About the Nursing Informatics Program
The American Sentinel MSN, nursing informatics specialization, prepares experienced nurses to manage health information systems critical to the mission of health care delivery systems. Nurses will develop expertise in clinical and administrative systems, data management and data mining for improved patient care, and information systems project management.
The nursing informatics degree emphasizes understanding the infrastructure necessary to improve practice while safeguarding the security and privacy of data. Graduates will be prepared to assume critical roles managing health information systems in ambulatory, acute and long-term care settings, as well as the public health environment.
Students graduating with American Sentinel’s CCNE-accredited MSN, nursing informatics specialization, complete 36 credit hours of course work. Students may be eligible to transfer up to 18 credit hours from previous graduate study.
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Our rigorous curriculum covers a breadth of issues in nursing and health care, giving nurses the foundation and skills to expand their practice. Here are a few of the MSN degree program’s key courses:
- Diverse Populations in Health Care (N510): Students select a country and do an intensive study of the country’s economic and social climate and other factors that contribute to the country’s health status, including the influence of culture, women’s status and disease. Emphasizes the global nature of health care.
- Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care Management (N550): Examines current case law as well as contemporary ethical issues in nursing practice, such as genomics and stem cell research, and end-of-life issues.
- Health Care Systems (N500): Discusses health care delivery systems and emerging models such as the movement toward accountable care organizations, as guided by the Department of Health and Human Services.
- Information Security and Privacy in Healthcare Environments (IS555): Explores the technical and physical requirements for secure information storage, processing and retrieval in health care enterprises. Focuses on legal and regulatory issues unique to health care environments.
- Clinical and Administrative Systems (N508): Covers clinical information collection, processing, recording and use to support decision-making in health care environments.
- Project and Change Management (IS550): Examines the knowledge sets, skills, tools and techniques of managing projects, with an emphasis on how project management contributes to the strategic goals of an organization. Topics include strategic management process, project planning, evaluating project risk, resource scheduling, project management structures and project team and partner management issues.
The nursing programs at American Sentinel University contain practice experiences. This is done to meet the accreditor requirement that RN to BSN, RN to MSN, MSN or DNP programs include practice experiences in the curricula to enable students to achieve the required educational competencies (AACN White Paper, Oct. 2012; DNP Essentials for Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice, 2006; ACEN 2013 Standards). These practice experiences have specific objectives, expected outcomes and competencies.
Practice experiences are not like the clinical experiences you completed to obtain your degree as a registered nurse. Practice experiences do not involve hands-on patient care. They are designed to provide you with the opportunity to apply the concepts and knowledge you learn in the nursing courses.
Nursing Informatics Specialization Learning Outcomes
Graduates of master’s in nursing informatics, will be able to:
- Utilize health care informatics in health care agencies and institutions.
- Evaluate the tools that acquire, process and report clinical and financial information.
- Demonstrate data mining skills using algorithms and other analytical methods that identify key business processes and target opportunities in patient safety.
- Develop a detailed project management plan for evaluating, contracting, and implementing new technologies in health care organizations.
TAKE THE NEXT STEP TOWARD SUCCESS
Completion of the MSN, nursing informatics specialization, requires 36 credit hours. Students may be eligible to transfer up to 18 credit hours from previous graduate study.
|REQUIRED COURSES (36 credit hours)|
|Core Courses (18 credit hours)|
|N501 Advanced Practice Role Development||3|
|N505PE Theoretical Foundations||3|
|N512 Advanced Pathophysiology||3|
|N515PE Research Design||3|
|N521 Advanced Pharmacology||3|
|N522PE Advanced Physical Assessment||3|
|Nursing Informatics Specialization (18 credit hours)|
|N508PE Clinical and Administrative Systems||3|
|N535PE Health Care Informatics||3|
|BUSI510 Data Mining||3|
|IS550 Project and Change Management||3|
|IS555 Information Security and Privacy in Health Care Environments||3|
|N555IPE Informatics Capstone||3|
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Nurse Manager Applies Informatics Course Work to Improve His Hospital
After serving four years active duty in the Army and two years in the National Guard, Warren earned his associate degree in nursing in 1990. “My mom was a nursing assistant her entire career, so I was drawn to it,” says Warren. “I took a health sciences class, and a couple of professors told me I had a knack for it.” In 2006, Warren earned his BSN, but he always had his sights set on an MSN. >> Read full story
Floor Nurse Uses MSN Course Work to Empower Staff
Using change management skills he gained from his online MSN studies at American Sentinel, Chris Kowal, RN, BSN, was able to identify a more appropriate pain assessment tool for his hospital’s critical care unit and design a pilot program to study its effectiveness. The results were remarkable. “I was able to better manage patients’ pain and get them out of the ICU more quickly,” Chris says. “And the new tool improved productivity at the same time. Thanks in part to Chris’s help, the ICU unit earned the coveted Beacon Award. The Journal of the New York State Nurses Association published an article Chris wrote documenting his success with the program. >> Read full story
Career Opportunities in Nursing
As a clinical nurse specialist, you could go into education or consulting in a health care setting. As a certified nurse anesthetist, you could work with patients and doctors to prepare patients for surgery and treat them afterward. And as a certified nurse midwife, you could work with babies and expectant mothers. MSN graduates may also choose to move out of the clinical practice setting and work in administration.
In today's rapidly changing, highly technological health care environment, nurses with a nursing informatics background and education are more valuable than ever. Nursing informatics involves the integration of information and data to support nurses and other health care professionals. American Sentinel's nursing informatics degree teaches nurses to use information technology to streamline their processes around documentation and record keeping, ultimately improving the patient experience.
The American Sentinel distance nursing degree program will prepare you to advance your nursing career with an MSN degree. Learn more about advancing your nursing career in American Sentinel’s nursing chat series with NurseTogether.com.
Job Outlook for Nursing
Today, there is a call for more highly educated nurses capable of expanded roles, from community care to acute care. RNs with an MSN degree should have excellent job prospects, including in accountable care organizations, long-term acute care, health informatics and infection prevention and control. Learn more about the Bureau of Labor Statistics outlook for nurses.