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NURS 417

This course focuses on information management and the utilization of patient care technologies to improve the patient experience of care (quality, satisfaction, safety), improve the health of populations, and reduce costs. Using standardized terminologies in computer information systems (CIS) to allow for data gathering and evidence-based decision-making to enhance inter-professional communication will be emphasized. The legal and ethical management of data will be explored.


The only prerequisite for this course is acceptance into the BSN Program at Old Dominion University. 

Pedagogical Approach

The Essentials are:

Essential I: Liberal Education for Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice

  • A solid base in liberal education provides the cornerstone for the practice and education of nurses.

Essential II: Basic Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Care and Patient Safety

  • Knowledge and skills in leadership, quality improvement, and patient safety are necessary to provide high quality health care.

Essential III: Scholarship for Evidence Based Practice

  • Professional nursing practice is grounded in the translation of current evidence into practice.

Essential IV: Information Management and Application of Patient Care Technology

  • Knowledge and skills in information management and patient care technology are critical in the delivery of quality patient care.

Essential V: Healthcare Policy, Finance, and Regulatory Environments

  • Healthcare policies, including financial and regulatory, directly and indirectly influence the nature and functioning of the healthcare system and thereby are important considerations in professional nursing practice.

Essential VI: Inter professional Communication and Collaboration for Improving Patient Health Outcomes

  • Communication and collaboration among healthcare professionals are critical to delivering high quality and safe patient care.

Essential VII: Clinical Prevention and Population Health

  • Health promotion and disease prevention at the individual and population level are necessary to improve population health and are important components of baccalaureate generalist nursing practice.

Essential VIII: Professionalism and Professional Values

  • Professionalism and the inherent values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice are fundamental to nursing

Essential IX: Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice

  • The baccalaureate-graduate nurse is prepared to practice with patients, including individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations across the lifespan and across the continuum of healthcare environments.
  • The baccalaureate graduate understands and respects the variations of care, the increased complexity, and the increased use of healthcare resources inherent in caring for patients (AACN, 2008).

Learning Outcomes

Critical Thinking: Identify types and sources of data captured by information systems, including data quality and type (e.g., structured data, free-text narratives) and the value and importance of big data to improve patient care.

Nursing Practice: Evaluate data to inform practice and use standardized terminologies to reflect nurses’ contributions to patient outcomes and nurse-sensitive outcomes. Explore the use of telehealth in nursing practice.

Communication: Advocate, recognize the importance of information technologies, and demonstrate skills in the use of patient care technologies and information systems, including clinical information systems and communication devices, and to ensure safe and quality care and documentation. 

Teaching: Describe approaches to guiding healthcare consumers to high-quality web-based health information. Analyze the effects of health literacy on patient care and teaching.

Research: Evaluate informatics research data to inform practice and use standardized terminologies to reflect nurses’ contributions to patient outcomes and nurse-sensitive outcomes. Be able to interpret data from multiple sources and apply these data to effective clinical decision-making.

Leadership: Identify the tools necessary to manage nursing business processes. Discuss data management to improve outcomes using quality improvement and benchmarking in patient care.

Professionalism: Apply safeguards, decision support tools, and ethical standards to support a safe practice environment. Discuss the influence of policy and ethics, in regard to patient engagement, clinical decision support and the delivery of safe, high quality care.

Culture: Explain how to use patient care technologies for diverse patient populations.



The method of assessment for this course is as follows: 

-Written Papers 

-Written Discussion Board Assignments 


Other Information

This information was gathered from the syllabus written by Ms. Sara forbes, Ms. Ingrid Mahoney, and Dr. Lynn Wiles.