Competency-Based: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)-Nursing Informatics

Recent healthcare legislation has called for more widespread use of information technology—and nurses are at the epicenter of this transformation. In the Nursing Informatics specialization, you will:

  • Learn how technology systems and workflows can improve and expedite communication and patient data.
  • Explore key areas such as information systems, database concepts, effective project management, information protection, and knowledge management in a healthcare setting.
  • Apply what you’ve learned in a real-world setting through fieldwork experience.

The BSN Track is for registered nurses who already hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Students who enter the program with a BSN will complete the following core curriculum and then advance to the courses in the Nursing Informatics specialization.

If you hold a hospital diploma, associate degree in nursing, or bachelor’s degree (other than BSN), see the RN Track.

Progress at Your Own Pace

The competency-based option is designed for working professionals. Your progress is measured by the mastery or demonstration of skills, abilities, and knowledge in a particular area of study.

Each competency included in the MSN-Nursing Informatics program has been carefully designed by expert faculty with input from employers, with both your education and future employment in mind.

Completion Requirements

  • 53 total quarter credits
    • Core Competencies (23 cr.)
    • Specialization Competencies (30 cr.)

Core Competencies

Foundations for Graduate Study (NURS 6003)

  • FG001 Networking for Academic and Professional Success: Develop an academic and professional network.
  • FG002 Academic and Professional Strategies and Resources: Identify academic resources and strategies for success.
  • FG003 Academic and Professional Integrity: Apply strategies to promote academic integrity and professional ethics.
  • FG004 Scholarship and Nursing Practice: Analyze peer-reviewed research related to issues in nursing practice.
  • FG005 Professional Development Plan: Create professional development plans for academic success and professional practice.
  • FG006 Standards of Practice: Justify selection of the MSN specialization using standards and scope of practice.

Policy and Advocacy for Improving Population Health (NURS 6050)

  • PA001 Agenda Setting: Evaluate federal agendas to promote healthcare issues within the policymaking system/process.
  • PA002 Legislation: Advocate a position on a population health-related bill.
  • PA003 Regulation: Analyze how regulations influence the nurse's role and the delivery, costs, and access to healthcare.
  • PA004 Design and Implementation: Assess outcomes of population health program/policy evaluations.
  • PA005 Healthcare Program/Policy Evaluation: Assess outcomes of population health program/policy evaluations.
  • PA006 Global Healthcare Issues: Analyze the impact of nurse advocacy on addressing global health issues.

Transforming Nursing and Healthcare Through Technology (NURS 6051)

  • TN001 What is Informatics? Analyze frameworks and tools for the role of the nurse as an informaticist and knowledge worker.
  • TN002 The role of Nurse Informatics in Healthcare: Analyze the role of the nurse informaticist in nursing informatics projects to improve outcomes or efficiencies in healthcare organizations.
  • TN003 Data to Information to Knowledge to Wisdom: Analyze how standardized terminologies impact the practice of healthcare and nursing informatics.
  • TN004 Technologies Supporting Applied Practice and Optimal Pat: Analyze nursing informatics research on the application of clinical systems to improve outcomes and efficiencies.
  • TN005 The Nurse Leader and the Systems Development Life Cycle: Define the role of the nurse for participation on an implementation team as a component of the systems development life cycle.
  • TN006 Policy and Regulation Supporting Informatics and Technology: Evaluate legislative policies and regulations for health and nursing informatics and their impact on improvement for outcomes and efficiencies in nursing practice.

Essentials of Evidence-Based Practice (NURS 6052)

  • EB001 Evidence-based Practice (EBP) and the Quadruple Aim: Analyze the relationship between evidence-based practice and the Quadruple Aim in healthcare organizations.
  • EB002 Research Methodology: Analyze research methodologies described in peer-reviewed articles.
  • EB003 Clinical Inquiry, Problem-Intervention-Comparison-Outcome-Time (PICOT), and Searching Databases: Analyze relevant, peer-reviewed articles in support of PICOT questions.
  • EB004 Critical Appraisal, Evaluation/Summary, and Synthesis of Evidence: Recommend best practices based on critical appraisal of evidence-based research.
  • EB005 Evidence-Based Decision-Making: Recommend evidence-based organizational changes using an evidence-based practice approach to decision-making.
  • EB006 Disseminating Evidenced-Based Practice Changes: Analyze dissemination strategies for evidence-based practice changes in healthcare.

Organizational and Systems Leadership (NURS 6053)

  • IS001 Healthcare Environment: Analyze the impact of national healthcare trends on organizational leadership practice.
  • IS002 Professionalism: Assess organizational policies and the promotion of ethical practice in addressing healthcare issues/stressors.
  • IS003 Leadership: Create a leadership philosophy to promote transformational leadership in nursing practice.
  • IS004 Promoting Organizational Health: Recommend evidence-based strategies to create healthy work environments and promote positive organizational health.
  • IS005 Organizational Change: Create comprehensive plans for meaningful organizational change.

Specialization Competencies

Informatics in Nursing and Healthcare (NURS 6401)

  • IF001 Data-Driven Evidence-Based Practice: Apply evidence-based research for integration into clinical decision support to solve problems and improve patient care.
  • IF002 Perspectives on the Sharing of Healthcare Information: Evaluate the sharing of healthcare data and information between organizations in healthcare contexts.
  • IF003 Potential Challenges of Informatics Technologies: Analyze the potential challenges of EHR systems.
  • IF004 ANA Informatics Competencies in Practice: Apply ANA informatics competencies to nursing practice according to ANCC Standards.
  • IF005 Policy-Driven Nursing Informatics: Analyze policy mandates to establish and maintain nursing informatics practices.

Information and Knowledge Management (NURS 6412)

  • IK001 Electronic Databases: The Backbone of Healthcare Recordkeeping: Analyze the design and uses of electronic databases in nursing settings.
  • IK002 Database Queries for Data Analysis: Design database queries to obtain relevant information for effective data analysis.
  • IK003 Data Analysis to Improve Patient Care and Outcomes: Analyze, extract, and present patient health data to improve outcomes and implement proactive measures.

Supporting Workflow in Healthcare Systems (NURS 6421)

  • WF001 Workflow Models and the Role of the Nurse Informaticist: Identify workflow models and the role of the nurse informaticist throughout the systems development life cycle (SDLC).
  • WF002 Workflow Process Improvement for Healthcare Technologies: Recommend workflow process improvements for healthcare information technologies to prevent workarounds.
  • WF003 Workflow Redesign Solutions and Implementation Strategies: Apply workflow redesign solutions and implementation strategies to achieve meaningful-use compliance and other regulatory and legal requirements.

Project Management: Healthcare Information Technology (NURS 6441)

  • PI001 Principles and Practices of Healthcare Technology Project Management: Analyze principles and practices for planning and managing effective healthcare technology projects.
  • PI002 Healthcare Information Technology Project Plan: Create fiscally sustainable healthcare information technology project plans to improve quality and safety in healthcare settings.
  • PI003 Evaluation of Healthcare Technology Project Plan: Evaluate the potential effectiveness of healthcare technology project plans.

Evaluation Methods for Health Information Technology (NURS 6451)

  • EM001 Information Technology Evaluation Methods: Explain information technology evaluation methods, their evolution, and their role in improving healthcare outcomes.
  • EM002 Challenges of New Information Technology System Implementation: Assess challenges in the implementation of new information technology systems.
  • EM003 Implementation Evaluation Plan: Create evidence-based practice evaluation plans for the implementation of information technology systems.

Capstone Synthesis Practicum (NURS 6461)

  • NS001 Informatics, Nursing Practice, and Social Change: Apply informatics principles to design programs to enhance nursing practice and promote social change.
  • NS002 Opportunities for Leadership and Professional Growth for the Nurse Informaticist: Create plans to participate in leadership and professional growth opportunities to achieve professional goals and objectives in nursing informatics.
  • NS003 Career Advancement in Nursing Informatics: Create resumes, cover letters, and professional profiles to advance in nursing informatics.
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