daily operations and outcomes of one (1) or more unit(s)/departments within the last three years.
  • Completed 30 hours of continuing education in nursing administration within the last three years. This requirement is waived if you have a master’s degree in nursing administration.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Self-report at a 90% rate an increased knowledge and confidence in an ability to successfully pass the Nurse Executive Basic Certification Exam.


Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. Each day includes a one-hour lunch (on your own), as well as a morning and afternoon break of 15 minutes each. The order of lectures presented and break times may vary according to speaker preference.

Day 1, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Foundations of Leadership
    Definition of Mission, Vision and Philosophy | Traditional Leadership Styles | Contemporary Leadership Styles | Theories of Leadership
  • Nursing Leadership Theory
    Environmental | Interpersonal Relations | Nature of Nursing Needs | Equilibrium | Nursing Process | Caring Model | Cultural Care Diversity
  • Organizational Structure and Planning
    Corporate Integration | Centralized vs. Decentralized Industry | Strategic Stakeholders | SWOT Analysis | Project Management | Gantt and RACI Charts
  • Federal Laws Related to Human Resources
    Human Capital Management | Federal Workforce Flexibility Act | Family and Medical Leave Act | COBRA | Americans with Disabilities Act | Fair Labors Standard Act | Age Discrimination Act | Civil Rights Act—Title VII
  • Organizations and Entitites
    OSHA | Workers’ Compensation | Equal Employment Opportunity Commission | Affirmative Action | Corporate Compliance | HIPAA
  • Labor Relations
    The Wagner Act | Taft-Hartley Amendment | Process of Unionization | Collective Bargaining | Labor Grievances | Arbitration and Strike
  • Tools for Building a Team
    Employee Assistance | Job Descriptions | Recruiting | Multigenerational Workforce | Just Culture | Group Think
  • Organizational Structure
    Chain of Command | Span of Control | The Organizational Chart | Flat Organizational Structure | Sole Proprietorship | General Partnership | Corporation
  • Health and Public Policy
    Mandatory Reporting | State-Mandated Reports | Communicable Diseases
  • Legal Foundations
    Criminal Law | Civil Law | Professional Negligence/Malpractice | Liability in Nursing | Medicare Fraud and Abuse
  • Health Initiatives
    Healthy People 2030 | Sullivan Commission and Diversity | IOM Future of Nursing
  • Financial Management
    Payers | Budgets | Break-Even Charts | Return on Investment | Cost-Benefit Ratio | Cost-Effectiveness Analysis

    Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Financial Considerations
    Payment Options | Resource-Based Relative Value Scale System | HMO and PPO | Medicare and Medicaid
  • Nursing Workforce
    Productive and Non-Productive Hours | Average Daily Census | Occupancy Rate | Profit per Inpatient Discharge | Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) | Nursing Hours Per Patient Day (NHPPD)
  • Knowledge Self-Evaluation
    Quiz on Materials
  • Care Delivery Systems
    Accrediting Bodies | Relationship-Based Care | Transforming Care at the Bedside | Family-Centered Care | Clinical Guideline, Pathway and Protocols
  • Model of Professional Nursing Practice Regulation
    Scope & Standards of Practice | Ethics | Certification | Nurse Practice Act | Institutional Practice | Self-Determination
  • Professional Practice Models
    Functional Nursing | Team Nursing | Primary Nursing | Disease-Management Model
  • Group Dynamics and Competency
    Group Development | Orientation and Preceptorship | Competency Validation | Core Competency Framework | Or-ganizational Transparency | Employee Performance | Lateral Violence/Incivility
  • Communication
    Systems | Upward and Downward | Principles and Styles | Conflict and Challenges | Documentation
  • Quality Improvement
    Process Improvement | Pareto Principle | Lean Thinking | Six Sigma | Analyzing Errors | Quality Indicators
  • Ethics and Advocacy
    Autonomy | Justice | Beneficence | Non-Maleficence | Code of Ethics | Ethical Dilemmas | Advocates
  • Leadership Principles
    Emotional Intelligence | Types of Conflict | Sources of Influence and Power | Changes Theories
  • Research and Data Collection
    Institutional Review Board | Research Techniques | Evidence and Data | H-CAHPS | Data for Decision-Making