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NU 611 Informatics in Nursing

Learn how to effectively access information to enhance patient care.

Format: Online
Duration: 8 weeks
Credits: 3 credits

Informatics is the use of electronic information to promote communication that improves patient care, as well as communication between patient and physician. NU 611 Informatics in Nursing identifies the challenges and opportunities you’ll encounter as a health care professional in the age of information technology.

Each week you will complete assigned readings relevant to the understanding of informatics and engage in activities that are supported through tutorials and collaboration with peers and your instructor. Throughout this course, you will develop skills to use information technology to advance the well-being of your patients as well as your career as a health care professional.

What You’ll Learn in NU 611

This course provides an interactive opportunity to examine how nursing informatics is situated within the broader healthcare informatics systems. Emphasis is placed on the tools and concepts used by nurses and nurse leaders who deal with informatics, sharing of information, communication, and decision-making. Knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes needed to navigate the advance practice role of nursing, using evidence from data and tools used to collect, compile, and communicate the implications of the data are explored.

Course Topics

Throughout this course, weekly topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Concept Exploration and Informatics Basics
  • Technology and the Nursing Profession
  • Meaningful Use in Health Care
  • Information Literacy/Information Competency
  • Informatics and the Nursing Paradigm
  • Emerging Technologies That Affect Patient Care
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Consumer Driven Health Care

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of NU 611, you will be able to:

    • Understand the correlation between nursing science, computer science, and information management in advanced nursing practice.
    • Formulate strategies for use of basic computer skills, information literacy, and information management in practice and research.
    • Examine informatics and ethics in the health care environment.
    • Relate nursing informatics to the new health care paradigm.
    • Explore and evaluate systems and work process flow as it relates to informatics.
    • Discuss the use of language as a tool for nursing informatics.
    • Create a presentation integrating knowledge, skills, and abilities that incorporate nursing informatics.

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To learn more about Informatics in Nursing or other courses in the online MSN program from the University of Saint Mary, call 877-307-4915 to speak with an admissions advisor or request more information.