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Nursing Informatics 417

This course focuses on information management and the utilization of patient care technologies to improve the patient experience of care (quality, satisfaction, safety), improve the health of populations, and reduce cost. The use of standardized terminologies in computer information systems (CIS) to allow for data gathering and evidence-based decision making to enhance inter-professional communication will be emphasized. Legal and ethical management of data will be explored.


Admission to Old Dominion University School of Nursing BSN program. 

Pedagogical Approach

This is an online course. Assigned readings, written and oral assignments and exams on assigned readings and course content will be used to achieve the course objectives. Teaching strategies include but are not limited to lecture/discussion, on-line text book resources, case studies, simulation.

Learning Outcomes

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Practice is a comprehensive set of core standards for baccalaureate-degree nursing education programs. “The Baccalaureate Essentials detail standards for preparing bachelor’s degree nurses to assume roles as care providers, as designers, as managers, and coordinators of care; and as members of a profession” (AACN, 2016 ¶ 5).

The Essentials are:

Essential I: Liberal Education for Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice

  • A solid base in liberal education provides the cornerstone for the practice and education of nurses.

Essential II: Basic Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Care and Patient Safety

  • Knowledge and skills in leadership, quality improvement, and patient safety are necessary to provide high quality health care.

Essential III: Scholarship for Evidence Based Practice

  • Professional nursing practice is grounded in the translation of current evidence into practice.

Essential IV: Information Management and Application of Patient Care Technology

  • Knowledge and skills in information management and patient care technology are critical in the delivery of quality patient care.

Essential V: Healthcare Policy, Finance, and Regulatory Environments

  • Healthcare policies, including financial and regulatory, directly and indirectly influence the nature and functioning of the healthcare system and thereby are important considerations in professional nursing practice.

Essential VI: Inter professional Communication and Collaboration for Improving Patient Health Outcomes

  • Communication and collaboration among healthcare professionals are critical to delivering high quality and safe patient care.

Essential VII: Clinical Prevention and Population Health

  • Health promotion and disease prevention at the individual and population level are necessary to improve population health and are important components of baccalaureate generalist nursing practice.

Essential VIII: Professionalism and Professional Values

  • Professionalism and the inherent values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice are fundamental to nursing

Essential IX: Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice

  • The baccalaureate-graduate nurse is prepared to practice with patients, including individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations across the lifespan and across the continuum of healthcare environments.
  • The baccalaureate graduate understands and respects the variations of care, the increased complexity, and the increased use of healthcare resources inherent in caring for patients (AACN, 2008).


This is an online course. Assigned readings, written and oral assignments and exams on assigned readings and course content will be used to achieve the course objectives. 

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