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NURS 4220: Informatics and Evidence-Based Practice: Begin Here

Jessica Hayes

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Jessica Hayes

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NURS 4220: Informatics and Evidence-Based Practice

This is an introductory course in nursing informatics with a concentration in evidence-based nursing
practice. Nursing application of information and computing technology will be combined to provide
focus on the identification of practice issues: appraisal and integration of current evidence and the
evaluation of potential outcomes across all healthcare settings and patient populations.

Students who successfully complete this course should be able to do the following: 

  1. Explore the foundation of nursing informatics, including theory, definitions and historical developments.
  2. Recognize the role of information technology in improving evidence-based practice outcomes.
  3. Develop essential information literacy skills to support the integration of evidence-based practice.
  4. Explore various telecommunication tools that can be utilized to support evidence-based practice
    in e-health, telehealth, distance education and research.
  5. Discuss application of evidence for decision making to promote client health and improve
    quality and cost outcomes of care.
  6. Recognize the importance of redesign of workflow and care processes preceding the implementation of care technology to facilitate evidence-based nursing practice.
  7. Analyze the social, ethical, legal, political and fiscal issues associated with informatics, healthcare, and research.
  8. Explain the importance of data for the improvement of evidence-based nursing practice, health care delivery, education and administration.
  9. Differentiate quantitative and qualitative approaches to the utilization of evidence-based research.
  10. Demonstrate the ability to critique research literature for appropriate clinical utilization.
  • You will need to know how to use Microsoft Word © processing program, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel, and how to send email and attachments - If you need assistance with any of these skills, please contact Ms. Hayes
  • You will need a pc or laptop that has Windows 8/Mac OS 10.12 (or higher) and a stable connection to the Internet - preferably a high-speed WiFI connection. Be aware that Chromebooks cannot support Blackboard or other AUM applications. 
  • You will need to download the Microsoft Office Suite from Microsoft 365.You will use your MyAUM credentials to access this download. 
  • Course Messages in the Blackboard course will be used for all communication in the course
    between students and faculty; students should check Course Messages for this course at least once a day.


Ms. Hayes can help you with technology issues but you can also contact the ITS Help Desk, which is located on the 2nd Floor of the Library. You can also call 334-244-3500, email, or visit the Online Help Desk.

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