Informatics Nursing Concentration

Informatics Nursing Concentration

Fairfield University’s Master of Science in Nursing Leadership with a concentration in Informatics Nursing is an advanced education nurse generalist degree created in response to an urgent call for better patient outcomes and improved coordination in the delivery of healthcare setting. Informatics, a rapidly growing area in healthcare, is multidisciplinary field that integrates nursing science and information science to deliver high quality healthcare. The program will provide nurses with the opportunity to apply informatics theory in the clinical setting through clinical practicum experiences in a variety of health care settings. Students in the program will have access to faculty for advisement and will be able to participate in practicum clinical hours. Graduates of this program meet all the qualifications to register for the national Informatics Nursing Certification Exam.

This is the perfect concentration for graduate-level nurses with diverse career specialties, professional goals and personal interests.

 

 

What is Informatics Nursing?

Nursing informatics is a specialty that began to formally emerge in the 1990s and in 2015, the American Nurses Association articulated the scope and standards of practice. As defined by Nursing Informatics: Scope and Standards of Practice, nursing informatics is the "integrates nursing science with multiple information and analytical sciences to identify, define, manage and communicate data, information, knowledge and wisdom in nursing practice."

While this is an area that will continue to grow and develop, there are many developing opportunities to develop, design and optimize systems that utilize technology in healthcare. This new concentration in Informatics Nursing has been created for the forward thinking innovative nurse leader who wants to improve patient care and outcomes with technology. Partnering with experts in informatics, analytics and computer engineering in the Dolan School of Business and School of Engineering at Fairfield University, Fairfield University’s Master of Science in Nursing—Nursing Leadership with a concentration in Informatics Nursing has been designed with the future of patient care in mind. Taught by leaders and experts in the area of Informatics, students will have the opportunity to learn cutting edge skills that will support a career in Informatics Nursing. Bridging the gap between theory and practice, students will have dedicated field experiences that will support their learning and provide an opportunity to network with leaders in Healthcare Informatics. This is the only program in the state to offer this time of “hands on” learning experiences in the field for Informatics students. Our program is carefully designed to also allow emerging nurse leaders the opportunity for career advancement by preparing them for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Informatics Nursing examination.

Message from the Track Coordinator

There is a significant increase in the demand for nurses whose knowledge of nursing and specialization in informatics contributes to nursing practice, leadership, education, and research. Due to advances in technology, growth in the amount of available data, and public policy initiatives such the Meaningful Use program as part of the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, there are more opportunities for nurses to lead in the area of informatics.

Informatics Nursing is a dynamic specialty where nurses utilize information management and analytical science to identify, define, manage, and communicate data, information, knowledge, and wisdom in nursing practice. According to the 2017 Nursing Informatics Workforce Study (HIMSS, 2017), those working in this area may have a job title such as Nursing Informatics Specialist, Director of Clinical Informatics, or Chief Nursing Informatics Officer.

Are you currently considering advancing your education in the area of Informatics but you just are not sure where to begin? We invite you to take a look at our website that describes several programs that might interest you.

  • Are you a bachelor’s prepared registered nurse who is interested in pursuing a Masters Degree? We invite you to explore the MSN Nursing Leadership with a concentration in Informatics Nursing program Nursing at the EGAN School of Nursing and Health Studies.
  • Are you a bachelor’s prepared registered nurse who is interested in pursuing additional education in Informatics Nursing but you just aren’t ready to commit to a Masters Degree Program yet? We invite you to explore the Certificate in Informatics Nursing at the EGAN School of Nursing and Health Studies.
  • Are you the graduate of a Bachelors degree program (not nursing) who is interested in pursuing additional education in Healthcare Informatics? Perhaps you are an Informational Technology Professional who would like to enhance your knowledge of clinical healthcare informatics? Maybe you are an allied health professional who would like to learn more about this field? Or maybe you are applying to medical school or an allied health program and you would like to bolster your knowledge base and strengthen your candidacy with advanced knowledge in healthcare informatics? We invite you to explore the Certificate in Healthcare Informatics at the EGAN School of Nursing and Health Studies.

At Fairfield, we pride ourselves on the excellence of our program and faculty. Students are taught by academic leaders from the EGAN School of Nursing and Health Studies, Dolan School of Business, and the School of Engineering at Fairfield University. We invite you to come meet with us in person in our new, state-of-the art Nursing and Health Studies building and hear about the exciting opportunities ahead at Fairfield.

Please contact either of us if we can answer any questions or to set an appointment to meet about any of our programs. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sally Gerard, DNP, RN, CNL
Associate Professor of Nursing
Nursing Leadership Track Coordinator

Linda Roney, EdD, RN-BC, CPEN, CNE
Assistant Professor of Nursing
LEAD-IN Specialty Coordinator

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Course Offerings

YEAR 1

Fall Semester

  • Nursing Leadership Roles for Systems Improvement (4 credits)
  • Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology (3 credits)

Spring Semester

  • Advanced Health Assessment (4 credits)
  • Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)

YEAR 2

Fall Semester

  • Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice (3 credits)
  • Information Technology for Healthcare Improvement

Spring Semester

  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics (3 credits)
  • Information Systems (3 credits)*

YEAR 3

Fall Semester

  • Advanced Healthcare Policy (3 credits)
  • Database Systems (3 credits)*

Spring Semester

  • Information Systems and Data Base Management (3 credits)*
  • Master’s Nursing Leadership Practicum in Informatics Nursing (3 credits)
  • Informatics Nursing Clinical Practicum (1 credit)

Informatics-specific content courses
*: Specialty concentration courses

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For more information about the Informatics Nursing Concentration, please contact:

Sally Gerard, DNP, RN, CNL
Associate Professor of Nursing
Nursing Leadership Track Coordinator
Phone: (203) 254-4000, ext. 2735
E-mail: sgerard@fairfield.edu

Linda Roney, EdD, RN-BC, CPEN, CNE
Assistant Professor of Nursing
LEAD-IN Specialty Coordinator
Phone: (203) 254-4000, ext. 2763
E-mail: lroney@fairfield.edu

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