Course Index

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NRS 592 CAPSTONE I

In this first course of the capstone sequence, students will synthesize concepts related to research, practice, education and leadership content as well as experiences learned throughout the master's programs of study. Groups of students will collaboratively begin a group-selected evidence-based project. Emphasis is placed on the process of identifying a nursing problem (PICO [T]), searching and critically appraising the literature with development of a summary matrix table.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites:

    Typically taken in the second-to-last semester, or by permission

NRS 569 PRACTICUM IN NURSING INFORMATICS

During the Practicum in Nursing Informatics, the student will select a preceptor in the field of informatics and complete 126 hours of direct interaction.  The student will synthesize clinical applications, roles and competencies of the nurse informaticist and the interface with technology in healthcare.  The student must identify a topic for discussion and share the findings and outcomes of the project.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites:

    All program course work except NRS 592 and NRS 594, or by permission

NRS 568 CLINICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR CLINICAL PRACTICE

The focus of this course is on the role of the nurse in the use of the electronic health record in the clinical practice setting.  The selection, implementation, management, and evaluation of healthcare information systems will be explored.  Regulatory standards such as HITECH, and review of competencies from ANA and TIGER will be discussed.  Other topics include project management; privacy and security standards.  Precepted clinical experience (84 clinical hours) allows for practical application of course theory.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites:

    All program course work except NRS 569, NRS 592 and NRS 594, or by permission

NRS 564 REGULATOR, LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES IN HEALTHCARE INFORMATICS

The utilization of information technology in society has increased the need to ensure privacy and security of patient health information. This course will review regulatory, legal, and ethical philosophies of informatics in healthcare.  Topics will include the history and standards of HIPAA; the impact on system implementation, management, and evaluation; and the role of the informaticist in the protection of the patient.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites:

    NRS 509, NRS 513, NRS 560, NRS 562, or by permission

NRS 562 CONSUMER HEALTH INFORMATICS

Consumer Health Informatics (CHI) is a rapidly-expanding area of informatics practice and focuses on the consumer use of electronic information to guide healthcare outcomes.  This course will cover the implementation of strategies and technologies that improve patients, families and the community access to healthcare; CHI applications, health literacy and trends, opportunities and future challenges.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites:

    NRS 509, NRS 513, NRS 560, or by permission

NRS 560 INTRODUCTION TO HEALTHCARE INFORMATICS

This course provides an introduction to nursing and healthcare informatics and includes applications of information systems and nursing informatics competencies within the healthcare system. Topics covered include but are not limited to, history and theoretical models of nursing informatics; information systems in clinical settings and the use of information for health systems management; nursing roles; nursing vocabularies and nursing knowledge representation ethical and social issues in healthcare informatics, including HIPAA. 

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites:

    NRS 509 & NRS 513, or by permission

NRS 559 PRACTICUM: MANAGEMENT, IMPROVEMENT, AND EVALUATION IN HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONS

Each student will choose a healthcare setting (acute care, long term care, etc.) to work 126 contact hours with a nurse executive/administrator who will serve as a preceptor. Throughout this course, the student will synthesize management and leadership principles into the nurse executive role. The student must identify a project or topic for improvement, develop a strategy for improvement, use evidence and theory to support the proposed improvement strategy, implement and evaluate the improvement strategy and share the findings and outcomes of the project.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites:

    All program course work except NRS 592 and NRS 594, or by permission

NRS 558 ROLE OF THE NURSE EXECUTIVE III: FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT & ECONOMICS

The history of healthcare reimbursement, economics and healthcare, accounting principles and information systems for data retrieval will serve as the introduction to budget principles, development, variances, and strategies. Strategic management, business plans, cost-benefit analysis, cost- effectiveness analysis, collective bargaining, productivity, marketing, staffing, and patient care delivery systems will be discussed from a financial perspective. Students will use Excel for solving financial problems and budgeting exercises.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites:

    All program course work except NRS 559, NRS 592 and NRS 594, or by permission

NRS 554 ROLE OF THE NURSE EXECUTIVE II: HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

This course will focus on the directing and controlling or human resource management (HRM) aspects of the management process. Under the umbrella of quantum and transformational leadership, topics to be covered include delegation, motivation, staffing, empowerment, employee engagement, recruitment and retention strategies, employee selection, performance evaluation, compensation, staff development, coaching/mentoring, disciplinary action, cultural competence and diversity in the workplace, and legal issues associated with human resource management.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites:

    NRS 509, NRS 513, NRS 550, or by permission

NRS 552 ROLE OF THE NURSE EXECUTIVE I: LEADING AN ORGANIZATION

The major focus of this course will be the planning, organizing, and coordinating aspects of management. The role of the nurse executive from the perspective of transformational, quantum, and organizational leadership theories will be explored. The concepts of creating a vision, planning, power, risk-taking, decision-making, reflective practice, emotional intelligence and competence, forces of magnetism, AONE and IOM competencies, and personal and professional responsibility and accountability will be discussed.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites:

    NRS 509, NRS 513, NRS 550, or by permission