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General Course Information for DNP 840A: Informatics Practicum I

Course: DNP 840A - Informatics Practicum I
Textbook: For the correct edition of the textbook assigned to a specific class, go to: http://www.nutextdirect.com

Course Prerequisite(s):

Corequisite

Course Description: Students apply knowledge from DNP Core courses to improve healthcare quality and safety through evidence-based changes in nursing Informatics Practice. Students integrate informatics and DNP Core competencies to advance patient care quality through improved data, information, and knowledge designed to support nursing judgment and decision-making. This course is 200 practicum hours in length. Grading is by S or U only.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify opportunities for improvement in healthcare information systems.
  • Design evidence-based practice change projects to improve the quality of data, information and knowledge used in information systems that support health care.
  • Engage in the role of evidence-based change advocate in advanced practice in nursing informatics.
  • Implement and evaluate an evidence-based change in the information systems or information systems support processes in a healthcare agency.
  • Translate informatics research into clinical informatics nursing practice.
  • Formulate researchable questions relevant to nursing informatics with an emphasis on improving the data, information and knowledge available to nurses in healthcare settings.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
    • Advocate for culturally sensitive health care systems and policies that meet ethical and legal standards in order to reduce health disparities.
    • Analyze the impact of national and global health policy on the cost, quality, and accessibility of health care for diverse patient populations.
    • Base decisions on synthesis of information from meta-analysis and other research reports, benchmark data, best practices reports, and other credible information sources.
    • Establish and lead collaborative, multidisciplinary teams that provide the range of expertise required in healthcare systems delivering care to complex, multi-need patients, families and communities.
    • Generate innovative practices, systems, and prevention programs at the patient, family, organization, community, and population levels for the purpose of improving health care outcomes.
    • Identify sources of variations in health care outcomes through analysis and integration of research findings, empirical evidence, and/or practitioner reflections on practice.
    • Lead healthcare systems in the delivery of high quality, safe, patient-centered care.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like: http://nu.libguides.com/citations

National University Library:
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URL: http://www.nu.edu/library.

Contact the Library:

  • RefDesk@nu.edu
  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml

Ethics:
Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Technology:
Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Diversity:
Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

Civility:
As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures