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General Course Information for NSG660: Clinical Decision Support

Course: NSG660 - Clinical Decision Support
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Course Description: A variety of systems designed to support nursing decision-making are explored. Strengths and limitations of human decision-making strategies and the need for decision support are presented. Topics include data analysis, information retrieval systems, expert systems and artificial intelligence systems. Design of expert systems is described.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Develop a role as the informatics nurse expert participating in an interdisciplinary team established to construct an expert system for a selected clinical diagnosis problem.
  • Articulate several models for decision support and outcomes prediction, and discriminate between models which can be expressed algorithmically and those which cannot.
  • Select the best algorithmic model for making decisions about a selected nursing problem and use that model to write the functional specifications for an expert system to support nursing decision-making.
  • Collaborate in the development of the data warehouse necessary for the planned expert system.
  • Construct a model for the inference engine for the expert clinical diagnosis and treatment system.
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, to conduct a needs assessment, plan, design, transition to and evaluate information systems and innovative technologies.
  • Develop an organizational culture that engenders lifelong learning, quality, safety, and competence in a clinical care organization.
  • Effectively communicate with members of the multidisciplinary healthcare team in the design and management of health care delivery systems.
  • 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 nursing and staff development educational and innovation-oriented programs associated with technology adoption 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.

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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