Nursing Informatics

I.     Course Prefix/Number: NUR 155

       Course Name: Nursing Informatics

       Credits: 1 (1 lecture; 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 and Student Conduct

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.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Unit 1 - Nursing Informatics
    1. Definition
    2. Advantages and disadvantages
    3. Ethical issues
    4. Legal issues
  2. Unit 2 - Computer Overview
    1. Hardware
    2. Software
    3. Ergonomics
  3. Unit 3 - Nursing/Health Information Systems
    1. Patient Care Documentation
    2. Patient Classification Systems
    3. Patient Monitoring Systems
  4. 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
  5. Unit 5 - Software Applications in Nursing
    1. Word processing
      1. Term papers
      2. Care plans
      3. Patient teaching materials
    2. Project presentation
      1. Patient education
      2. Professional presentations
    3. Nursing education
      1. Computer assisted instruction
      2. Distance learning

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Computer Assignments
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

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 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
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.