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Nursing Informatics

Overview

The UMSON Nursing Informatics master's specialty prepares nursing professionals to enhance the quality of patient care and outcomes through the development, implementation, and evaluation of information tools. Increasing demand for the adoption of electronic information systems is creating a growing need for nursing informatics in health care organizations and businesses that develop and sell health care information technology. As a graduate of this specialty, you will be able to analyze nursing information requirements, design system alternatives, manage information technology, identify and implement user-training strategies, and evaluate the effectiveness of clinical and/or management information systems in health care. You will also be prepared to be a leader in the conceptualization, design, and research of computer-based information systems in health care organizations and in the informatics industry.

UMSON offers the post-BSN route for obtaining a master’s degree with the Nursing Informatics specialty. Doctoral degrees (DNP and PhD) and a post-master’s certificate are also offered. Full-time and part-time plans are available. This specialty is available online.

Online Program Overview

  • Nursing informatics courses are offered only online. Core courses and electives may also be taken online, although some face-to-face options are available.
  • Our faculty members are fully committed to distance learning. You receive individual attention from your advisor and communicate with them via telephone or email.
  • For the required practicum, you and your advisor arrange a mutually agreeable site in your local area.
  • We understand that online learning is not for everyone. If you want to explore your potential for distance learning and examine our resources for this method of learning, visit the online learning page.

We invite our students to participate in the Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics Conference.

Program Details

Course Scheduling and Sequencing

This course scheduling and sequencing is for students who will begin the program in spring 2014. Students who began the program prior to spring 2014, click here to see your course sequencing and scheduling. Students who were admitted in spring 2014, NURS 622 and NURS 659 will replace NRSG 780 and NRSG 782.

Nursing Core Courses and Electives

The nursing core courses may be taken in any sequence:

Course Term Offered
NRSG 780: Population Health and Promotion Fall, Spring, Summer
NRSG 782: Organizational and Professional Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice Fall, Spring, Summer
NRSG 790: Application of Science for Evidence-based Practice

Fall, Spring, Summer

NRSG 795: Biostatistics for Evidence-based Practice Fall, Spring, Summer

Leadership Management Courses

The leadership courses may be taken in any sequence.

Course Term Offered
NURS 690: Managerial Health Finance Fall, Spring
NURS 691: Organization Theory: Application to Health Services Management Fall, Spring

Informatics Courses

In general, the informatics courses must be taken in the sequence shown. However, NURS 785 may precede or follow NURS 784 and NURS 786.

Course Term Offered
NURS 736: Technology Solutions for Generating Knowledge in Health Care Fall, Spring
NURS 786: Systems Analysis and Design Spring
NURS 784: Information Technology Project Management Fall
NURS 785: Healthcare Database Systems Summer
NURS 737: Nursing Informatics Concepts and Practice in Systems Adoption Fall
NURS 738: Practicum in Nursing Informatics Spring
NURS 770*: Human Factors of Human and Computer Interaction Spring, Summer

*This course can be taken any spring or summer semester during the program – preferably before or with NURS 738.

Some courses have co-requisites or prerequisites:

NURS 736 co- or prerequisite: NRSG 790

NURS 737 prerequisites: NURS 736, NURS 786, NRSG 790, NRSG 795

NURS 738 prerequisites: NURS 736, NURS 737, NURS 785, NRSG 790, NRSG 795, NURS 690, NRSG780, NRSG782

NURS 738 co-requisites: NURS 691, NURS 784

Sample Plans of Study

For Students Admitted Spring 2014

For Students Admitted Fall 2014 and Later

For Students Admitted Prior to Spring 2014

Tuition: Academic Common Market

The nursing informatics MS specialty participates in the Academic Common Market, meaning that students who reside in member states of the Southern Regional Education Board may request to pay in-state tuition if there is no nursing informatics program offered in a public university in their home state.

Faculty

Eun-Shim Nahm, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor

Eun-Shim Nahm, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and program director, conducts research in geroinformatics, developing and evaluating technology-based interventions for the management of the health of aging adults and their caregivers. She has conducted various studies in this field, including qualitative, measurement, theory testing, and usability studies, as well as developing and implementing online interventions using various Web components. Dr. Nahm has received multiple grant awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She is currently principal investigator for an R01 study, “Dissemination of a Theory-Based Bone Health Program in Online Communities” (08/2009–05/2013), funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research. She has published more than 35 peer reviewed journal articles and four book chapters in the field of nursing informatics. Dr. Nahm has mentored multiple doctoral students and teaches graduate level informatics courses.

Arpad Kelemen, PhD, Associate Professor

Arpad Kelemen, PhD, associate professor, has expertise in biomedical informatics; EHR and health care database development, optimization, and evaluation; health care software and game development; human-computer interaction; intelligent patient care technologies with artificial intelligence; and data mining of large health care data. Dr. Kelemen has published more than 50 peer reviewed papers and two books, Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics and Computational Intelligence in Medical Informatics. He was principal investigator on a HRSA grant, "Nursing Informatics Program Focused on Diversity and the Underserved.". He has received funding from NSF, NIH, NYSTAR, and the U.S. Navy. He developed a large-scale intelligent software agent for human-like decision-making for the job assignment and job satisfaction problem. He develops models, algorithms, and intelligent systems for large-scale biomedical data, including health care, genomic, and clinical data. He currently leads the development of educational and patient-centered online health care games.

Mary Regan, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor

Mary Regan, PhD, RN, assistant professor, has a federally funded program of research rooted in human factors, more specifically the effect that health care technologies have on nursing practice. Her current area of interest is the influence that nursing care has on the utilization of cesarean sections, but she has also conducted several studies about simulation and its effect on clinical reasoning in undergraduate nursing education. She has pioneered the use of projective research methods in nursing education and is currently the principal investigator on a grant funded by the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development.  She has published more than 10 peer reviewed journal articles and one book chapter in the field of clinical reasoning and human factors.

Charlotte Seckman, PhD, RN-BC, Assistant Professor

Charlotte Seckman, PhD, RN-BC, assistant professor, is a board certified informatics nurse with a research background focused on translating evidence into health care practices; exploring design efficiencies in computerized provider order entry; evaluating the usability of the electronic medical record to include system implementation, training, and user satisfaction; and developing community and cognitive engagement techniques related to Web-based learning modalities. Dr. Seckman is currently working in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine to develop, refine, and evaluate an evidence-based practice system called EBP InfoBot. This system is designed for automatic searching and delivery of patient-specific information from evidence-based  resources that directly integrate with an electronic medical record.

Nancy Staggers, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor

Nancy Staggers, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, has an extensive background in clinical informatics, from determining user requirements to application prototyping, system selection, large systems implementation, and enterprise system evaluation. She has held various executive positions, including associate CIO, Information Technology Services for the Health Sciences Center at the University of Utah; program director for ECIS, Catholic Healthcare West; and director for corporate informatics at the U.S. Department of Defense. Dr. Staggers’ area of research is human-computer interaction and interface design in health care applications. She has completed a number of studies related to the optimal design of applications for nurses. Her most recent research is on cognitive support for nurses and patients for handoffs in medical and surgical units. She is co-investigator on a Veterans Administration grant to examine how nurses detect and monitor acute mental status changes in patients.

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