Nursing Issues, Informatics and Technology – NURS 521

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

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.

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


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).

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 the Course Overview.

Discussion Assignments (2)

Discussion assignments are collaborative learning experiences. Each 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.

Measurable Learning Outcomes; A, E; MSN PLO 6, 14, 16; MSN Essentials II, III, V; ANA Standard (Informatics) 1, 2, 7

Healthcare and Social Media Assignment

The student will complete a paper regarding 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.

Measurable Learning Outcomes; B, E; MSN PLO 5, 6, 16; MSN Essentials V; ANA Standard (Informatics) 1, 2, 7

Informatics Program Assignments

The student will complete two Informatics Program papers. 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.

Informatics Program: Needs Assessment Assignment

The student will select a program-type (telehealth, EHR, or simulation) on which to base their work for the Informatics Program Assignments. The student will integrate a theoretical framework, describe a needs assessment, and identify the role of the informatics nurse in relation to the program-type selected.  

Informatics Program: Implementation Plan Assignment

Building on the needs assessment, the student will devise a program implementation plan which incorporates QSEN graduate-level competencies, health IT policies, ethical considerations, and organizational benefits of the program.

Measurable Learning Outcomes; B, C, D; MSN PLO 5, 14, 16; MSN Essentials I, V; ANA Standard (Informatics) 1, 2, 7, 10, 15, 16

Quizzes (3)

The student will complete 3 quizzes throughout this course. Quizzes will cover course Learn material. Each quiz 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 beyond the time limit.

Measurable Learning Outcomes; A, B, C, D; MSN PLO 14,16; MSN Essentials V; ANA Standard (Informatics) 10, 15, 16