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Online · School of Nursing · Nursing

Nursing Issues, Informatics and Technology

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 07/28/2020

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.



(NURS 501 and BSN Met with a score of 3 and Hlth Assessment Met (NURS 210) with a score of 3) or (NURS 501 and Hlth Assessment Met (NURS 210) with a score of 3 and Research Met (NURS 225) with a score of 3 and Community Met (NURS 440) with a score of 3 and Ldr Management Met (NURS 490) with a score of 3 and Population Hlth Met (NURS 445) with a score of 3 and Nrs Management Met (NURS 491) with a score of 3)


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).

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the relationship of changing reimbursement models and the delivery of nursing care.
  2. Describe the role of informatics related to patient safety, community/population health, and nursing education.
  3. Discuss care delivery formats utilizing informatics applications such as the electronic health record and tele-health.
  4. Apply principles of quality improvement and patient safety measures to various populations.
  5. Analyze ethical/legal issues related to changing reimbursement models and technology in health care from a Christian worldview.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchase

Nelson, R., & Staggers, N. (2018). Health informatics: An interprofessional approach (2nd ed). St. Louis, MO: Mosby. ISBN: 9780323402316.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Recommended Resource

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Current ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Additional Materials for Learning 

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Word and Outlook

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forum (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the 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.

Position Paper

The student will complete a Position Paper dealing with 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.

Informatics Paper

The student will complete 2 papers that will be interrelated parts of this assignment. 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.

Part 1

The student will be introduced to a critical situation he or she must assess. Each student will choose 1 situation to assess, but will have 3 different options from which to choose. The student will identify the role of informatics in his or her assessment. This will require each student to bring in research to support his or her assessment.

Part 2

Building from his or her assessment in Part 1, the student will devise a plan of action in a care delivery format utilizing informatics applications to write an implementation policy.

Exams (3)

The student will complete 3 exams throughout this course. Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each exam 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 he or she exceeds the allotted timeframe.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Discussion Board (2 at 100 pts ea)


Position Paper


Informatics Papers

Part 1


Part 2


Exams (3 at 100 pts ea)





Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at


NURS 521

Textbook: Nelson & Staggers, Health Informatics: An Interprofessional Approach (2018).


Reading & Study




Nelson & Staggers: chs. 1–4

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1





Nelson & Staggers: chs. 5–11

1 presentation

Exam 1



Nelson & Staggers: chs. 12–15

1 presentation

Position Paper



Nelson & Staggers: chs. 16–20

1 presentation

Informatics Paper – Part 1



Nelson & Staggers: chs. 21–24, 26

1 presentation

Exam 2



Nelson & Staggers: chs. 25, 27–29

1 presentation

1 website

DB Forum 2



Nelson & Staggers: chs. 30–33

1 presentation

1 website

Informatics Paper – Part 2



Nelson & Staggers: chs. 34–36

1 presentation

Exam 3




DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course module/week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.