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General Course Information for NSG650: Foundations of Informatics

Course: NSG650 - Foundations of Informatics
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Course Description: This course applies health information systems (IS) and information technology (IT) to advanced practice nursing, including how IT/IS may be utilized to impact clinical outcomes and the delivery of care through knowledge acquisition, processing, generation, dissemination and feedback.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Analyze the evolution of informatics science and application in advanced nursing practice.
  • Compare and contrast roles, employment opportunities, certifications, and career paths in nursing informatics.
  • Analyze the application of health data and enabling information technologies and systems for clinical knowledge acquisition, processing, generation, dissemination and feedback.
  • Explain and interpret the roles of health information system applications common in healthcare organizations and integrated delivery systems.
  • Diagram and analyze the information systems lifecycle and the process and critical issues related to identifying information and systems requirements and design.
  • Describe and apply legal and regulatory requirements to the ethical use of health information and technology in healthcare including clinical practice, disclosure of information, confidentiality and security.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Collaborate in the development, realization and evaluation of strategies for improving nursing practice through the implementation of health information systems and technologies.
  • Collaborate with practitioners, educators, administrators, and researchers in the needs assessment, planning, design, transition to and evaluation of information systems and innovative technologies.
  • Collaborate with practitioners, educators, administrators, and researchers, to conduct a needs assessment, plan, design, transition to and evaluate information systems and innovative technologies.
  • Create and implement a plan for day-to-day operations for a clinical facility in order to maintain accreditation, to meet organizational goals, achieve quality and safety outcomes, and carry out the mission of the facility.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate knowledge of health information systems and technology to all participants of a health care ecosystem.
  • Develop an organizational culture that engenders lifelong learning, quality, safety, and competence in a clinical care organization.
  • Develop and analyze continuous improvement processes for patient-centered care systems that optimize clinical workflow and care coordination through information systems and technology.
  • Effectively communicate with members of the multidisciplinary healthcare team in the design and management of health care delivery systems.
  • Employ best evidence and nursing judgment to make sound and ethical decisions that advance the quality and safety of nursing care and care delivery systems.
  • Employ evidenced based practice resources and references to support the adoption and use of healthcare technologies for nurses at the point of care.
  • Evaluate ongoing quality and process improvement for patient-centered care systems that optimize clinical workflow, care coordination, and patient outcomes.
  • Evaluate the healthcare technology environment to ensure compliance with ethical, legal and regulatory mandates and professional standards for advanced nursing practice.
  • Lead in the continuous improvement of quality and safety in patient care organizations.
  • Lead nursing and staff development educational and innovation-oriented programs associated with technology adoption in health care settings.
  • Provide leadership in nursing staff development, project management, technology adoption and change management in health care settings.

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:

National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:


Contact the Library:

  • (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 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:

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

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.

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.

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