NURS417: Nursing Informatics
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 cost. The use of 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. Legal and ethical management of data will be explored.
Admittance into the School of Nursing at Old Dominion University.
Completion of prior credits within the nursing program.
Pedagogical Approach & Learning Outcomes
Online course material is presented through video lectures, textbook readings, and additional resources pulled from various nursing organizations and publications.
Student learning is supported through online discussion boards, quizzes, and assignments that promote critical thinking and engagement with course content.
Course Concepts & Objectives As Pulled from Course Syllabus.
Learning objectives align with the core standards of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Practice for baccalaureate-degree nursing education programs as currently established.
Evaluate data to inform practice and use standardized terminologies to reflect nurses’ contributions to patient outcomes and nurse-sensitive outcomes.
Analyze the effects of health literacy on patient care and teaching.
Domain 4: Scholarship for the Nursing Discipline
Evaluate informatics research data to inform practice and use standardized terminologies to reflect nurses’ contributions to patient outcomes and nurse-sensitive outcomes.
Domain 5: Quality and Safety
Interpret data from multiple sources and apply these data to effective clinical decision-making.
Discuss data management to improve outcomes using quality improvement and benchmarking in patient care.
Domain 6: Interprofessional Partnerships
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 interprofessional care.
Domain 7: Systems-Based Practice
Apply safeguards, decision support tools, and ethical standards to support a safe practice environment.
Identify the tools necessary to manage nursing business processes.
Domain 8: Informatics and Healthcare Technologies
Understand types and sources of data captured by information systems and the importance of big data to improve patient care.
Describe approaches to guiding healthcare consumers to high-quality web-based health information.
Domain 9: Professionalism
Discuss the influence of policy and ethics, regarding patient engagement, clinical decision support and the delivery of safe, high-quality care.
Domain 10: Personal, Professional, and Leadership Development
Participate in activities that foster self-reflection, personal health, resilience, well-being, and career-long learning.
Assessment & Other Information
Students are assessed through assignments designed to encompass the AACN Baccalaureate Essentials. Students performance is graded using the School of Nursing grading scale which is as follows:
A (4.0) 95-100
A- (3.7) 93-94
B+ (3.3) 91-92
B (3.0) 87-90
B- (2.7) 85-86
C (2.0) 80-82
79 or below not passing in School of Nursing
The final course grade is comprised of the following components:
Intro Video= 5%
Discussion Boards= 25%
Website Comparison Using PEMAT= 10%
Simulation or MERLOT= 10%
Data Benchmarking= 15%
Telehealth Assignment= 14%
All above information is pulled from the NURS 417 Nursing Informatics Course Syllabus.
Course Coordinator and Lead Faculty: Dr. Lynn Wiles
Additional Faculty includes: Ms. Sara Forbus, Ms. Heather Hancock, Ms. Leanne Stone, & Ms. Sarah Hutton
Nursing Informatics (Open (Access) Textbook)
APA STYLE 7TH EDITION (Reference Material)
Guide to the Code of Ethics for Nursing (Reference Material)
Nursing informatics: An evolving specialty : Nursing Management (Open (Access) Journal-Article)
Defining Nursing Informatics: A Narrative Review (Open (Access) Journal-Article)
A Nurse's Guide to the Use of Social Media | NCSBN (Reference Material)