Course Syllabus

Course Description:
Integrates nursing science with computer technology and information science to identify, gather, process, and manage information.  Emphasis on technology based health applications which support clinical, administrative, research, and educational decision making enhancing the efficacy of nursing endeavors.

Course Purpose:
This course provides an overview of nursing informatics for the advanced practice nurse.  Focus is on developing an understanding of concepts relevant to health care informatics.  Current trends and issues in using, designing, and managing heath care information systems will be examined.  Students, applying  knowledge from assigned readings, will analyze the design and implementation of health care information systems.  The course includes email, electronic discussion forums, computer applications, worldwide web, and internet assignments.

Course Objectives:
1.  Identify key trends and issues in nursing informatics and the impact on health care information systems.
    1.1    Describe the historical perspectives of nursing and computers
    1.2    Discuss the term nursing informatics.
    1.3    Define basic terms related to hardware, software, World Wide Web, and the Internet.
    1.4    Identify informatics visions for the profession of nursing.
    1.5    Discuss technology applications utilizing speech recognition, genomic informatics, date warehousing, and virtual reality.

2.  Explain how theories, such as communication, information, management, systems, and nursing relate to
     health care information systems.
    2.1    Define classic change theories:  early group, small group, and field theories.
    2.2    Discuss the impact of technology and change in the health care setting.
    2.3    Explain organizational culture.

3. Examine ethical/legal issues that arise in using, designing, and managing health care information systems.
    3.1    Define the terms of privacy, confidentiality, and security.
    3.2    Discuss what influence technology information systems have on privacy, confidentiality, and security.
    3.3    Identify the need for data standards.

4. Discuss taxonomy and nomenclature relating to nursing and health care information systems.
    4.1    Define nursing minimum data set.
    4.2    Identify standardized nursing language classifications.
    4.3    Describe the benefits of a standardized nursing language.
    4.4    Discuss the electronic health record.

5. Analyze current health care information systems used in nursing practice, administration, research, and education.
    5.1    Discuss the four major stages of the system cycle.
    5.2    Identify nursing role in implementation of a health care information system.
    5.3    Describe the benefit of the evaluation process in the last stage of the system cycle.
    5.4    Identify computer applications utilized in the practice setting.
    5.5    Describe the benefits of administrative applications of information technology.
    5.6    Define knowledge discovery in datasets (KDD).
    5.6    Discuss the impact of computer technology on nursing curriculum.
    5.7    Identify uses of technology in research.
    5.8    Discuss challenges and issues of technology in telehealth applications.

6. Synthesize knowledge from various information sources to increase accessibility and usability of a  health care information
    6.1    Define human computer interaction.
    6.2    List usability factors that facilitate human interaction with computers.
    6.3    Discuss the value of usability testing.
    6.4    Define data, databases, information, and knowledge.
    6.5    Perform searches with different World Wide Web search engines.
    6.6    Search nursing bibliographic databases.
    6.7    Explore collected and stored data elements.
    6.8    Evaluate a health related web site.
    6.9    Discuss the technology impact in health care settings.

Teaching Strategies
This is a distance learning course allowing students access to the course information with flexibility of location and study schedule.  The World Wide Web and WebCT will be used to deliver the course providing conversations with the instructor, fellow students, and nurse informatics experts via threaded discussions and email.  Class discussion, literature and health database surveys, independent readings, electronic communication, written assignments, and projects will be included in the course. A specific schedule will define the time frame for the course content as well as due dates for assignments.

Technical Requirements
Please see the  Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Distance Learning Site for a discussion of minimum technical requirements for distance learning courses.

You should be comfortable with doing work processing, e-mail, management of e-mail attachments, downloading and uploading of files, and simple searches.

Help Using WebCT
 On-line Student User Guide

Course Assignments:
Course assignments are designed to foster students' learning experiences.  Students are expected to read not only the assigned chapters within the textbook but additional professional literature related to the weekly content.  Students' information levels vary greatly on a topic entwined with computer technology.  Thus, as in any graduate course, learning outcomes are dependent upon the degree of intellectual pursuit put forth by each individual.

All written assignments must meet the standard for graduate level work with correct spelling, punctuation, grammar, syntax, concept development, and follow APA (5th Edition) format.  Refer to pp.  the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association  (2001) for rules regarding plagiarism.  The following are some resources found on the web with information based on the American Psychological Association (APA) style of writing.
 American Psychological Association
 Electronic Reference Formats Recommended by the American Psychological Association
 Frequently Asked Questions About the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
 Grammar, Punctuation, and Mechanics

 Writing On-Line This service is offered by the Writing Center at IPFW.  You can improve your writing for any class with knowledgeable peer writing consultants.  The staff will help you brainstorm, develop, and organize your ideas, work on issues of meaning and style, and learn to polish and edit your final draft.
Course Assignments Points
Bibliographic database search    5
Database search    5
Evaluation World Wide Web Information  20
Joining a health care listserve, sharing information two times with other students  20
Definition of  "heuristics"    5
Security of paper records vs electronic records    5
Classroom discussion participation  40
Ask the Expert 100
Nursing Informatics Assessment and Proposal 100
Power Point Presentation  50
Total 350

Descriptions of Assignments and Correlated Icons
Evaluation World Wide Web Information
Publishing on the Internet is available to anyone with no peer or editorial reviews, thus evaluation of the information is essential.  The ICYouSee  site provides the st*p*d assignment for evaluation of a Web site. Upon completion of the assignment remember to put my email,, in the cc line.

Select and join a listserv that is of professional interest to you and related to technology in nursing/health care.  Twice during the semester submit to the class discussion an issue/concern/topic that has been discussed on the listserv.  Sharing of information synthesized from listserv sites will enhance learning in this course.  Group discussion of the listserv information is encouraged to further expand learning with shared experiences and information appropriate to the topics.

Class Discussion
Class discussion and group assignments, important components of this class, will enhance the students' learning.  Students' discussions resulting from analysis and synthesis of current literature, coupled with illustrations of real life experiences and observations will facilitate the achievement of several objectives.  First, students gain an awareness of the range of ideas found on informatics issues.  Second, students define a foundation of basic informatics concepts from which to build upon for further informatics explorations.  Third, group dynamics facilitate interactions requiring application of problem solving approaches to reach finalization of identified goals.

Ask the Expert
This is an exciting and unique opportunity for students to dialog with internationally known experts in the field of nursing informatics.  Technology brings these experts to the students, allowing interactions without the expense of travel and conference fees.  Within a limited time frame, the experts have agreed to asynchronously respond to students' posted questions and comments.  The willingness of these people to participate in this course by sharing their time and expertise is greatly appreciated and students should recognize the contributions that are being made to promote the understanding of nursing informatics.

Nursing Informatics Assessment and Proposal
Assess an information system used in a health care setting.  The assessment should include a description of the organization, details about the system users, and an analysis of the information system.  Synthesize information from the required textbook and current professional literature to propose changes to or replacement of the present information system.  Describe the benefits of the proposed system, as well as the personnel and equipment requirements and budget estimates.  Discuss the development aspects related to standardization, uniqueness, and testing measures.  Utilize concepts of information and change theories in the strategies to analyze, design, implement, and evaluate the project.  Incorporate flowcharts, database and/or spreadsheet applications.  Limit the report to eighteen pages, not counting the reference pages, using APA format.  Grading criteria is defined on the Nursing Informatics Assessment and Proposal grade sheet .

Power Point Presentation
Using the software of Power Point, create a presentation of the Nursing Informatics Assessment and Proposal paper.  Submit this via regular email to each class member and me by the due date.  Grading criteria is defined on the Power Point Presentation grade sheet .   See the discussion under Course Assignments for suggestions of helpful Power Point sites.

Course Schedule:
See Class Schedule .

Course Policies:
Student are accountable for information in the IPFW Student Handbook entitled:  "IPFW Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct".

Assignments submitted via the assignment drop box will become property of the University.  Students should make a copy of the assignment before submitting the original to the professor.  All assignments are expected on the due dates.  There will be a deduction of 5% per day for late assignments.

Grading Scale:
A 93 - 100  = 325 - 350 points 
A-  90 - 92  = 315 - 324 points 
B+  87 - 89  = 305 - 314 points 
B 83 - 86  = 291 - 304 points 
B- 80 - 82 = 280 - 290 points 
C+ 77 - 79  = 270 - 279 points 
C 73 - 76  = 256 - 269 points 
C- 70 - 72 = 245 - 255 points
F <below 70 br>  + <below 245