Tempo Competency-Based Learning RN to MSN

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 RN Track is for registered nurses who hold a hospital diploma, associate degree in nursing, or bachelor’s degree (other than BSN).

This track requires that you fulfill general education requirements. Once you meet these requirements, you can begin the foundations and core competencies for the MSN.

If you already hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), see the BSN 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

  • 78 total quarter credits
    • Foundation Competencies (25)
    • Core Competencies (23)
    • Specialization Competencies (25)
    • Capstone Competencies (5)

Foundation Competencies

Issues and Trends in Nursing (Aligning to NURS 3100)

  • IN3001 The Power of Nursing: Recognize the role of the nurse as a leader in the dynamic field of healthcare.
  • IN3002 Nurses at the Forefront of Issues and Trends: Analyze factors, issues, and trends impacting the nursing profession.
  • IN3003 Quality and Safety Practices for Healthcare Solutions: Explain how evidence-based nursing solutions promote patient quality and safety.
  • IN3004 Inter-Professional Teamwork: Civil Collaboration for the Common Good: Recommend appropriate strategies to promote civility and inter-professional communication in the workforce.
  • IN3005 Powerful Caring Leads to Social Change: Analyze the responsibility of nursing professionals to advocate for social change.
  • IN3006 Creating Your Personal Nursing Legacy: Evaluate areas of strength and areas of professional growth for improving the health and healthcare delivery of populations.

Foundations of Nursing Research (Aligns to NURS 3150)

  • NR3001 Research Process: Recognize the elements of the research process.
  • NR3002 Research Methodology: Analyze research methodologies.
  • NR3003 Interpreting Data: Analyze and interpret research data.
  • NR3004 Research Recommendations: Generate reasonable conclusions and recommendations based on published research findings.

Role of the Nurse Leader in Population Health (Aligns to NURS 4210)

  • PH4001 The Role of the Nurse Leader in Population Health: Analyze the role of the nurse leader in population health.
  • PH4002 Identifying Health Problems within Your Community: Justify a public health problem within your community using multiple sources of data.
  • PH4003 Community Assessment (Practicum): Analyze a population health problem based on a community assessment.
  • PH4004 Evidence-Based Practice in Public Health Nursing (Practicum): Synthesize sources of information to inform public health nursing interventions.
  • PH4005 Evidence-Based Intervention Plan (Practicum): Create an evidence-based primary intervention plan at the system level in collaboration with health leaders to improve the health of a population in your community.

Topics in Clinical Nursing (Aligns to NURS 4005)

  • CN4001 Nurse as Leader: Analyze the leadership role of the nurse in preventing and managing health problems across the lifespan in health care practice settings.
  • CN4002 Genetics and Genomics: Develop a patient education fact sheet for a genetic based health care issue.
  • CN4003 Staffing Plan: Analyze the process of creating a staffing plan that meets both patient care needs and budget constraints.
  • CN4004 Data-driven Nursing Interventions: Create a data-driven nursing intervention based on quality indicators.

Leadership Competencies in Nursing and Healthcare (Aligns to NURS 4220)

  • LC4001 Healthcare Quality: Analyze healthcare quality for nursing practice.
  • LC4002 Quality Improvement Processes: Analyze quality improvement processes.
  • LC4003 Quality Improvement Tools: Analyze information from quality improvement tools.
  • LC4004 Leadership for Organizational Culture and Growth: Analyze leadership for organizational culture and growth to promote positive social change through patient quality and safety.
  • LC4005 Improving Patient Quality and Safety: Apply quality improvement processes and tools as a scholar-practitioner to improve quality and safety.

Core Competencies

Transition to Graduate Study for Nursing (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: Analyze advocacy and the role of the nurse in healthcare program design and implementation.
  • 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 Patient Outcomes: 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 Integration: 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.

Interprofessional Organizational and Systems Leadership (NURS 6053)

  • IO001 Healthcare Environment: Analyze the impact of national healthcare trends on organizational leadership practice.
  • IO002 Professionalism: Assess organizational policies and the promotion of ethical practice in addressing healthcare issues/stressors.
  • IO003 Leadership: Create a leadership philosophy to promote transformational leadership in nursing practice.
  • IO004 Promoting Organizational Health: Recommend evidence-based strategies to create healthy work environments and promote positive organizational health.
  • IO005 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 evolution of database uses and integration in nursing settings.
  • IK002 Database Design and Relational Databases: Develop basic relational databases using database design principles.
  • IK003 Database Queries for Data Analysis: Design database queries for effective data analysis.
  • IK004 Data Integrity, Security, and Storage: Recommend best practices for ensuring data integrity and security.
  • IK005 Data Analysis to Improve Patient Care and Outcomes: Recommend ethical data mining and information sharing strategies to improve patient care and outcomes.

Supporting Workflow in Healthcare Systems (NURS 6421)

  • WF001 Workflow Models and the Role of the Nurse Informaticist: Recommend workflow models from the perspective of the nurse informaticist throughout the systems development life cycle (SDLC).
  • WF002 Workflow Process Improvement for Healthcare Technologies: Develop gap analysis plans to recommend workflow process improvements for healthcare information technologies to prevent workaround.
  • WF003 Workflow Redesign Solutions and Implementation Strategies: Apply workflow redesign solutions and implementation strategies to achieve meaningful-use compliance.

Project Management: Healthcare Information Technology (NURS 6441)

  • PI001 Change Management in Healthcare Information Technology Projects: Develop a change management plan based on principles of project management and planning.
  • PI002 Healthcare Information Technology Project Plan: Develop a healthcare information technology project plan to improve quality and safety in healthcare settings.
  • PI003 Strategies in Healthcare Information Technology Project Management: Evaluate strategies and best practices for effective and ethical healthcare information technology project management.

Evaluation Methods for Health Information Technology (NURS 6451)

  • EM001 The Role of Health Information Technology (HIT) Evaluation: Analyze the characteristics of health information technology (HIT) evaluation.
  • EM002 Health Information Technology (HIT) Evaluation Plan: Create an evidence-based practice evaluation plan for a health information technology (HIT) implementation.
  • EM003 Dissemination and Ethics in Health Information Technology (HIT) Evaluation: Evaluate strategies related to dissemination and ethics in health information technology (HIT) evaluation

Capstone Synthesis Practicum (NURS 6461)

  • NS001 Opportunities for Leadership and Professional Growth for the Nurse Informaticist: Develop an evidence-based project to meet nursing informatics needs at a professional organization
  • NS002 Leadership and Career Advancement: Prepare a professional portfolio to advance a nurse informaticist role

Note on Field Experience and Relocating
Students who are considering relocating are advised to contact their Student Success Advisor prior to any decision to relocate in order to determine how relocation may impact progress in their program. Advisors can provide information and guidance on how relocating may result in possible changes, restrictions, and/or additional requirements affecting field experience. Each Board of Nursing and Higher Education Authority governs the field experience rules and regulations in their respective states, and students may be unable to complete field experience in the state in which they plan to relocate. While Walden is committed to working collaboratively with students to secure field sites across the United States, it is imperative that students contact their Student Success Advisor immediately when considering relocating.

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