Nursing Informatics, Certificate

Program Code: NURINF_UCT

Program Description

This 9-credit course series is designed to provide nurses with informatics knowledge and to prepare them to practice in information and technology rich health care environments. Those who complete the certificate will be prepared to assist in the implementation of informatics tools in healthcare environments such as electronic health records, clinical decision support tools, database management and data mining, patient safety technologies such as Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA), RFID technologies and smart pumps. The ethical management of private health information and legislative aspects such as HIPAA and the HITECH act are also included.

What is Nursing Informatics?

Nursing informatics (NI) is the specialty that integrates nursing science with multiple information and analytical sciences to identify, define, manage and communicate data, information, knowledge and wisdom in nursing practice. For many people, NI, and health care informatics in general, are about technology. This is especially true of electronic health records (EHRs) that are required of all care facilities. (Source: American Nurses Association, Nursing Informatics: Scope and Standards of Practice, 2nd Edition, 2015)

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You are interested in increasing your knowledge of health care information technologies to expand and maximize the benefits within your organization, as well as better understand and overcome the barriers that arise with the integration of technology innovations into health care delivery. Enrollment in this certificate also allows Nursing students to gain an additional area of concentration while pursuing the B.S.N. degree.

Program Requirements

To earn an undergraduate certificate in Nursing Informatics, a minimum of 9 credits is required.

Prescribed Courses
NURS 357Introduction to Nursing Informatics3
NURS 458Ethical Challenges in Healthcare Informatics3
NURS 460Advanced Concepts in Clinical Nursing Informatics3

Prerequisites Required.

Certificate Learning Objectives

  • Explore the use of the computer and health care technologies for nursing applications in selected areas of nursing practice.
  • Synthesize an ethical framework for dealing with selected healthcare informatics dilemmas.
  • Discover the competencies, skills, roles, and standards of informatics nursing practice.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

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University Park

Undergraduate Advising Office
210 Nursing Sciences Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-2229
nursing@psu.edu

World Campus

College of Nursing
Undergraduate Advising

201 Nursing Sciences Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-2229
nursing@psu.edu

Schuylkill

Marianne Adam
Nursing Program Coordinator
200 University Drive
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
570-385-6061
mta133@psu.edu

Career Paths

With the development of new technologies and the integration and expansion of these tools throughout all levels of health care, professionals with focused training and experience in Informatics are increasingly essential to health care organizations.

Careers

There is steady job growth of informatics positions in health care. Graduates of the Nursing Informatics Certificate Program obtain positions within various organizations including:

  • hospitals and health care systems
  • public health agencies
  • consulting firms
  • health care product or technology vendors
  • home health agencies
  • managed care or insurance companies
  • government and military health care settings

A comprehensive understanding of information systems and applications is essential for nurses interested or currently working in management and leadership roles in health care.

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Baccalaureate-educated Nurses may want to consider pursuing an advanced nursing degree with a specialization in Nursing Informatics. Professionals with graduate degrees that include the essentials of Nursing Informatics can explore job advancement opportunities as information officers, health systems analysts, IT training managers, and project managers. Nurses with this background are highly competitive for roles in nursing leadership within a variety of health care organizations.

Professional Resources

Contact

University Park

UNDERGRADUATE ADVISING OFFICE
210 Nursing Sciences Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-2229
nursing@psu.edu

https://www.nursing.psu.edu/undergraduate-certificates/

World Campus

COLLEGE OF NURSING
201 Nursing Sciences Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-2242
mun138@psu.edu

https://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/degrees-and-certificates/nursing-informatics-certificate/overview

Schuylkill

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
200 University Drive
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
570-385-6061
mta133@psu.edu

https://schuylkill.psu.edu/academics