Syllabus for NUR-731

 

NURSING INFORMATICS: PRACTICUM II


COURSE DESCRIPTION 

This course builds on the student’s learning and achievements from Nursing Informatics Seminar and Practicum I.  Depending on the learning opportunities available, and the student’s evolving professional goals, the student, in consultation with the course mentor and onground preceptor, may continue and/or modify the selected practicum activities and project(s) developed in the first practicum course.  Students reflectively discuss their experiences, projects, and related learning in the online seminar. This course requires completion of 120 practicum hours. Submission of the e-portfolio and a synthesis paper will be required to demonstrate achievement of MSN program outcomes and competencies.

 

Prerequisites: All other MSN degree and Nursing Informatics Certificate requirements*; submission of all documents and requirements outlined in the Practicum Packet including a criminal background check.

*Students may register for one elective concurrent with this course.

 

Advisory: Students who do not have updated e-portfolios will not be able to register for this course. Students should have access to a webcam.

COURSE TOPICS

  1. Review System Life Cycle Stage III & IV
  2. Communication Methodology
  3. Proof of Concept
  4. Readiness Assessment  
  5. Organizing and Presenting Baseline Data
  6. Developing Electronic Reports  
  7. Educational Scripts and Tools
  8. Conversion Plan
  9. Downtime Policy
  10. Impact Analysis (presented over 2 weeks)
  11. Transitioning  to a Nursing Informatics Position

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After successfully completing this course, the student will be able to:

 

  1. execute stages III and VI of the system life cycle within an active healthcare setting using project management skills; (CO1)   

  1. design and implement a readiness assessment and testing scenarios that validate future state functionality; (CO2)   
  1. analyze data to assess an organizations readiness to go-live and the  impact new technology/functionality has had on organization post go live; (CO3)

  1. execute the education and communication plan to prepare employees for the new technology and/or functionality; (CO4)

  1. contribute to the conversion plan (cut over plan) to be used during go live; (CO5)

  1. participate in a command center that coordinates activities during go live; (CO6)

  1. create a downtime process & policy that addresses employee’s needs when new technology/functionality is not accessible ; and (CO7)

  1. outline steps needed to transition one’s professional role to a Nursing Informatics position. (CO8)

COURSE MATERIALS

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

 

Required Materials  

  1. American Nurses Association. (2008). Nursing informatics: Scope and standards of practice. Silver Spring, MD: Author.

ISBN-13: 978-1-55810-256-9

  1. American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

ISBN-13: 9781433805615

  1. Felgen, J. (2007). I2E2: Leading lasting change. Minneapolis, MN: Creative Healthcare Management, Inc.  

ISBN-13: 978-1-886624-12-2 or ISBN-10: 1-886624-12-7  

  1. Hebda, T., & Czar, P. (2009). Handbook of informatics for nurses & healthcare professionals (4th ed). New Jersey: Pearson.

ISBN-10: 0135043948

  1. Houston, S., & Bove, L. (2007). Project management for healthcare informatics. New York,  NY: Springer, .

ISBN-10: 0387736824

Additional Resources

  1. Please see the additional resource section of the course website for a list of additional course resources..

 

COURSE STRUCTURE

NURSING INFORMATICS: Practicum I (NUR-721) is a three-credit online course, consisting of 11 modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.

 

  1. Module 1: Review System Life Cycle Stage III & IV

Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, CO2, CO3, CO4, CO5, CO6, and CO7.

 

  1. Module 2: Communication Methodology

Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, CO2, CO4, CO5, CO6, and CO7.

 

  1. Module 3: Proof of Concept

Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, CO2, CO3, CO4, and CO5.

 

  1. Module 4: Readiness Assessment

Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, CO2, CO3, CO5, and CO6.

 

  1. Module 5: Organizing and Presenting Baseline Data

Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, CO2, CO5, and CO6.

 

  1. Module 6: Developing Electronic Reports

Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, CO3, and CO4.

 

  1. Module 7: Educational Scripts and Tools

Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, CO2, CO3, CO5, and CO6.

 

  1. Module 8: Conversion Plan

Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, CO3, CO4, CO5, and CO6.

 

  1. Module 9: Downtime Policy

Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, CO2, CO4, and CO7.

 

  1. Module 10: Impact Analysis

Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, CO3, CO4, and CO6.

 

  1. Module 11: Transitioning  to a Nursing Informatics Position

Course objectives covered in this module include CO8.

   

ASSESSMENT METHODS

For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in twelve (12) online discussion forums (DF), eleven (11) independent learning activities (ILA) and complete twelve (12) written assignments (WA). See below for more details.

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Online Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in 11 graded discussion forums. Discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. There is also an ungraded but required introduction forum in Module 1.

Located within the Evaluation Rubrics section of the course website is the online discussion forum rubric used to aid in the grading of all online discussion assignments.

Independent Learning Activities (ILA)

You are required to complete 11, ungraded, Independent Learning Activities.    

The details of, and requirements for, each of the ILAs are contained in the relevant modules under Assignments. Although ungraded, these ILAs provide critical information to assist you to successfully complete your clinical practicum assignments and discussion board forums.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete eleven written assignments, a written evaluation of your clinical  practicum site and preceptor, and submit a practicum evaluation tool.

  1. The first written assignment, WA #1, is a Journal & Log called Journal & Log #1 is worth 5% of your grade
  2. The second written assignment, WA #2, is a paper called Proof of Concepts - Test Scripts, and is worth 8% of your final grade.
  3. The third written assignment, WA #3, is a paper called Readiness Assessment Tool, and is  worth 8% of your grade.
  4. The fourth written assignment, WA #4, is called the Synthesis Paper (1st submission).  It is graded on a Pass/Fail basis. The final submission of the paper must be passed in order to pass the course. The student is allowed to resubmit the paper a second time (WA#4A) if the paper fails on the first submission.
  5. The fifth written assignment, WA #5, is a paper called Baseline Data Report, and is worth 8% of your final grade.


  1. The sixth written assignment, WA #6, is a Journal & Log called Journal & Log #2, and is  worth 5% of your grade.
  2. The seventh written assignment, WA #7, is a paper called Educational Scripts and Tools, and is worth 8% of your final grade.
  3. The eight written assignment, WA #8, is a Journal & Log called Journal & Log #3, and is worth 5% of your grade.
  4. The ninth written assignment, WA #9, is a paper called Downtime Policy, and is  worth 8% of your grade
  5. The tenth written assignment, WA #10, is an evaluation tool called Practicum Evaluation Tool, and is graded on a Pass/Fail basis.
  6. The eleventh written assignment, WA #11, is a MS PowerPoint presentation called Impact Analysis (Post "go live"), and is  worth 20% of your grade.
  7. The twelfth written assignment, WA #12, is a Journal & Log called Journal & Log #4, and is worth 5% of your grade.
  8. The thirteenth written assignment, WA #13, is called Practicum Site & Preceptor Evaluation and is graded on a Pass/Fail basis, and must be passed in order to pass the course.
  9. The final written assignment, WA #4A, is called the Synthesis Paper (2nd submission, if needed).  It is graded on a Pass/Fail basis, and must be passed in order to pass the course.

Located within the Evaluation Rubrics section of the course website are the written assignment rubrics used to aid in the grading of each written assignment.

See course Calendar for due dates.

GRADING AND EVALUATION

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

 

  1. Online discussions (12) - 20 percent
  2. WA #1 - Journal & Log #1 - 5 percent
  3. WA #2 - Proof of Concept (Test Scripts) - 8 percent
  4. WA #3 - Readiness Assessment - 8 percent
  5. WA #4 - Synthesis Paper[a]
  6. WA #5 - Baseline Data Report - 8 percent
  7. WA #6 - Journal & Log #2 - 5 percent
  8. WA #7 - Educational Scripts and Tools - 8 percent
  1. WA #8 - Journal & Log #3 - 5 percent
  2. WA #9 - Downtime Policy - 8 percent
  3. WA #10 - Clinical Practicum Evaluation Tool - Pass/Fail
  4. WA #11 - Impact Analysis (Post "go live") - 20 percent
  5. WA #12 - Journal & Log #4 - 5 percent
  6. WA #13 - Practicum Site & Preceptor Evaluation - Pass/Fail
  7. WA #4A - Synthesis Paper (2nd submission, if needed) - Pass/Fail [Must be passed to pass course] [b]


All assignments 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:

 

A

=

93100

A–

=

9092

B+

=

8889

B

=

8387

B–

=

8082

C+

=

7879

C

=

7377

C–

=

7072

D

=

6069

F

=

Below 60

 

Students enrolled in the MSN degree program must earn a grade of C (73) or better in the nursing courses for the credit to be accepted toward the degree. Students enrolled in the Nurse Educator Certificate program must earn a grade of B (83) or better for the course to be applied to program requirements.

NOTE

 All website addresses (URLs) in this course were accurate and reflected the stated content at the onset of the course. However URLs change and great resources may disappear. If you encounter a problem accessing a website, post a message in the HELP discussion area of this course.

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 board assignments must be completed in a timely manner or points will be deducted.

 

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success

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

 

  1. Read carefully the entire Syllabus, making sure that all aspects of the course are clear to you and that you have all the materials required for the course.


  1. Take the time to read the entire Online Student Handbook and the School of Nursing Student Handbook. These handbooks, which can be found under "Student Support" within the General Information course section, answer many questions about how to proceed through the course and how to get the most from your educational experience at Thomas Edison State College.

  1. All assignments, including the Online Discussion Forums, are graded using a rubric. Be sure to consult the appropriate rubric in the Evaluation Rubrics section of each course for the specific requirements of each assignment.

  1. Utilize the writing resources for APA, listed in the "Educational Resources - Writing Style Guides" within the General Information course section, to help you use this format correctly.

  1. Online tutoring assistance is available through Smarthinking.com located in the "Educational Resources - Online Tutoring Resources" within the General Information course section.

  1. Familiarize yourself with the learning management systems environment—how to navigate it and what the various course areas contain. If you know what to expect as you navigate the course, you can better pace yourself and complete the work on time.

  1. If you are not familiar with Web-based learning be sure to review the processes for posting responses online and submitting assignments before class begins.

 

  1. Note to MSN Students Only. A Synthesis Paper is required for all students in the MSN program. Information on the paper's requirements are available under the MSN Information section of the course. Please read and familiarize yourself with the synthesis paper requirements early in the program.

Study Tips

 

Consider the following study tips for success:

 

To stay on track throughout the course, begin each week by consulting the course Calendar. The calendar provides an overview of the course and indicates due dates for submitting assignments, posting discussions, and scheduling and taking examinations.

 

 

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[a]nur731:

WA#4 and WA#4A The initial submission occurs on the Monday of Week 4, if a passing grade is not achieved, the paper can be resubmitted on the Monday of Week 10. this assignment must be passed in order to pass the course.  -Catherine Kotecki 3/9/12 12:16 PM

[b]nur731:

** Changed ** -NUR 731 3/1/12 2:52 PMPlease put WA#4 and 4A together -Catherine Kotecki 3/9/12 12:07 PM