Nursing Informatics Capstone – NURS 636

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 06/02/2022

Course Description

This capstone course will provide the graduate student with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the core competencies of the nursing informatics field (ANA, 2015) through identification of a problem, issue, or need in professional practice. A community assessment will be performed to identify the problem, issue or need at hand. Through consultation with their professor, the graduate student will then create an evidence-based project, to address this area of need through synthesis of advanced knowledge and skills, resulting in a nursing informatics deliverable as a means to foster improved outcomes.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This course will allow the student to cumulate the knowledge learned throughout the program into the development of a comprehensive capstone project. The capstone project will incorporate theory and practice-related knowledge to Nursing Informatics. This course helps meet the standards of graduate-level nursing education as articulated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the American Nurses Association’s Scope and Standards of Practice for Nursing Informatics.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyze the importance of the Foundation of Knowledge Model to nursing informatics. (PLO 1, 14; Essential I, IV)
  2. Analyze the impact of data, information, and knowledge within the context of nursing informatics on patient care delivery. (PLO 3, 16; Essential III, V, VIII, IX)
  3. Apply technology tools to the acquisition, analysis, and dissemination of knowledge. (PLO 5, 14; Essential V)
  4. Evaluate the electronic health record (EHR) and its impact on patient care delivery. (PLO 5, 14; Essential V)
  5. Identify the key role of clinicians in the design, selection, implementation, and evaluation of applications/systems in health care. (PLO 4, 7, 15; Essential II, VII, IX)
  6. Identify professional communication strategies for the purpose of collaboration, acquisition, analysis, and dissemination of knowledge through the use of technology. (PLO 4, 7, 15; Essential II, VII)
  7. Integrate legal, ethical, and regulatory compliance in professional nursing informatics from a Christian worldview. (PLO 6, 16; Essential IV, V IX)
  8. Utilize evidence and best practices to execute the delivery of nursing and healthcare services. (PLO 16; Essential III, IV, VIII, IX)

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to submit a thread in response to the provided prompt. The thread must be at least 500 words with 1–3 scholarly source(s) to support the student’s response along with the integration of at least 2 biblical principles and/or Scripture. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 250 words. The student must support each thread and reply with 1–2 citation(s) in APA current edition. (MLO 1, 2, 4, 7, 8)

The purpose of this assignment is to integrate clinical knowledge and research with practices that impact patient care, delivery and outcomes through the use of nursing informatics. This Evidence-Based Project will be completed in 4 parts: (MLO 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8)

Discovery Assignment

The student must submit a 3–5-page, in current edition of APA-formatted synopsis of: the chosen topic, identified problem and impact on patient care, delivery and/or outcomes as it relates to nursing informatics from the INFO 668 project. The synopsis must include project rationale and key stakeholders and identify how this project reflects one of the following: QSEN KSA Graduate standards, NDNQI Quality standards, Meaningful Use criteria, and/or the CMS Quality Initiatives. The student must include a properly formatted title page and a minimum of 5 scholarly resources published within the last 5 years.

Literature Summary Assignment

The student will submit a 3–5-page, in the current edition of APA-formatted synthesis of the literature supporting the discovery of knowledge in Part 1 of the Evidence-Based Project. The student must include 8–10 peer-reviewed references published within the last 5 years in a properly formatted reference page along with proper integration into the content of the literature synthesis.

Translation, Integration, and Evaluation Assignment

The student will submit a 3–5-page, in the current edition of APA-formatted paper that determines if a policy, procedure, and/or protocol needs to be developed or changed based on the research. Once this has been determined, the student will discuss how this change will occur along with practice integration of the change and how the change will be evaluated moving forward. The student must include a properly formatted title page and a minimum of 5 scholarly resources published within the last 5 years.

Poster Presentation Assignment

The student will create a digital poster presentation utilizing the Graduate Poster Template representing the Evidence-Based Project. The section titles and the Liberty University background must not be removed, but the color, font, size, and placement of all content is entirely up to the student. Sections include abstract; knowledge discovery; evidence summary; translation, integration and evaluation; implication for future research; references and visuals to represent the information within the project. The student can view the following tutorial to see how to add text to the poster:

The student must develop goals and objectives to provide a framework for the practicum experience. The basis of goals and objectives is the American Nurses Association’s Scope and Standards of Practice for Nursing Informatics.

Goals and objectives should be shared with the preceptor for further refining after instructor approval. Goals and objectives can be revised as needed during the practicum experience with input from the preceptor and course instructor.

Please submit an updated copy of your goals and objectives indicating if the goals and objectives are met, not met or in progress with an anticipated date of completion. (MLO 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8)

The Nursing Informatics Analysis Assignment will require the student to analyze the different roles in nursing informatics. The properly formatted, current edition of APA 5–7-page paper will include a summary of 3 researched job descriptions with position title, experience, required education, certification, and required competencies. The student will summarize the above criteria into a visual representation within the narrative showing the comparisons. The student will also choose one of the job descriptions, further discuss the role, and integrate appropriately the relevant functional areas and scope and standards of practice for nursing informatics. The student will include a formatted title page and reference page with a minimum of 5 articles that have been published within the last 5 years in the current edition of APA.  (MLO 5, 8)

The student will complete the professional portfolio in two separate submissions through Typhon. (MLO 2, 5, 7, 8)

Goals and Development Assignment

The student must submit professional goals and steps that will be taken to achieve these goals. In addition, the student will list in chronological order the professional development achieved in the last 5 years. Evaluation of this assignment will be based on quality as prescribed by the grading rubric. 

Service and Supporting Artifacts Assignment

The student must submit a list of professional, community and faith community services along with four different supporting artifacts. 

The Typhon Log is the documentation of the 200-hour practice experience. These hours may be completed in a setting of the student’s choosing with instructor approval. All documentation will occur in Typhon. Instructions for setting up Typhon are found in the MSN Handbook. The log must be comprehensive in details related to the experiences in the field and reflective of the American Nurses Association’s Scope and Standards of Practice for Nurse Informatics competencies. The discussion must be in-depth and analytical. It must also include examples of how the student has applied the ANA competencies and readings from the textbooks and professional literature in the practicum setting. Any citations must be provided the current edition of APA format. (MLO 6, 7, 8)