Spring 2018

NURS 6315-002 Informatics and Health Care Technologies

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NOTE: Our campus has enabled the CANVAS MOBILE LEARN application. CANVAS tools such as discussions, quizzes or videos May or May NOT function on all mobile devices. This is because mobile devices are available with rapidly changing and different configurations. Hence, students must not depend on only a mobile device to access course materials. Students must have access to a laptop or desktop device to access course materials and complete assignments.

This course is Web Enhanced with WebCT icon
Please be sure to check the Current Computer Requirements

Monday, January 8, on campus 1:00 AM- 3:50 AM, Room: 3.301 ALTC. Purpose: Class Orientation -be prepared to discuss Informatics Competencies for Every Practicing Nurse, your assessment for your competencies, the Nursing Informatics Scope and Standards of practice (check Canvas). Review Canvas prior to the first day of class and check for class assignments. Always view the posted class-calendar to follow up on all learning activities for each module. Bring your personal computer. 

Video conference via Canvas: Due 1/29 this is a video conference via Canvas session from 1: 00 - 1:30 pm. Online attendance is expected. This is a Q/A session to provide extra guidance onthe IT reengineering project and phase 1 of the project. 

Video conference via Canvas: Due 2/19 this is a video conference via Canvas session from 1: 00 - 1:30 pm. Online attendance is expected. This is a Q/A session to provide extra guidance on the IT reengineering project and phase 2 and 3 of the project. 


Monday, March 5, on campus 1:00 AM- 3:50 AM, Room: 3.301 ALTC. Purpose: discussion of IT Business Process Reengineering project and application on workflow modeling and swim lane. Bring your personal computer. See Canvas for instructions and preparation for this class. We will apply phases 4 and 5 of the IT project. 

Video conference via Canvas: Due 3/26 this is a video conference via Canvas session from 1: 00 - 1:30 pm. Online attendance is expected. This is a Q/A session to provide extra guidance on the project and phase 6 of the project. 


Angela Ross, DNP, MPH, PMP, PHCNS-BC
Office#: TBA

Office Hours: By appointment (Phone and video conferencing and face-to-face on-campus meetings)
Office Phone: (713) 500-3991 

School of Nursing
Email: rossaa@uthscsa.edu 


This course addresses advanced leadership roles in the clinical setting related to information systems and patient care technology.  The content focuses on information systems that assist in monitoring outcomes and quality improvement, patient safety, and evaluation and selection of patient care technology and consumer health information sources.  Legal and ethical issues related to information systems and patient care technology will be explored.


Credit Hour Allocation: 3 semester credit hours
Clock Hour Allocation: 45 hours class


Graduate standing


Upon completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program students will:

  1. Integrate nursing science, ethics, biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sources to provide the highest level of specialty nursing practices.
  2. Develop, implement, and evaluate healthcare practices in healthcare systems that ensure quality improvement and patient safety.
  3. Use analytic methods and evidence based practices to improve practice outcomes and the practice environment.
  4. Implement and evaluate ethical healthcare information systems and patient care technology to improve the quality of patient health outcomes and care systems.
  5. Advocate for healthcare practices that advance social justice, equity, and ethical policies within all healthcare arenas.
  6. Employ interprofessional collaborative teams to improve patient and population health outcomes and healthcare delivery systems.
  7. Lead the integration and institutionalization of (evidence based) clinical prevention and population based health guidelines.
  8. Use clinical judgment, systems thinking, accountability, and specialized knowledge to design, deliver, and evaluate evidence based, culturally proficient care to improve patient, population, and health systems outcomes.


  1. Design, select, use, and evaluate programs that evaluate and monitor outcomes of care, care systems, and quality improvement including consumer use of healthcare information. [Essentials III, V, VIII]
  2. Analyze and communicate critical elements necessary to the selection, use, and evaluation of healthcare information systems and patient care technology. [Essentials III, V, VIII]
  3. Utilize information from databases for IT systems improvements.
  4. Provide leadership in the evaluation and resolution of ethical and legal issues within healthcare systems relating to the use of information, information technology, communication networks, and patient care technology. [Essentials II, III, V]
  5. Evaluate consumer health information sources for accuracy, timeliness, and appropriateness. [Essentials V, IX]


A = 4 points (90-100)
B = 3 points (80-89)
C = 2 points (75-79)
D = 1 point (66-74)
F = 0 points (65 or below)


Grade Points:

Learning activities include small assignments, projects, digital-poster presentation, and online discussion. Please refer to course calendar posted on Canvas for details on due dates and total points. 

100 Points - Total 

Grading Point Scale:

A = 90-100; B = 80-89; C = 70-79; D =60-69; F = Below 60 

Late Assignments:

Students are required to submit all assignment on time. If there are issues, students are required to make arrangements with the professor prior to submitting any late assignments. There are penalties for late assignments. Check Canvas for guidelines.


Please read your assignment instructions carefully and check rubrics for evaluation criteria that are posted on Canvas. 


Attendance in class is an expectation of each student.


  1. If written assignments are made in a course they are required.
  2. Students are expected to submit written work on the scheduled date and time.
  3. The student must notify the course coordinator prior to the scheduled due date and time if they are unable to submit the written work as scheduled. Failure to make this notification in advance will result in a "zero" for that written work.
  4. If the excuse is accepted as reasonable and necessary, arrangements will be made for an alternative due date and time.
  5. Each student is responsible for making sure that he or she has completed the written work prior to submission.
  6. Late work will be accepted with consequences as outlined per course syllabi.


The APA Publication Manual 6th edition is required for use in all nursing school programs. 


Students are expected to be above reproach in all scholastic activities. Students who engage in scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and dismissal from the university. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." Regents Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22.


Students who are nurses or are preparing to enter the profession of nursing are expected to treat others with respect and compassion. “The principle of respect for persons extends to all individuals with whom the nurse interacts. The nurse maintains compassionate and caring relationships with colleagues and others with a commitment to the fair treatment of individuals, to integrity-preserving compromise and to resolving conflict. This standard of conduct precludes any and all prejudicial actions, any form of harassment or threatening behavior, or disregard for the effects of one’s actions on others” (American Nurses Association Code for Nurses, Interpretive Statement 1.5).

The students, faculty, Department Chairs, Associate Deans, and the Dean of the School of Nursing of the University Texas Health Science Center San Antonio subscribe to the highest standards of conduct. Our aim is professional behavior beyond reproach. Failure to abide by the signed code of professional conduct may lead to suspension and/or permanent dismissal from the UTHSCSA SON. In particular, we subscribe to the provisions of the Code of Ethics for Nurses (http://bit.ly/1mtD5p2) and the following points of conduct.


School of Nursing Netiquette Guidelines for Online Interaction

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Any student seeking reasonable accommodations through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact either the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services within the first week of the semester or schedule a meeting with the UTHSCSA ADA Compliance Office so that appropriate accommodations may be arranged. A request for accommodations (Form ADA-100: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/form100-Faculty-student-resident.pdf) must be completed and submitted to the Executive Director of the ADA Compliance Office before accommodations can be provided. Additional information can be provided in the Student Success Center, Room 1.118 or through the ADA Compliance Office website: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/request.asp.








McGonigle, D. & Mastrian, K. G. (2015)

Nursing informatics and the foundation of knowledge

Jones & Bartlett Learning


ISBN: 978-1-284-04351-8 


Alec Sharp & Patrick McDermott (2009)

Workflow Modeling: Tools for process improvement and application development.

Artech House


ISBN-13: 978-1596931923


Steven Alter  (2006) 

The work system method: Connecting people, processes, and IT for business results.

Work system Press; Larkspur, CA


ISBN-10: 0-9778497-0-8



All recommended text/reference are available/listed within Canvas modules.


·  Introduction to nursing and health informatics
·  Models in nursing and health informatics 
·  Informatics competencies 
·  Current trends in nursing and health informatics
·  Analysis and improvement of IT business processes
·  Optimization of healthcare information systems for patient safety
·  Legal and ethical aspects in informatics
·  Healthcare information management
·  Technology and consumerization in healthcare
·  Project management tools for IT systems improvement  

CALENDAR - 1st Day Only

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