Offered at South University, Online Programs.
The 21st century nurse informaticist will transform care of patients and communities by optimizing information management and communication. These activities include the design and use of informatics solutions and technology to support all areas of nursing practice, including the direct provision of care, establishing effective administrative systems, designing useful decision support systems, managing and delivering educational experiences, enhancing lifelong learning, and supporting nursing research. The Master of Science in Nursing program with a specialization in Nursing Informatics at South University is designed to prepare the next generation of nursing leaders to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities to develop and implement information management systems in a variety of settings including home health and hospice agencies, nursing homes, public and community health agencies, physician offices, ambulatory care centers, medical device vendors, large and small software companies, web content providers, disease management companies, and government agencies. Students will complete 240 practicum hours during progression through the program.
Program curriculum for the MSN with a specialization in Nursing Informatics includes key attributes from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Masters Education for Advanced Practice Nursing (2011), the Alliance for Nursing Informatics (2010), and the ANA Scope and Standards of Practice (2008). Students completing this program will be eligible to sit for the AACC certification examination.
Graduates should be able to:
- Evaluate information requirements for nursing practice.
- Use principles of database management to collect and analyze the comprehensive data, information, and knowledge pertinent to a situation in nursing practice.
- Use principles of project management to develop and implement a plan that prescribes strategies, alternatives, and recommendations to attain expected nursing informatics outcomes.
- Integrate current theories of technology implementation to influence the identified plan, enhance the abilities of other professionals, and effect change in nursing practice.
- Analyze computer and information technologies for their application to nursing practice.
- Collaborate with professionals in other informatics-related disciplines to develop informatics solutions to nursing problems.
- Develop strategies for introducing, modifying, and evaluating information systems for nursing practice.