Nursing Issues, Informatics and Technology – NURS 521

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course prepares students for the rapidly evolving world of health care by addressing topics affecting practice and issues facing future nurse leaders and educators. Changing reimbursement models and their effect on nursing practice will be discussed. Topics related to technology such as tele-health and nursing informatics will be examined. Quality improvement, patient safety, and other topics relevant to contemporary nursing will be explored.


(NURS 501 and BSN Met with a score of 3 and Hlth Assessment Met (NURS 210) with a score of 3) or (NURS 501 and Hlth Assessment Met (NURS 210) with a score of 3 and Research Met (NURS 225) with a score of 3 and Community Met (NURS 440) with a score of 3 and Ldr Management Met (NURS 490) with a score of 3 and Population Hlth Met (NURS 445) with a score of 3 and Nrs Management Met (NURS 491) with a score of 3)


This course provides information needed by today’s advanced practice nurse related to technology and changes in health care delivery. The course helps meet standards of graduate-level nursing education as articulated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the relationship of changing reimbursement models and the delivery of nursing care.
  2. Describe the role of informatics related to patient safety, community/population health, and nursing education.
  3. Discuss care delivery formats utilizing informatics applications such as the electronic health record and tele-health.
  4. Apply principles of quality improvement and patient safety measures to various populations.
  5. Analyze ethical/legal issues related to changing reimbursement models and technology in health care from a Christian worldview.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forum (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will complete 2 Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. Each forum will require a thread of at least 500 words in response to the prompt provided. The student must then post 2 replies to classmates’ threads of at least 250 words each.

Position Paper

The student will complete a Position Paper dealing with healthcare and social media. The paper will be 3–5 pages, formatted in current APA style, include a title and reference page (not included in required page count), and incorporate a minimum of 2 scholarly resources.

Informatics Paper

The student will complete 2 papers that will be interrelated parts of this assignment. Each paper must be 5–8 pages, formatted in current APA style, include a title and reference page (not included in required page count), and incorporate a minimum of 5 scholarly resources.

Part 1

The student will be introduced to a critical situation he or she must assess. Each student will choose 1 situation to assess, but will have 3 different options from which to choose. The student will identify the role of informatics in his or her assessment. This will require each student to bring in research to support his or her assessment.

Part 2

Building from his or her assessment in Part 1, the student will devise a plan of action in a care delivery format utilizing informatics applications to write an implementation policy.

Exams (3)

The student will complete 3 exams throughout this course. Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 45 multiple-choice questions and 1 short essay question, and have a 2-hour time limit. If the student exceeds the time limit, 1 point will be deducted for every 5 minutes he or she exceeds the allotted timeframe.