Nursing Informatics

Curriculum

Fall - Semester 1

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6411 - Foundations of Leadership

The call for nurses to advance and assume leadership positions within their organizations is a current imperative. Amid the very complex nature of leadership within health care, this course provides students with a thorough grounding in the many aspects of leadership ranging from an understanding of personal attributes, strengths, and challenges to a review of contemporary leadership theories and conflict management. This introductory course provides a foundation for practical application of leadership principles.
3

6710 - NI Professional Formation I: Fundamentals of Nursing Informatics

This course provides an overview of informatics and the role it plays in the delivery of evidence based care. With a focus on healthcare information technology’s contribution to data acquisition, this course will enhance the learner’s understanding of the transformation of data into information and knowledge. A practical approach is taken to ensure learners understand essential elements of informatics practice such as the system development lifecycle, the electronic health record, national health policy, patient quality, and the safe use of technology.

This course prepares the learner to optimize the use of clinical systems and technology tools to continue to advance practice and drive clinical transformation.

3
  6 credit hours

Spring - Semester 2

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6720 - NI Professional Formation II: Theories, Frameworks and Models Supporting Informatics Practice

This course is the second in a series of courses facilitating professional formation for the informatics nurse specialist. Building on content from NI Professional Formation 1, learners will develop knowledge and skills in the concepts, theories, models, and frameworks that support informatics practice. Topics include evidence-based practice, organizational theories, systems thinking, the socio-technical model, human factors engineering principles, and information science theories. The application of ethical principles and systematic change processes will be emphasized throughout the course.

Prerequisite: NI PF 1

3

6732 - Designing, Planning and Managing Scalable Projects

Regardless of size or scope, all new and existing projects within a healthcare setting can benefit from leaders able to execute successful project management skills. Project management skills covered in this course include determining project scope, time, cost, quality, human resource, communications, risk, and procurement management. This course will expose learners to the tools and skills required to successfully manage complex informatics projects within healthcare settings. Learners will be exposed to tools and frameworks found in business and management environments. Practical skills that leverage software will be acquired through hands-on application.

Prerequisite: NI PF 1

3
  6 credit hours

Summer - Semester 3

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6723 - Nursing Informatics and the Information System Lifecycle

This course focuses on a structured approach to methods, techniques, and tools for information system development and implementation used by informatics nurse specialists. The information system life cycle approach incorporates the following phases: planning, analysis, design, implementation, and evaluation. Planning and management of disaster recovery, business continuity, and methods of evaluating effectiveness and return on investment are included.

Prerequisite: NI PF 1, NI PF 2, Project Management

3

6724 - Leveraging Technology for Learning and Teaching in Healthcare

Informaticists nurse specialists have the responsibility to teach their professional colleagues how to use the latest information technology applications. This course will expose learners to adult learning principles that translate into evidence-based, technology-facilitated learning activities. Technology enhanced instructional tools for professional development and patient education will be covered.
3
  6 credit hours

Fall - Semester 4

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6025 - Applied Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

This course focuses on the application of quality improvement methodology and measurement of outcomes across a broad range of health care settings. Students learn the systematic methods of continuous quality improvement based on the work of Deming and others. The use of various outcome measurement instruments and data collection tools are explored.

Prerequisite for HCL students: 6065
Prerequisite for NI students: NI PF 2

3

6727 - Data to Information I

Given the explosion of data generation and availability in recent years, skills for managing large amounts of data and gaining insights from these data are essential for informatics nurse specialists. This first of two courses focuses on extracting information from data and will emphasize data collection, database design, data querying, and descriptive analysis. Learners will gain practical experience and skills in creating a database application and then retrieving and analyzing data found in their database.
3
  6 credit hours

Spring- Semester 5

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6715 - Nursing Informatics Practicum I

In this course, the learner implements the role of the informatics nurse specialist in a health care setting. The focus is on the integration and application of theory, knowledge, and skills from previous courses within the various roles open to an informatics nurse specialist. Learners are provided an opportunity to work closely with a preceptor to observe and participate in real world informatics activities. Under the guidance of the preceptor, learners will have the opportunity to use current informatics evidence and research from the literature, collect and analyze data, demonstrate critical thinking skills, identify researchable clinical informatics problems, and identify and evaluate various informatics roles.

Prerequisites: Nursing Informatics and the Information System Lifecycle

3

6728 - Data to Information II

Building upon Data to Information I, this course focuses on the use of rapidly growing clinical data to support continuous learning in healthcare. Learners will be exposed to key concepts in Learning Health Systems, data science, machine learning, “big data,” and the application of diverse methods to improve the quality of healthcare outside of traditional clinical trials and related approaches. The course will emphasize data science studies in biomedical literature, clinical prediction models, and collaboration with data scientists.

Prerequisites: Applied Quality Improvement, Data to Information I

3
  6 credit hours

Summer - Semester 6

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6730 - NI Professional Formation III: Advanced Concepts of Informatics

This course is the third in a series of courses facilitating professional formation in the informatics nurse specialist role. Building on content from NI Professional Formation 2, learners will acquire advanced knowledge in contemporary health informatics topics applicable to local, national, and global environments. Ranging from interoperability to knowledge representation to genetics/genomics to health policy to healthcare delivery outside the clinical environment, this survey course will cover a large breadth of topics and facilitate learners’ ability to acquire greater content depth in a self-directed manner. Learners will also be exposed to professional development and career planning resources.

Prerequisite: NI PF 2

3

6795 - Nursing Informatics Practicum II

This practicum builds on skills and experiences obtained in Nursing Informatics Practicum I. The learner will continue to be mentored by a preceptor in a healthcare setting. The focus is on the integration and application of theory, knowledge, and skills from previous courses with increasing complexity and advanced critical thinking. Under the guidance of the preceptor, learners will have the opportunity to grow their informatics knowledge and further evaluate their role as an informatics nurse specialist. In this second practicum, students will complete an informatics related project pertinent to a healthcare organization using evidence and data to address a real world problem.

Prerequisites: Nursing Informatics Practicum I

3
  6 credit hours

Total Credit Hours: 36