NR-361: RN Information Systems in Healthcare SYLLABUS

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Course Number:NR-361
Course Title:RN Information Systems in Healthcare
Course Credits:3 Credits (Theory 3)
Prerequisite:NR-351: Transitions in Professional Nursing

Course Description

The focus of this course is the understanding of health information systems to ethically manage data, information, knowledge, and technology to communicate effectively; provide safe and effective patient care; and utilize appropriate databases to search for evidence based on research to enhance the quality of patient care, and inform practice decisions. Development of competencies in using patient care technologies, and information management systems is emphasized.

Clinical Compliance Requirements

All Clinical compliance requirements must be satisfied, and necessary health forms must be on file with the Corporate Clinical Office prior to registration for any clinical course. Failure to comply will result in the student being withdrawn from the class roster. Students not in compliance may be refused entry to class or clinical and will not be excused for any absences. A complete list of these requirements is at under the Clinical section or by contacting [email protected].

Textbooks and Resources

Required Textbooks

The following books are required for this course:

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Hebda, T., & Czar, P. (2013). Handbook of informatics for nurses & healthcare professionals (5th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.

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

Optional Textbooks

The following books are required for this course:

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Program Outcomes

The outcomes for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program are as follows:


Provides individualized comprehensive care based on theories and principles of nursing and related disciplines to individuals, families, aggregates and communities, from entry to the healthcare system through long-term planning.


Demonstrates leadership and collaboration with consumers and other healthcare providers in providing care and/or delegating responsibilities for health promotion, illness prevention, health restoration, health maintenance and rehabilitative activities.


Communicates effectively with patient populations and other healthcare providers in managing the healthcare of individuals, families, aggregates and communities.


Integrates clinical judgment in professional decision making and implementation of the nursing process.


Demonstrates responsibility for continued personal and professional development through enrollment in graduate education, continuing education degree programs, professional reading and participation in professional organizations and community service.


Implements professional nursing standards by practicing within the legal definitions of nursing practice and acts in accordance with the nursing code of ethics and American Nurses Association (ANA) standards of practice.


Practices in established professional roles consistent with entry-level BSN graduates to provide cost-effective, quality healthcare to consumers in structured and unstructured settings.


Incorporates evidence-based practice in the provision of professional nursing care to individuals, families, aggregates and communities.

Course Outcomes

Chamberlain College of Nursing courses are built to align course content with specific Course Outcomes (COs). The COs define the learning objectives that the student will be required to comprehend and demonstrate by course completion. The COs that will be covered in detail each week can be found in the Overview page in that particular week. Whenever possible, a reference will be made from a particular assignment or discussion back to the CO that it emphasizes.

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to do the following.


Describe patient-care technologies as appropriate to address the needs of a diverse patient population. (PO #1)


Analyze data from all relevant sources, including technology, to inform the delivery of care. (PO #2)


Define standardized terminology that reflects nursing’s unique contribution to patient outcomes. (PO #3)


Investigate safeguards and decision-making support tools embedded in patient care technologies and information systems to support a safe practice environment for both patients and healthcare workers. (PO #4)


Identify patient care technologies, information systems, and communication devices that support safe nursing practice. (PO #5)


Discuss the principles of data integrity, professional ethics, and legal requirements related to data security, regulatory requirements, confidentiality, and client’s right to privacy. (PO #6)


Examine the use of information systems to document interventions related to achieving nurse sensitive outcomes. (PO #7)


Discuss the value of best evidence as a driving force to institute change in delivery of nursing care. (PO #8)

Course Schedule

Week, COs, and TopicsReadingsAssignments
Week 1CO 2Informatics in the Healthcare ProfessionsHebda, T., & Czar, P. (2013). Handbook of informatics for nurses & healthcare professionals (5th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.Chapter 1: Informatics in the Healthcare Professions (pp. 1–19)Chapter 3: Ensuring the Quality and Best Use of InformationComplete AACN Essentials Self-Assessment (basis for threaded discussion)Graded Discussion Topic
Week 2CO 1Healthcare Information Systems, Internet, and the WWWHebda, T., & Czar, P. (2013). Handbook of informatics for nurses & healthcare professionals (5th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.Chapter 4: The Internet and the World Wide Web: An Overview (pp. 83–97)Chapter 6: Healthcare Information Systems
Chapter 24: Consumer Education and Informatics (pp. 483–489) 
Article (required) Boudreaux, E. D., Waring, M. E., Hayes, R. B., Sadasivam, R. S., Mullen, S., & Pagoto, S. (2014). Evaluating and selecting mobile health apps: Strategies for healthcare providers and healthcare organizations. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 4(4), 363-371. doi:10.1007/s13142-014-0293-9.  Retrieved from
Website (suggested)National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF). (2015). Roadmap for patient education on electronic health records. Retrieved from
Patient Guide (graded 175 points)Graded Discussion Topic
Week 3CO 8Usability and Interoperability of Health Informatics ApplicationsHebda, T., & Czar, P. (2013). Handbook of informatics for nurses & healthcare professionals (5th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.Chapter 9: Improving the Usability of Health Informatics Applications (pp. 170–175)Chapter 13: System Integration and Interoperability
Chapter 25: Telehealth

Graded Discussion Topic
Week 4CO 4Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and Personal Health Records (PHRs)Hebda, T., & Czar, P. (2013). Handbook of informatics for nurses & healthcare professionals (5th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.Chapter 14: The Electronic Health Record (pp. 275–285)Chapter 16: Personal Health Records
Chapter 20: Regulatory and Reimbursement Issues (pp. 400–403)Chapter 25: Telehealth
Article (required)Murphy, J., (2010). The journey to meaningful use of electronic health records. NURSING ECONOMIC$, 28(4), 283-286. Retrieved from
Article (suggested)Jarousse, L. A. ( 2012). Meaningful use: Lessons from the front. Hospitals & Health Networks, 86(2), 41-48. Retrieved from .
Information Systems Paper (graded 200 points)Graded Discussion Topic
Week 5CO 3Standardized Terminology and Language in InformaticsHebda, T., & Czar, P. (2013). Handbook of informatics for nurses & healthcare professionals (5th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.Chapter 15: The Role of Standardized Terminology and Language in Informatics
Chapter 20: Regulatory and Reimbursement Issues (pp. 387–400)
Website (required)
Website (suggested)Duff, C., Endsley, P., Chau, E., & Morgitan, J. (2012). Standardized nursing languages. National Association of School Nurses. Retrieved from (Click to download the full-text PDF).
Graded Discussion Topic
Week 6COs 6 and 7
Safe Care and Patient Care Technologies
Hebda, T., & Czar, P. (2013). Handbook of informatics for nurses & healthcare professionals (5th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.Chapter 1: Informatics in the Healthcare Professions (pp. 14–19)Article (suggested)Murphy, K. C., Wong, F. L., Martin, L. A., & Edmiston, D. (2009). Ongoing evaluation of ease-of-use and usefulness of wireless tablet computers within an ambulatory care unit. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 143, 459–464. Retrieved from With a Nursing Information Expert (graded 225 points)Graded Discussion Topic
Week 7CO 5Communication Systems, Security and ConfidentialityHebda, T., & Czar, P. (2013). Handbook of informatics for nurses & healthcare professionals (5th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.Chapter 5: Professional Use of Electronic Resources (pp. 108–109)Chapter 12: Information Security and Confidentiality
Chapter 24: Consumer Education and Informatics (pp. 487–492 and 497–500)
Article (suggested)Moore, S. (2012). Pros and cons of using apps in clinical practice. Nursing Management, 19(6), 14–17. Retrieved from
NCSBN (2011). White Paper: A Nurse’s Guide to the Use of Social Media. Retrieved from
Weaver, B., Lindsey, B., & Gitelman, B. (2012). Communication technology and social media: Opportunities and implications for healthcare systems. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 17(3), 3. Retrieved from
Graded Discussion Topic
Week 8CO 8Issues in Healthcare with Informatics Implications and Evidence-Based PracticeHebda, T., & Czar, P. (2013). Handbook of informatics for nurses & healthcare professionals (5th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.Chapter 1: Informatics in the Healthcare Professions (pp. 20–31)
Chapter 27: Evidence-Based Practice and Research (pp. 541–550)
AACN Essentials Self-AssessmentGraded Discussion Topic

Late Assignment Policy

Students are expected to submit assignments by the time they are due. Assignments submitted after the due date and time will receive a deduction of 10% of the total points possible for that assignment for each day the assignment is late. Assignments will be accepted, with penalty as described, up to a maximum of three days late, after which point a zero will be recorded for the assignment.

In the event of an emergency that prevents timely submission of an assignment, students may petition their instructor for a waiver of the late submission grade reduction. The instructor will review the student’s rationale for the request and make a determination based on the merits of the student’s appeal. Consideration of the student’s total course performance to date will be a contributing factor in the determination. Students should continue to attend class, actively participate, and complete other assignments while the appeal is pending.

This Policy applies to assignments that contribute to the numerical calculation of the course letter grade.

Due Dates for Assignments and Exams

Unless otherwise specified, the following applies.

  • Access to the course begins on Sunday at 12:01 a.m. (MT) during preview week.
  • All assignments are to be submitted on or before Sunday at the end of the specified week that they are due by 11:59 p.m. (MT).
  • All quizzes and exams, if applicable in your course, are to be completed on or before Saturday at the end of the specified week that they open by 11:59 p.m.(MT).

Note: In Week 8, for the DNP, MSN, RN-BSN, and Prelicensure BSN, the assignments would be due by Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. MT.

Faculty Grading/Response Schedule

Grades for Discussion will be posted by Tuesday night after the due date, except for grades for Week 8 Discussion, which will be posted by Friday at the end of Week 8. For all other work (papers, projects, etc.), grades will be posted by Friday night after the due date. An announcement will be posted if these deadlines cannot be met.

Faculty will respond to student emails or questions in the Q & A Forum within 48 hours.

Concerns about faculty grading and responsiveness may be sent to the director and the dean of the RN-to-BSN Option by clicking on the Online Administrator’s Message link under Course Home.

Evaluation Methods

The maximum score in this class is 1,000 points. The categories, which contribute to your final grade, are weighted as follows.

Discussions (50 points per topic, one topic per week for Weeks 1-8)400 40%
Patient Guide (Week 2)17517.5%
Information Systems Paper (Week 4)20020%
Interview with a Nursing Information Expert (Week 6)22522.5%
Total Points1,000100%

No extra credit assignments are permitted for any reason.

The course grade is determined by transferring the total number of points possible in the course to a percentage grade. There is no rounding of grades. Percentages of 0.5% or higher are not raised to the next whole number. A final grade of 76% (letter grade C) is required to pass the course.

Letter GradePointsPercentage
A  940–1,00094% to 100%
A- 920–93992% to 93%
B+890–91989% to 91%
B  860–88986% to 88%
B- 840–85984% to 85%
C+810–83981% to 83%
C  760–80976% to 80%
F  759 and below75% and below

Chamberlain College of Nursing students are expected to conduct themselves in an ethical and professional manner. All academic assignments, including papers, exams, projects, and in-class assignments must be the original work of the individual student unless otherwise specified by the instructor. Academic or clinical dishonesty are exceptionally serious offenses and may result in a failing grade on an assignment, failure in the course, or dismissal from the College.

Students agree that by taking this course all required papers, threaded discussions or other written learning activities may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers. Use of the service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the site.

Participation: RN-to-BSN

In discussions, you, as a student, will interact with your instructor and classmates to explore topics related to the content of this course. You will be graded for the following.

1. Attendance

Discussions (graded): Discussions are a critical learning experience in the online classroom. Participation in all discussions is required.

2. Guidelines and Rubric for Discussions

PURPOSE: Threaded discussions are designed to promote dialogue between faculty and students, and students and their peers. In the discussions students:

  • Demonstrate understanding of concepts for the week
  • Integrate scholarly resources
  • Engage in meaningful dialogue with classmates
  • Express opinions clearly and logically, in a professional manner

Participation Requirement: You are required to post a minimum of three (3) times in each graded discussion. These three (3) posts must be on a minimum of two (2) separate days. You must respond to the initial discussion question by 11:59 p.m. MT on Wednesday.

Participation points: It is expected that you will meet the minimum participation requirement described above. If not:

  • You will receive a 10% point deduction in a thread if your response to the initial question is not posted by 11:59 p.m. MT on Wednesday
  • You will also receive a 10% point deduction in a thread if you do not post at least three (3) times in each thread on at least two (2) separate days.

3. Threaded Discussion Guiding Principles

The ideas and beliefs underpinning the threaded discussions (TDs) guide students through engaging dialogues as they achieve the desired learning outcomes/competencies associated with their course in a manner that empowers them to organize, integrate, apply and critically appraise their knowledge to their selected field of practice. The use of TDs provides students with opportunities to contribute level-appropriate knowledge and experience to the topic in a safe, caring, and fluid environment that models professional and social interaction. The TD’s ebb and flow is based upon the composition of student and faculty interaction in the quest for relevant scholarship. Participation in the TDs generates opportunities for students to actively engage in the written ideas of others by carefully reading, researching, reflecting, and responding to the contributions of their peers and course faculty. TDs foster the development of members into a community of learners as they share ideas and inquiries, consider perspectives that may be different from their own, and integrate knowledge from other disciplines.

4. Participation Guidelines

You are required to post a minimum of three (3) times in each graded discussion. These three (3) posts must be on a minimum of two (2) separate days. You must respond to the initial discussion question by 11:59 p.m. MT on Wednesday. Discussions for each week close on Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time (MT). To receive credit for a week’s discussion, students may begin posting no earlier than the Sunday immediately before each week opens. For courses with Week 8 graded discussions, the threads will close on Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. MT. All discussion requirements must be met by that deadline.

5. Grading Rubric

Discussion Criteria A
Outstanding or highest level of performance 
Very good or high level of performance
Competent or satisfactory level of performance
Poor or failing or unsatisfactory level of performance
Answers the initial graded threaded discussion question(s)/topic(s), demonstrating knowledge and understanding of concepts for the week.
16 points
Addresses all aspects of the initial discussion question(s) applying experiences, knowledge, and understanding regarding all weekly concepts.16 pointsAddresses most aspects of the initial discussion question(s) applying experiences, knowledge, and understanding of most of the weekly concepts.14 pointsAddresses some aspects of the initial discussion question(s) applying experiences, knowledge, and understanding of some of the weekly concepts.12 pointsMinimally addresses the initial discussion question(s) or does not address the initial question(s).0 points
Integrates evidence to support discussion. Sources are credited.*
( APA format not required)
12 points
Integrates evidence to support your discussion from:assigned readings** OR online lessons, ANDat least one outside scholarly source.***Sources are credited.*12 pointsIntegrates evidence to support discussion from:assigned readings OR online lesson.Sources are credited.*10 pointsIntegrates evidence to support discussion only from an outside source with no mention of assigned reading or lesson.Sources are credited.*9 pointsDoes not integrate any evidence.0 points
Engages in meaningful dialogue with classmates or instructor before the end of the week.
14 points
Responds to a classmate and/or instructor’s post furthering the dialogue by providing more information and clarification, thereby adding much depth to the discussion.14 pointsResponds to a classmate and/or instructor furthering the dialogue by adding some depth to the discussion.12 pointsResponds to a classmate and/or instructor but does not further the discussion.10 pointsNo response post to another student or instructor.0 points
Communicates in a professional manner.
8 points
Presents information using clear and concise language in an organized manner (minimal errors in English grammar, spelling, syntax, and punctuation).8 pointsPresents information in an organized manner (few errors in English grammar, spelling, syntax, and punctuation).7 pointsPresents information using understandable language but is somewhat disorganized (some errors in English grammar, spelling, syntax, and punctuation).6 pointsPresents information that is not clear, logical, professional or organized to the point that the reader has difficulty understanding the message (numerous errors in English grammar, spelling, syntax, and/or punctuation).0 points
Response to initial question: Responds to initial discussion question(s) by
Wednesday, 11:59 p.m. M.T.
0 points lostStudent posts an answer to the initial discussion question(s) by Wednesday, 11:59 p . m. MT.-5 pointsStudent does not post an answer to the initial discussion question(s) by Wednesday, 11:59 p . m. MT.
Total posts: Participates in the discussion thread at least three times on at least two different days.
0 points lostPosts in the discussion at least three times AND on two different days.-5 pointsPosts fewer than three times OR does not participate on at least two different days.
* Credited means stating where the information came from (specific article, text, or lesson). Examples: Our text discusses…. The information from our lesson states…, Smith (2010) claimed that…, Mary Manners (personal communication, November 17, 2011)…. APA formatting is not required.
** Assigned readings are those listed on the syllabus or assignments page as required reading. This may include text readings, required articles, or required websites.
*** Scholarly source – per the APA Guidelines in Course Resources, only scholarly sources should be used in assignments. These include peer reviewed publications, government reports, or sources written by a professional or scholar in the field. Wikipedia, Wikis, .com website or blogs should not be used as anyone can add to these. For the discussions, reputable internet sources such as websites by government agencies (URL ends in .gov) and respected organizations (often ends in .org) can be counted as scholarly sources. Outside sources do not include assigned required readings.
NOTE: A zero is the lowest score that a student can be assigned.

6. Chamberlain Policies

Students are required to comply with Chamberlain College of Nursing’s academic policies. To access Chamberlain’s policy on academic integrity (and all other Chamberlain policies), please review the information in your Undergraduate Student Handbook, Undergraduate Catalog, and the policies outlined in this course.

The Undergraduate Catalog describes the technical requirements for students. Sufficient technology and Internet access is required to complete Chamberlain College of Nursing online classes. Technical requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Hardware/Software Requirements
    • Supported Operating Systems
    • Productivity Tools (Microsoft Office, VitalSource Bookshelf)
  • Internet Access o Internet Connections
    • Email
    • Supported Browsers
    • Browser Settings
    • Plug-ins
  • Screen Settings
  • Hardware Specifications
    • Computer Internet Security
    • Operating System Updates

Chamberlain College of Nursing is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for eligible students with documented disabilities as defined by state and federal laws relating to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Our intent is to ensure that every student who makes a request for accommodations under ADA is advised of the accommodation process as promptly as possible. If you are a student with a verifiable documented disability, and you can provide medical documentation regarding this disability, then contact our ADA Officer at [email protected] for more information on how to receive ADA accommodations in your online classes or fax your request to 630-596-1651.


The purpose of the Webliography is to provide students with annotated bibliographies of world wide websites relevant to their courses. These websites are not meant to be all inclusive of what is available for each course’s subjects and have not been sanctioned as academically rigorous or scholarly by Chamberlain College of Nursing. Please exercise caution when using these websites for course assignments and references.

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