Fall 2021

NURS 6315-001 Informatics and Health Care Technologies

All students are responsible for checking their UTHSCSA Livemail account regularly (i.e., daily or several times every week) to obtain Official University Communication regarding their courses, program and student status.

Students are expected to follow all policies related to COVID-19 found on the university webpage: https://wp.uthscsa.edu/coronavirus/.

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

First class is Face to Face on Campus Room SON 1.207, on Tuesday August 24, from 9:00 - 11:50 AM.

Please mark your calendarWe will meet every Tuesday from 9:00 - 11:50 AM starting August 24 until December 7th. 

The First Class is on Campus. All other classes are online via Canvas videoconferencing.

Attendance of all videoconferences is expected and is part of successful completion of this class.


Azizeh Sowan, PhD, RN, MSN, MSDA, MBA, FAAN 

Office: SON 2.628

Office Hours: By appointment, including phone conferences, video conferencing and on campus face-to-face meetings (when possible based on COVID-related policies). 

Office Phone: (210) 567-5799

Email: sowan@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 assignments, group projects, presentations, and discussion. Please refer to course calendar posted on Canvas for details on due dates and total points. 

100 Points - Total 

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 7th 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.


All required readings are posted within each module in Canvas.


These are all recommended textbooks. 






McGonigle, D. & Mastrian, K. G. (2022)

Nursing informatics and the foundation of knowledge 

Jones & Bartlett Learning 


Print ISBN: 9781284220469, 128422046X

eText ISBN: 9781284234701, 1284234703

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


·      Introduction to nursing and health informatics

·      Theoretical models in nursing and health informatics  

·      Informatics competencies  

·      Current trends in nursing and health informatics 

·      Legal and ethical aspects in informatics 

·      Technology and consumerization in healthcare 

·      Analysis and improvement of IT-based business processes 

·      Optimization of healthcare information systems for patient safety 

·      Project management tools for IT systems improvement  

·      Healthcare information management 

·      Monitoring systems and quality indicators  

CALENDAR - 1st Day Only

Please check the schedule for recent updates on Class Dates & Room.

First class is Face to Face on Campus Room SON 1.207, on Tuesday August 24, from 9:00 - 11:50 AM.

Second class is online via Canvas videoconferencing on Tuesday August 31, from 9:00 - 11:50 AM.

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