Information technology continues to play a key role in enhancing patient care. Walden’s Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Informatics places you at the forefront of technological innovation in healthcare.
Nursing informatics is defined by the American Nurses Association as a specialty that integrates nursing science, computer science, and information science to manage and communicate data, information, and knowledge in nursing practice. Graduates of this certificate program will be able to integrate data, information, and knowledge to support patients, nurses, and other caregivers in their decision-making in all roles and settings.
The convergence of information technology with healthcare has enormous potential. Dramatic improvements in the quality and delivery of healthcare for patients and practitioners as a direct result of information technology is emerging and will play a significant long-term role in improving patient care as new technologies emerge.
This program can prepare you to effectively use information technology to enhance decision-making in various healthcare settings. Fieldwork experience in NURS 6431 provides you with an opportunity to apply learning in a real-world environment. Our team of practicum coordinators is available to help at every step of your fieldwork journey.
Gain the expertise to integrate data, information, and knowledge to support decision-making processes that positively affect patients and practitioners. For nurses who already hold a master’s degree, this is the right time to advance your career by adding depth to your portfolio of skills. Coursework for this program blends nursing science with computer and information science and focuses on core concepts in nursing informatics, knowledge and information management, and effective project management.
This sequence represents the minimum credits to completion. Credits to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.
|Course Code||NURS 6002/6003||Course||Foundations for Graduate Study||Credits||(3 cr.)|
|Course Code||NURS 6401||Course||Informatics in Nursing and Healthcare||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||NURS 6411||Course||Information and Knowledge Management||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||NURS 6421||Course||Supporting Workflow in Healthcare Systems||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||NURS 6431||Course||Evaluation Methods for Health Information Technology||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||NURS 6441||Course||Project Management: Healthcare Information Technology||Credits||(5 cr.)|
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to Walden University and to the requirements for successful participation in an online curriculum. Students receive a foundation for the student’s academic and professional success as scholar-practitioners and social change agents. Course assignments focus on introducing students to resources that support success, development of graduate-level writing skills and use of APA, academic integrity, and the development of a professional development plan based on the student’s chosen specialization.
Nursing informatics is a rapidly evolving discipline that impacts all areas of nursing practice. Students in this course establish foundational knowledge for understanding and practicing nursing informatics in healthcare settings. Students explore models and theories that support nursing informatics and examine the use of information technology in support of decisions that promote safety and quality in patient-centered care. They also differentiate concerns about information protection and system integrity. Using concepts learned in the course, students engage in assignments through which they focus on nursing practice in healthcare applications, thus acquiring necessary skills to improve the management of healthcare through informatics nursing practice.
Effectively managing healthcare data is essential to the practice of nursing informatics. In this course, students examine database systems, including database design and manipulation. Students also explore concepts of information and knowledge management in the healthcare practice setting. Course assignments provide students with the opportunity to work efficiently in teams and build essential skills to execute database design. Through this course, students examine nursing's contributions to knowledge management in healthcare organizations.
Effective knowledge and information flow is critical in the coordination of patient care. Nurses are at the center of care coordination for patients, and informatics nurses are central to the design and development of information systems that support workflow in nursing practice. Students in this course examine the analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of electronic information systems in healthcare systems. They compare, contrast, and critique methods of system design. Students also focus on workflow modeling, including assessment of current state workflow and the design of future state workflow, and they examine workflow design best practices to support the implementation and optimization of electronic health records.
Healthcare policy, including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (2009) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (1996), mandates that electronic documentation systems are secure and effective. In this course, students explore systems security and evaluation methods. Through discussion of real-world practice that includes public health and community-based settings, students evaluate the impact of redesigned workflows to the larger system design and throughout the organization. Students create a plan for system design and system evaluation. Through team projects and individual applications, they build skills and confidence that support collaborative, interdisciplinary system design to improve the effectiveness of care.
Healthcare information technology and the implementation of electronic health records are foundational practices critical for success in project management. In this course, students learn the theory of health information technology project management and apply it to real-world experiences. Using project management software, students create a project management plan and schedule, and they control and close tasks related to a health informatics project. Through team projects and individual applications, students build skills and confidence that support the implementation of healthcare information technology to improve the quality of care and patient outcomes.
*NURS 6002 or 6003 is not required for graduates of Walden University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program.
|Course Code||NURS 6600||Course||Capstone Synthesis Practicum||Credits||(5 cr.)|
Students in this course apply the MSN curriculum experience by translating knowledge into practice by designing, developing, and implementing a project in a professional healthcare setting. By using the culmination of learning, students gain the opportunity to effect positive social change within the healthcare delivery environment in the roles of change agent and nurse. Students' capstone experiences will help them develop their passion as practitioners while enhancing the nurse role as an advocate for social change within a scholarly presence.