I. Course Prefix/Number: NUR 155
Course Name: Nursing Informatics
Credits: 1(1lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
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 and Student Conduct
• 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.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
A. Unit 1 - Nursing Informatics
2. Advantages and disadvantages
3. Ethical issues
4. Legal issues
B. Unit 2 - Computer Overview
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
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
Homework: Computer assignments
Quizzes: Periodic Quizzes
Computer Enhanced Class Presentation
IX. Instructional Materials
Selected by course faculty
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
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 is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.