Nursing Informatics: NURS 6401, NURS 6411, NURS 6421, NURS 6431, NURS 6441 & NURS 6600

Nursing Informatics: NURS 6401, NURS 6411, NURS 6421, NURS 6431, NURS 6441 & NURS 6600

Nursing Informatics: NURS 6401, NURS 6411, NURS 6421, NURS 6431, NURS 6441 & NURS 6600

The Nursing Informatics specialization prepares nurses to more effectively utilize information technology to enhance the quality of patient care. This specialization blends nursing science with computer and information science. Coursework focuses on such key areas as information systems, database concepts, and effective project management. Graduates have the knowledge to integrate data, information, and knowledge to support decision-making processes that affect patients and providers. (Additional software may be required.)


    NURS 6401 – Informatics in Nursing and Healthcare

    Nursing informatics is a rapidly evolving discipline that impacts all areas of nursing practice. Students in this course establish foundational knowledge for understanding and practicing nursing informatics in healthcare settings. Students explore models and theories that support nursing informatics and examine the use of information technology in support of decisions that promote safety and quality in patient-centered care. They also differentiate concerns about information protection and system integrity. Using concepts learned in the course, students engage in assignments through which they focus on nursing practice in healthcare applications, thus acquiring necessary skills to improve the management of healthcare through informatics nursing practice.

  • NURS 6411 – Information and Knowledge Management

    Effectively managing healthcare data is essential to the practice of nursing informatics. In this course, students examine database systems, including database design and manipulation. Students also explore concepts of information and knowledge management in the healthcare practice setting. Course assignments provide students with the opportunity to work efficiently in teams and build essential skills to execute database design. Through this course, students examine nursing’s contributions to knowledge management in healthcare organizations. (Microsoft Access 2010 is required for this course. Access is commonly furnished with Microsoft Office).

  • NURS 6421 – Supporting Workflow in Healthcare Systems

    Effective knowledge and information flow is critical in the coordination of patient care. Nurses are at the center of care coordination for patients and informatics nurses are central to the design and development of information systems that support workflow in nursing practice. Students in this course examine the analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of electronic information systems in healthcare systems. They compare, contrast and critique methods of system design. Students also focus on workflow modeling, including assessment of current state workflow and the design of future state workflow, and they examine workflow design best practices to support the implementation and optimization of electronic health records. (Microsoft Visio 2010 is required for this course).

  • NURS 6431 – Evaluation Methods for Health Information Technology

    Healthcare policy, including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (2009) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (1996), mandates that electronic documentation systems are secure and effective. In this course, students explore systems security and evaluation methods. Through discussion of real-world practice that includes public health and community-based settings, students evaluate the impact of redesigned workflows to the larger system design and throughout the organization. Students create a plan for system design and system evaluation. Through team projects and individual applications, they build skills and confidence that support collaborative, interdisciplinary system design to improve the effectiveness of care. Note: Students participate in a 72-hour practicum experience.

  • NURS 6441 – Project Management: Healthcare Information Technology

    Healthcare information technology and the implementation of electronic health records are foundational practices critical for success in project management. In this course, students learn the theory of health information technology project management and apply it to real-world experiences. Using project management software, students create a project management plan and schedule, and they control and close tasks related to a health informatics project. Through team projects and individual applications, students build skills and confidence that support the implementation of healthcare information technology to improve the quality of care and patient outcomes. (Microsoft Project 2010 is required for this course).

  • Nursing Informatics: NURS 6401, NURS 6411, NURS 6421, NURS 6431, NURS 6441 & NURS 6600

    NURS 6600 – Capstone Synthesis Practicum

    Students in this course apply the MSN curriculum experience by translating knowledge into practice by designing, developing, and implementing a project in a professional healthcare setting. By using the culmination of learning, students gain the opportunity effect positive social change within the healthcare delivery environment in the roles of change agent and nurse. The result of the practicum experience provides students with an experience through which they develop their passion as a practitioner while enhancing the nurse role as an advocate for social change within the context of a scholarly presence. Note: This course requires a minimum of 144 practicum hours.

Nursing Informatics: NURS 6401, NURS 6411, NURS 6421, NURS 6431, NURS 6441 & NURS 6600