Syllabus for NUR-531

Nursing Informatics: Concepts and Issues


Nursing Informatics combines knowledge and skills from nursing science, computer science, information science, and cognitive science to design and implement automated systems that support the nursing process in the delivery of healthcare services. Within this course, major topics related to nursing informatics and related fields will be explored. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of how automation is used to manage information in healthcare and the nurse's role in the process. This graduate-level overview course provides required informatics knowledge and skills for all students as well as the foundation for all additional informatics courses.



After completing this course, you should be able to:

CO1        Assess the role of information technology in the formation and use of knowledge.

CO2        Compare and contrast various technology and data resources needed for retrieving, storing, analyzing, managing, and communicating information for the delivery of nursing and healthcare.

CO3        Integrate information technology (IT) culture, processes, roles, related terminology, and applications in the practice of nursing.

CO4        Simulate participation as a team member in the information systems life cycle.

CO5        Evaluate issues for security standards of automated applications in healthcare, including strategies to secure healthcare information from internal and external risks and threats.

CO6        Demonstrate how to provide consumers and healthcare institutions with information to access, evaluate, and use electronic healthcare information and resources.

CO7        Analyze the impact of informatics technology on patient safety, error prevention, and developing a culture of safety.


You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbooks

ISBN: 978-1284043518

ISBN: 978-1558102569

        ISBN: 978-1433805615


Nursing Informatics: Concepts and Issues is a three-credit, online course consisting of nine modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, and complete a final project. See below for details.

Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.

Please note: (1) Rewriting or resubmitting assignments is not permitted; (2) no assignments may be submitted after the last day of the course without an approved extension; and (3) extension requests must be approved by the mentor and submitted by the student to the Registrar's Office prior to the last day of the course.

Discussion Forums

You are required to complete eleven discussion forums. The discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.

Purpose: The purpose of forums is for you to discuss, explore, debate, and synthesize concepts from the assigned activities, readings, and the literature.

Quality: Forums are used to demonstrate student understanding and application of the material, to allow for peer teaching, and to gain insights by comparing diverse perspectives. You are part of an online community of students and will collectively interact through the forums. The forums provide a rich opportunity for dialogue about the activity, question, or problem presented. Forum discussions help develop and refine thoughts through the writing process and will contribute to greater understanding of the content and application of the concepts/principles/theories to your professional roles. The expectation is that you will lead the discussion and will extend the discussion as much as possible. Mentors will ask for clarification, expansion, examples, or will redirect the conversation as needed. You are expected to respond to mentors and colleague questions and comments.

Responses to peers: Responses should be no longer than one page, double-spaced. Offer substantive comments or explanations of agreement or disagreement. Demonstrate that you have thought about the post and your response. Your response should not just be a statement of “good job” or “I do not understand.” Build upon the posts and responses of other students. Responses should be written in a scholarly manner using APA formatting principles (i.e., use complete sentences, spell out acronyms the first time you use them in the body of the text, and spell-check prior to submission). Provide citations and references.

Quantity: Assignment synopses will be posted in Moodle for each forum. Your three posts (initial and two responses) should ideally be completed on different days to enable an online “conversation.” Note: A best practice for creating your narrative posts and responses is to place your responses into a Word document and save the document; then copy and paste directly to the appropriate forum in Moodle. (Do not upload Word files into the forum.)

Note: The minimum participation requirement for discussion forum activities is at least three posts on at least three different days—an initial post responding to the questions and at least two posts to at least two classmates. Located within the Evaluation Rubrics folder on the course website is the online discussion forum rubric used to grade all online discussions.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete four written assignments, each to be completed in APA format. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. The first written assignment is a nursing informatics theory paper, which will require you to conduct some academic research. The second is a workflow analysis summary, and the final two are case study analyses.

Please note: You will be using the theoretical framework/model from Written Assignment 1 in the final project.


You are required to submit three assignments (Written Assignments 2 and 4 as well as the final project)  in this course to, an academic plagiarism prevention site, prior to submitting the assignment within your course space.




For each, you will need to complete your work with the site prior to submitting the assignment within your course space. You will receive immediate written feedback from Turnitin regarding writing style as well as a plagiarism gauge with tips for proper citations. You then have the opportunity to edit your assignment with this feedback in mind and resubmit it to Turnitin for additional checking. Once you are satisfied with the project, you are required to submit the Turnitin feedback (also known as the originality report)  for the final version along with the project itself within the course space.


Read carefully the documents at the following links, as they will give you instructions for this requirement:

Turnitin Student Manual

Turnitin FAQ


Details on accessing and using Turnitin may be found at the following link: Turnitin Details

This information can also be found within Using Turnitin for Assignments. You can locate this document in the topic list area of your course space.

Final Project

The purpose of the final project is to encourage you to increase your knowledge and understanding of nursing informatics and health information technology. You will choose a topic relevant to the information covered within the course, with which you have an interest. Note: The theoretical framework presented in Written Assignment 1 will serve as the underlying foundation for the paper.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All graded activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:
























Below 73

To receive MSN credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of B or better, based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, papers, discussion postings, etc.). BSN students receiving a C, C+, or B– will earn credit toward the BSN degree but not toward the MSN degree should they decide to apply or continue on for the MSN degree. BSNA students receiving a C+ or B– will earn credit toward the BSNA degree but not toward the MSN degree should they decide to apply or continue on for the MSN degree.

Lateness Policy

Written assignments should be submitted no later than the due date unless prior arrangements are made with the mentor and a new due date is established. If a student submits an assignment after the due date without having made arrangements with the mentor, a minimum of five points (based on an assignment grading scale of 100 points) or 5% of the total points will be deducted for each week, or part thereof, that the assignment is late. Discussion forum assignments must be done in the week they are due or points will be forfeited.


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to maintaining academic quality, excellence, and honesty. The University expects all members of its community to share the commitment to academic integrity, an essential component of a quality academic experience.

Students at Thomas Edison State University are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

All members of the University community are responsible for reviewing the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State University expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.

If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > Citing Sources.)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

Disciplinary Process for Plagiarism

Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.

If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.

If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.

Possible sanctions include:

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