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Hours: 30 Contact Hours
  • Dee McGonigle, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN, ANEF
  • Kathleen Mastrian, PhD, RN
Workbook Author(s): Emily J. Gesner, DNP, RN-BC
Item#: N1889
Contents: 1 Textbook, 1 Workbook
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Nursing Informatics and the Foundation of Knowledge, Custom 4th Edition

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Item # N1889
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Release Date: April 16, 2018

Expiration Date: April 30, 2021

The specialty of nursing informatics (NI) combines nursing science with computer science and information science. The core value of NI is to facilitate the dissemination of data, information, knowledge and wisdom (DIKW) in nursing practice. DIKW provides a method of support in decision making for patients and clinicians (American Nursing Association, 2014). Nursing informatics practice centers on managing and communicating information and knowledge within a healthcare system. This support is created through the use of information structure, processes, and technology.

Nursing curriculum includes NI from the baccalaureate level to doctoral preparation; the use of information, data and knowledge are implemented in all aspects of nursing from the bedside to the boardroom. It is essential that nurses are familiar and comfortable with the knowledge base of informatics to integrate the concepts into their professional practice.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the process of synthesizing data into information and knowledge.
  • Apply the concepts of computer science and the foundation of knowledge model to informatics.
  • Discuss how ethical decision-making concepts are used to manage ethical problems in nursing informatics.
  • Apply nursing informatics metastructures, concepts, and tools to the nursing process.
  • Discuss the concepts that define nursing informatics as a specialty.
  • Discuss the current and ongoing legislation and regulations that shape 21st-century practice.
  • Describe how administrative information systems are improving patient care outcomes.
  • Explain the importance of the human-technology interface in health care.
  • Describe the core fundamentals of the electronic health record and informatics.
  • Recognize informatics tools that help promote patient safety and quality outcomes.
  • Explain how nursing informatics practice applications provide patients electronic access to their own records and to more health information.
  • Discuss the use of nursing informatics tools to improve population and community health.
  • Describe how telehealth and telenursing are improving patient health outcomes.

Dee McGonigle, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN, ANEF-Director, Virtual Learning Experiences (VLE), Professor, Graduate Programs, Chamberlain College of Nursing. Dr. McGonigle brings more than 40 years of experience in nursing and nursing informatics to this position. She is a Certified Distance Education Instructor and a Certified Nurse Educator.

After being introduced to computers enhancing nursing education while working towards her master’s degree, Dr. McGonigle defined informatics in 1991. She co-founded the Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI), a professional, scholarly, peer-reviewed journal in 1996 for which she was the Editor in Chief for 17 years through 2013. OJNI is currently published by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). In 2014, Dr. McGonigle was the first one honored as a Platinum Award recipient from the Online Journal of Nursing Informatics. She developed the Foundation of Knowledge Model and the ETHICAL Model used to handle ethical challenges brought about by the volatile information age.

Dr. McGonigle has received over $870,000.00 in funding, presented internationally and nationally, authored workbooks, book chapters and more than 130 publications. She led the development of an online self-assessment tool for level 3 and level 4 nursing informatics competencies, NICA L3/L4, which was cited in ANIA’s Nursing Informatics Today in 2014 and ANA’s NI Scope and Standards document. Dr. McGonigle was a research team member for the development of an online self-assessment tool, TANIC, for basic level 1 and level 2 nursing informatics competencies based on the TIGER initiatives.

Dr. McGonigle has co-authored three text books. The nursing informatics text, Nursing Informatics and the Foundation of Knowledge is in its 3rd edition and took second place as AJN’s 2014 Information Technology/Social Media Book of the Year. The text written for nurse educators to help them assimilate technology to enhance teaching and learning, Integrating Technology into Nursing Education: Tools for the Knowledge Era, was AJN’s 2010 first place Technology Book of the Year. This text, Informatics for Health Professionals, released in 2016. She is a member of the Expert Panel on Informatics and Technology for the American Academy of Nursing, a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a Fellow in the NLN Academy of Nursing Education. She is also a member of the Serious Gaming and Virtual Environments Special Interest Group for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. 

Kathleen Mastrian, PhD, RN-Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for Nursing, Pennsylvania State University, Shenango. Dr. Kathleen Mastrian is an Associate Professor of Nursing and Program Coordinator for the Shenango Campus of Penn State.  She has a PhD in Sociology with an emphasis on Medical Sociology, A Master’s degree in Nursing from Pitt and a BS in Nursing from Penn State.  She has been involved in the education of non-traditional aged students for 36 years in the RN to BS nursing program.  She is one of the founding proposers to place the RN to BS program online for the Penn State’s World Campus, has developed five of the courses for that curriculum, and teaches at least one section per semester for the World Campus RN to BS program.  She has extensive experience teaching informatics, research and sociology for the Shenango campus and has taught online for the World Campus for over 10 years.   She is SR. managing Editor of the Online Journal of Nursing Informatics, now a publication of HIMSS. 

Dr. Mastrian has presented at numerous national,conferences , co-authored two text books and written more than 30 articles. An additional book written for nurse educators to help them integrate technology to enhance teaching and learning, Integrating Technology into Nursing Education: Tools for the Knowledge Era, was AJN’s 2010 Technology Book of the Year, and this text won second place in the AJN's Technology Division in 2015.  Drs. Mastrian and McGonigle were each named to the "15 Leading Professors of Nursing Informatics" 2015 list compiled by Medical Technology Schools.  

Dr. Mastrian won the 2012 Shirley Novosel Distinguished Nursing Alumni Award and was recently nominated for an Athena Leadership Award. 

Emily J. Gesner, DNP, RN-BC, is a Nurse Planner at Western Schools and is an adjunct professor at Northeastern University. She is ANCC-certified in informatics nursing. She holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Northeastern University and a master’s degree in nursing informatics from Excelsior College. Dr. Gesner has also worked in multiple implementations of electronic health records, including Cape Cod Healthcare and Partners HealthCare.

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