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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - NGR7874

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2014-12-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): The course description, objectives, learning outcomes, and major topics have all been updated. The rationale is listed below: Revised wording to improve clarity and precision and to improve alignment of relevant language in the syllabus, the DNP Essentials, and the Graduate QSEN documents. Revised objectives to improve alignment with the competencies described in the DNP Essentials and QSEN Competencies documents Revised outcomes to improve clarity and precision and to improve alignment with relevant DNP Essential and QSEN Graduate competency statements.
Comments: recd post 3/1. To Chair; o Chair. Apprd 5/19/14. to USF Sys 5/20/14. to SCNS 5/28/14. Apprd eff 12/1/14

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    4987 2014-03-05
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Nursing NR 620100020
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Dewel Lindsey 8133969978

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    NGR 7874 Informatics and Patient Care Technology

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times?

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Informatics & Pt Care Tech
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    B - Face-to-face and online (separate sections) 10



    Course Description

    Provides the knowledge and skills needed to prepare nurse leaders to use information systems and patient care technology to implement quality improvement initiatives and support practice and administrative decision making.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Needed for accreditation

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    Required for DNP students (about 20 per year)

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Experience with current topics in Informatics

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    During this course, the student will have the opportunity to

    1. Evaluate systems that monitor and assess outcomes of care and quality

    improvement including consumer use of health care information systems.

    2. Analyze critical elements necessary for the selection, use and evaluation

    of health care systems and patient care technology.

    3. Develop an evaluation plan using a conceptual framework that guides

    selection of data,specifically, variables, indicators and outcome measures

    from a practice or national data system.

    4. Explore an area of interest related to digital health which may include role

    development, implementation of innovations, mHealth, virtual platforms or


    5. Examine ethical and legal issues within the healthcare systems relating to

    the use of information, information technology, communication networks,

    and patient care technology.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of NGR 7874 students will be able to:

    1. Use appropriate information systems/technology to evaluate programs of

    care, patient outcomes, and care systems.

    2. Analyze critical elements necessary for the selection, use and evaluation of

    health care systems and patient care technology.

    3. Execute an evaluation plan using a conceptual framework that guides

    selection of data, specifically, variables of interest, indicators and outcome

    measures from a practice or national data system.

    4. Discuss innovations in digital health.

    5. Discuss ethical and legal issues within healthcare systems relating to the use

    of information, technology, communication networks, and patient care


    C. Major Topics

    1. Application of Health Informatics to Practice

    2. Informatics Theory and Conceptual Frameworks

    3. Introduction to Informatics Systems and Database Design

    4. Digital Health Innovation, Including Mobile Health and Point of Care


    5. Electronic Health Record / Personal Health Record / Interoperability

    6. Decision Support / Evaluation of Decision Support Systems

    7. Informatics – Security, Safety, Quality, & Patient Centered Care

    8. Regulation / Incentive Programs

    9. Legal and Ethical Issues Related to Healthcare Informatics

    10. Evaluation of Consumer Health Information

    11. Evaluation of Practice Information Systems and Databases

    12. Data Extraction from Practice Information Systems

    13. Evaluation of Large Comprehensive Multisource Databases

    14. Data Extraction from Large Comprehensive Multisource Databases

    15. Analytics / Dashboards / Reporting – Evaluation of Outcomes

    16. Evaluation Plan Development and Execution

    D. Textbooks

    Hebda, T.L. & Czar, P. (2012). Handbook of Informatics for Nurses & Healthcare

    Professionals (5th Ed). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Papers, presentations, discussions

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Papers, presentations, discussions

    H. Attendance Policy

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports


  5. Course Concurrence Information

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