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Nursing Informatics

I.     Course Prefix/Number: NUR 155

       Course Name: Nursing Informatics

       Credits: 1(1lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Nursing Chairperson's consent.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces the knowledge and skills necessary for the use of information technology by nurses in relation to patient care, the education of nurses, and clients and health care facility administration. Content includes awareness of legal and ethical issues associated with the use of nursing informatics, as well as exploring information technology related to clinical bedside practice, inpatient and outpatient monitoring, documentation, accessing research findings; education, health promotion; patient teaching, and ergonomics.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion, the student is prepared to:
1.Describe the role of information and information technology in the nursing profession.
2.Discuss the distinction between data, information, and knowledge.
3.Identify the importance of ergonomics in the prevention of health care problems using computers.
4.Describe the ethical and legal responsibilities of the nurse in relation to information systems.
5.Employ healthcare informatics applications designed for clinical practice of nursing in simulated patient care projects.
6.Demonstrate the ability to use technology of the Internet/Web for health care information access, communication and interactivity.

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A.  Unit 1 - Nursing Informatics
1.  Definition
2.  Advantages and disadvantages
3.  Ethical issues
4.  Legal issues

B.  Unit 2 - Computer Overview
1.  Hardware
2.  Software
3.  Ergonomics

C.  Unit 3 - Nursing/Health Information Systems
1.  Patient Care Documentation
2.  Patient Classification Systems
3.  Patient Monitoring Systems

D.  Unit 4 - Web and On-line Resources
1.  Search engines
2.  Electronic Periodical Data Bases
3.  Locating and evaluating information
4.  E-mail and Chat Rooms
5.  Health related web sites

E.  Unit 5 - Software Applications in Nursing
1.  Word processing
      a.  Term papers
      b.  Care plans
      c.  Patient teaching materials
2.  Project presentation
      a.  Patient education
      b.  Professional presentations
3.  Nursing education
      a.  Computer assisted instruction
      b.  Distance learning

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Computer Assignments

VIII. Course Practices Required

Readings: Assigned readings in textbooks and journal articles
Homework: Computer assignments
Quizzes: Periodic Quizzes
Computer Enhanced Class Presentation

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Selected by course faculty

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Computer Assignments
Computer Enhanced Class Presentation

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College recognizes the broad diversity of religious beliefs of its constituencies. The College has embraced a practice of shared responsibility in the event a religious observance interferes with class work or assignments. Students who inform instructors in advance of an intended absence for a major religious observance will not be penalized. The instructor will make reasonable accommodations for students, which may include providing a make up test, altering assignment dates, permitting a student to attend another section of the same course for a class period or similar remedies. Instructors are not responsible for teaching material again. Instructors should inform students of this practice at the beginning of the semester so that arrangements can be made accordingly. Similar consideration is accorded to faculty, staff and administrators and is provided for in their respective contracts.