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This course is designed to assist the adult learner make the transition to the university setting and the role of the nursing student. During this course, students will be introduced to skills that facilitate success in achieving their educational goals at NSU. Opportunities for writing and library searches will be provided. Use of technology as a tool for learning and time management are additional skills that will be emphasized. This class will involve active participation in cooperative group activities as well as individualized activities. (3 credits)

  • Discuss the role of the nursing student in the university setting
  • Demonstrate the ability to write a scholarly paper that meets the APA guidelines.
  • Identify tools used by professional nurses to access guidelines for evidence-based practice.
  • Identify a system for prioritizing the responsibilities of a nursing student.
  • Apply technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity.
  • Discuss the techniques by which nurses may educate clients and colleagues.

This course focuses on the role transition to professional nurse as provider of care, manager of care, and member of the profession. The students will explore the history of nursing and how society views the nursing profession. Ethical and legal principles guiding the nursing profession are introduced. (3 credits)

  • Examine the evolution of professional nursing practice.
  • Identify the role of the professional nurse within the global healthcare delivery system.
  • Describe the impact historic nursing leaders have on the practice of nursing today.
  • Summarize the role expectations of the professional nurse.
  • Examine the ethical and legal principles guiding professional nursing practice.
  • Identify evidence-based guidelines for professional nursing practice.

This course emphasizes the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to complete a health assessment for clients across the life span. The student presents and analyzes the concepts of health assessment methodology which include interviewing, history taking, and physical assessment. Students will be expected to utilize assessment skills in identifying pertinent data as it relates to evidence-based health promotion and health education strategies. (3 credits)

  • Conduct a complete client health history interview.
  • Perform a comprehensive and holistic health assessment addressing pertinent data related to physiological, psychological, sociocultural, spiritual, and developmental variables.
  • Correlate abnormal assessment findings to a potential or actual health alteration in a specific body system.
  • Formulate appropriate primary, secondary and tertiary nursing interventions for an identified health concern in the client system based on evidence-based practice guidelines.
  • Communicate pertinent findings related to the health assessment to members of the interprofessional health care team.
  • Integrate evidence-based practice guidelines and current nursing research when conducting an organized comprehensive assessment of the client system.

The focus of the course is on the pathogenesis of selected diseases leading to alterations of body structure and functions across the lifespan. This is emphasized through case study review discussing and applying cell structure, function, genetic control and its impact on the disease process. The students will integrate and apply pathophysiological concepts to client care in the development of primary, secondary, and tertiary interventions to attain, maintain, and retain the health state. Contemporary treatment, legal and ethical issues and health promotion concepts pertaining to pathophysiological disorders will be explored. (3 credits)

  • Utilize knowledge of the normal cell structure and function related to levels of adaptation in select disease processes.
  • Apply aspects of the disease process (etiology, pathogenesis, & clinical manifestations) toward alterations of specific body systems.
  • Examine the body's adaptive mechanisms to pathophysiologic changes.
  • Recognize the role of clinical pathophysiology in the areas of health promotion, maintenance, restoration, rehabilitation, and/or end-of-life care.
  • Discuss the impact of physiological alterations across the lifespan.
  • Discuss the legal, ethical, socioeconomic and political implications of various pathophysiological disorders and their treatments utilizing evidenced based practice.

This course provides the foundation for developing and using nursing theory and theories from other disciplines that, in turn, provide the foundation for developing and using epidemiological theory and concepts in planning and implementing primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention for at-risk aggregates and communities. It focuses on the process of conceptualizing individuals, families, groups, and communities within their environments. Students will learn to facilitate health care delivery to aggregates and communities of diverse cultures, using effective communication, negotiation, problem-solving skills, and collaborating with the interdisciplinary health care team and members of the community. Students will demonstrate an ability to evaluate health and wellness within primary secondary and tertiary levels of prevention using principles of evidence-based practice. Contemporary trends in community-based nursing practice will be discussed. Students will examine the economic, sociocultural, and ethical influences on community-based nursing practice. (4 credits)

  • Synthesize knowledge from previous nursing courses, concepts of epidemiology, and biostatistics in the assessment, planning and management of disease and the development of health promotion, risk reduction and disease prevention interventions.
  • Apply knowledge of environmental health, global health and human diversity issues in assessing the public health of a community.
  • Evaluate the impact of public policy and budget considerations in the planning and development health promotion and disease prevention interventions.
  • Facilitate health care delivery to clients, aggregates and populations utilizing effective communication, problem solving, and collaboration and conflict resolution strategies.

At the completion of this course the students will be able to utilize basic concepts in human genetics to an understanding of health care problems, as well as apply knowledge of inheritance and immunogenetics in predicting the possible effect of genetics on disease processes. This course will explore the ethical, social, political and economic impact of selected genetic diseases, DNA-based genetic diagnosis, and gene therapy. (2 credits)

  • Discuss the impact genetics and genomics related issues have on nursing research.
  • Explain the mechanisms of genetic transmission.
  • Recognize the importance of family history and genetic pedigree as necessary nursing assessment tools.
  • Identify ways that nurses can assist individuals, families, groups and communities in risk assessment for genetic disorders.
  • Formulate a teaching plan for individuals, families, groups and communities with identified risk factors for the development of a genetically transmitted disorder.

This course explores contemporary trends in health care delivery system and professional nursing practice. Students will integrate knowledge from previous courses further exploring health care system quality and safety, evidenced-based practice, technology, informatics, and the nurse's role in today's healthcare delivery system. This course examines the relationships between quality of care, cost of care, and safety as well as the regulatory effects on patient care and cost. Students will develop skills to address relevant issues within today's health care delivery system. Trends in healthcare informatics are explored and the effects of nursing informatics on communication and safety will be analyzed. (3 credits)

  • Analyze historical, social, and political trends impacting the nursing profession and the contemporary healthcare delivery system.
  • Identify forces driving change in the contemporary healthcare environment.
  • Examine factors contributing to medical errors and evidence-based methods for the prevention of medical errors.
  • Value the need for evidence-based practice and continuous improvement in clinical practice.
  • Explain the importance of quality improvement to the nurse, patient, organization, and healthcare delivery system.
  • Analyze the effects of communication on patient-centered care, interdisciplinary collaboration, and safety.
  • Explain the use of technology to enhance and promote safe patient care, educate patients and consumers, evaluate healthcare delivery, and enhance the nurse's knowledge base.
  • Promote the role of the nurse in the contemporary healthcare environment.
This course prepares the student for the transition to graduate nursing studies with an emphasis on incorporating evidence-based research and the application of various theories used in nursing practice. Applied research and the research process will be discussed. Students will be introduced to concepts and theories of leadership and business as they relate to significant aspects of advancing nursing practice.
  • Examine the relationship between theory, practice and research, and the ethical and legal implications of incorporating evidence-based practice.
  • Examine the impact of evidence based practice in a variety of settings.
  • Apply concepts and theories of leadership and management, economic trends, and financial implications applicable to nursing practice.
  • Relate the responsibilities associated with the role of the leader and the manager in ethical and legal decision-making.
  • Apply the writing skills associated with graduate studies.

This course introduces the RN to the advanced nurse role as leader, collaborator, change agent, advocate for population health and scholar. Theories of leadership, change and decision making are explored and applied to health care delivery situations. Issues affecting population health, including communication, collaboration, information management, diversity and ethics are examined. Students are introduced to the importance of scholarship in the advanced roles of nursing. (3 semester hours)

Course Objectives of Student Learning for NSG 5000

The student successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • Articulate essential components of the role of the advanced nurse.
  • Apply leadership, change, and decision-making theories to improve health care delivery and outcomes.
  • Examine influences that affect population health.
  • Employ communication and collaboration strategies to improve patient and population health outcomes.
  • Discuss the importance of scholarship to the advanced roles of nursing.

Course Description: This course examines the relationship of theory to research and practice and the use of data as a basis for decision making. Various approaches to the research process are explored. Ethical considerations in research are presented. (3 credit hours)

Course Objectives:

The student successfully completing this course will be able to:

  1. Analyze the relationship between theory, practice and research.
  2. Examine various approaches to the research process
  3. Explore the use of evidence in nursing practice
  4. Assess ethical implications related to conducting research.
  5. Examine the relationship between data/findings and clinical decision making

Course Description: This course focuses on the development, acquisition, and evaluation, and use of interdisciplinary evidence in nursing practice while incorporating strategies for protection of human subjects. Methods of disseminating evidence to improve practice outcomes are explored. (3 credit hours)

Course Objectives:

The student successfully completing this course will be able to:

  1. Formulate researchable nursing problems.
  2. Evaluate interdisciplinary evidence for translation into practice
  3. Develop a proposal for a change project based on evidence.
  4. Explore the process for implementing a change project within an institution
  5. Develop a proposal for a change project based on evidence

Course Description: This course focuses on the evaluation and utilization of new knowledge for evidence-based nursing practice. Evidence is evaluated for translation into practice. Leadership, adoption of innovation, quality improvement, and change theories are utilized in applying the nursing process to an identified problem in the specialty practice setting amenable to evidence-based change. Fostering an organizational culture valuing evidence-based practice and an infrastructure supportive of the adoption of innovation based on evidence for improved outcomes are stressed. (3 semester hours)

Course Outcomes of Student Learning for NSG 5120

The student successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • Assess health care organizations and identify problems;
  • Access and evaluate evidence-based practices for solving problems;

Course Description: This distance learning, on-line course focuses on providing the present and future nurse leaders with an understanding of health policy, organization, and finance. Students evaluate the quality of care in a variety of health care systems, recognizing the relationship between these issues as essential components to improve client outcomes and eliminate health disparities. Political advocacy and the health policy change process will be explored. Acute care and community health care delivery systems will be analyzed from a leadership perspective. Management, budget, cost effectiveness, reimbursement and fiscal accountability will be addressed, in conjunction with the effects of these issues on populations health (3 semester hours)

Course Outcomes of Student Learning for NSG 5130

The student successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • Define the role of the nurse leader in health care delivery, coordination education coaching, research, administration and leadership.
  • Examine the implication of current health policy on health care providers and the consumers.
  • Interpret the nurse leaders role as it related to the public, legislators, policy makers, and other health care professionals.
  • Discuss and delineate the advocacy role of the nurse leader in health care delivery systems.
  • Incorporated evidence-based practice in decision making to improve financial viability and cost management of the health care environment.
  • Define and explore how nursing can effectively lobby for changes in health care legislation and regulation.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge of legal regulations for nursing.
  • Explore the role of the nurse leaders regarding access to health care, public health, and social issues such as poverty, literacy, and violence.
  • Examine and discuss the impact of the uninsured and underinsured populations on the health care systems, and the vulnerability of these populations relative to health care delivery.
  • Assess and plan how communities, groups, families and individuals might optimize their ability to gain health care.
  • Identify the professional organizations that provide information links detailing current political activity and social involvement aimed at improving health care delivery.
  • Analyze the ways various health care delivery systems meet the needs of diverse clients.
  • Define the way health care is delivered in the United States and explore the strengths and weaknesses of the system.
  • Lead efforts to transform health care systems to optimize outcomes.

M.S.N. Education Track

This course introduces the student to skills and knowledge associated with roles and responsibilities of the nurse educator. The learner needs; environment, trends, policies, protocols, fiscal, ethical and legal aspects of education will be explored. Systems thinking as it relates to the nurse educator will be examined. Core competencies for nurse educators will be examined. (3 semester hours)

Course Outcomes of Student Learning for NSG 5350

The student successfully completing this course will be able to:

  1. Explore the function and responsibilities of the nurse educator in an academic or health care setting.
  2. Examine the legal and ethical aspects of education.
  3. Analysis trends affecting the academic setting.
  4. Evaluate the role of nurse educator in the scholarship of teaching, discovery, application/practice and integration.
  5. Examine the relationship of systems thinking to the nurse educator role.

This course focuses on the process of curriculum development. Accreditation standards, trends in professional nursing practice, economic, and policy issues are analyzed within the context of curriculum development and program evaluation. Selected nursing and educational theories, principles and techniques of curriculum development are explored. (3 semester hours)

Course Outcomes of Student Learning for NSG 5300

The student successfully completing this course will be able to:

  1. Explore educational theories and their implications for curriculum development.
  2. Analyze the impact of health care, social, economic, educational, and professional and policy trends on curriculum development.
  3. Evaluate a curriculum using current evidence, theory, professional, regulatory, and accreditation standards.
  4. Construct a curriculum revision plan based on analysis of learner needs, community needs, health care trends and accreditation standards.

This course provides the conceptual basis for teaching and learning. The relationships between learning outcomes, learning styles, instructional strategies, assignments, activities, assessment, and evaluation in educational environments are identified. Strategies for promoting student success and classroom management are examined. Various educational environments are explored. Ethical considerations of instruction are included. (3 semester hours)

Course Outcomes of Student Learning for NSG 5370

The student successfully completing this course will be able to:

  1. Apply concepts of the teaching learning process related to a conceptual framework of a nursing curriculum.
  2. Identify the relationships between learning outcomes, learning styles, instructional strategies, assignments, activities, assessment, and evaluation in educational environments.
  3. Discuss the similarities and differences between various educational environments.
  4. Examine strategies for classroom management.
  5. Explore strategies to promote student success.
  6. Incorporate ethical concepts in instructional practice.

This course builds on the educational concepts introduced in NSG 5370. Students apply these concepts in the design of instructional strategies, assignment, activities, assessment and evaluation for learning outcomes in various educational environments. The use of media and instructional technologies to achieve learning outcomes is explored. Methods to assess and evaluate learning outcomes are analyzed. (3 semester hours)

Course Outcomes of Student Learning for NSG 5380

The student successfully completing this course will be able to:

  1. Determine the most appropriate instructional strategies, assignments, activities, assessment, and evaluation for learning outcomes in various educational environments.
  2. Evaluate the use of instructional technologies and media as support for achievement of learning outcomes.
  3. Analyze subjective and objective methods to assess and evaluate learning outcomes.

This course assists students to synthesize the educational concepts in the design and evaluation of courses and curricula. Instructional strategies related to the clinical setting are explored. Methods of evaluation of learning outcomes are developed. (3 semester hours)

Course Outcomes of Student Learning for NSG 5390

The student successfully completing this course will be able to:

  1. Examine strategies for handling professional, legal, and ethical issues in the clinical environment.
  2. Construct a method of evaluation based on learning outcomes
  3. Develop a course incorporating educational concepts.
  4. Evaluate the integration of various educational concepts within a nursing curriculum.

This course provides an opportunity for students to analyze, synthesize and utilize all prior courses in an educational environment. Students are mentored by preceptors who are experienced in educational roles in various settings. (6 semester hours)

Course Outcomes of Student Learning for NSG 5360 and NSG 5500

The student successfully completing this course will be able to:

  1. Integrate educational and nursing theories in the design, development, implementation and evaluation of nursing program.
  2. Employ instructional strategies that recognize the diversity learner.
  3. Implement assessment and evaluation methods in a variety of learning environments.
  4. Incorporate evidence based research in educational practices.

M.S.N. Health Systems Leadership

This course provides the student with an opportunity to utilize models, processes, and theoretical frameworks of decision making as a foundation for leadership activities in complex health systems. Internal and external factors impacting decision making will be explored and analyzed. The influence of Systems thinking, trend analysis, data, evidence quality and interpersonal collaboration is examined. Ethical considerations of decision making are evaluated. (3 semester hours)

Course Outcomes of Student Learning for NSG 5230

The student successfully completing this course will be able to:

  1. Utilize models, processes, and/or theoretical frameworks for decision making in complex health systems.
  2. Analyze internal and external factors impacting decision making in health care.
  3. Examine the influence of systems thinking, trend analysis, data, evidence and quality in the decision making process.
  4. Access the impact of inter-professional collaboration on healthcare outcomes.
  5. Evaluate ethical considerations in decision making.

The course focuses on the perspective of nursing governance from a global to a unit level. Governance models, human resource management, work environments and best practices related to health systems leadership are explored. Self governance models and human resource strategies in the practice environments are designed and applied. Ethical and legal issues related to governance and resource management are included. (3 semester hours)

Course Outcomes of Student Learning for NSG 5240

The student successfully completing this course will be able to:

  1. Utilize governance models, processes and theoretical frameworks to provide leadership in complex health systems.
  2. Design the implementation of nursing governance structure in a complex health care system.
  3. Analyze systems effects of nursing governance models exert within a complex health system.
  4. Examine principle of resource management in a complex health system.
  5. Evaluate legal and ethical issues related to nursing governance and resource management.

This course focuses on fiscal management impacting nursing practice and healthcare delivery. Students will develop foundational knowledge applicable to fiscal management and develop strategies to improve decision making. Students will apply fiscal management principles to a current issue. The relationship between fiscal and ethical responsibility is examined. (3 semester hours)

Course Outcomes of Student Learning for NSG 5250

The student successfully completing this course will be able to:

  1. Analyze the effects of fiscal management on the nursing practice in the health care delivery.
  2. Apply accounting principles to fiscal decision making.
  3. Design strategies for managing a fiscally sound nursing environment.
  4. Examine the relationship between fiscal and ethical responsibilities.

This course provides the student with an opportunity to examine various healthcare informatics theories and policies related to the entire implementation process of information systems in a complex health care system. During the course students will apply concepts learned to the ethical use of data, information, and knowledge in clinical practice and research. Students will also analyze the critical elements in the life cycle of information and patient care technology systems. (3 semester hours)

Course Outcomes of Student Learning for NSG 5270

The student successfully completing this course will be able to:

  1. Examine healthcare informatics theories using the concepts of data, information, and knowledge to describe information systems.
  2. Analyze legislation, public and organizational policies related to information management in the health care system.
  3. Analyze critical elements necessary in the selection, use, analysis, and evaluation of healthcare information systems and patient care technology.
  4. Evaluate emerging patterns and trends in electronic information processing and the ethical/legal issues that arise from technology.

This course focuses on nursing leadership roles within a complex health system. The student will explore leadership, change, and organizational culture theories to systems thinking. Students will develop strategies for introducing and sustaining change. Ethical and legal concerns related to the nursing leadership role are explored. (3 semester hours)

Course Outcomes of Student Learning for NSG 5340

The student successfully completing this course will be able to:

  1. Articulate the role of the nurse leader in complex health system.
  2. Examine the application of leadership, change, and organizational culture theories to systems thinking.
  3. Analyze the impact of health care trends on nursing leadership.
  4. Examine ethical and legal concerns related to the nursing leadership role.
  5. Design strategies to meet regulatory and accreditation standards in a complex health systems.

This course provides opportunity for the student to analyze, synthesize and utilize all content from prior courses in a nursing leadership environment. Students are mentored by preceptors that are experienced in leadership roles in complex health systems. (6 semester hours)

Course Outcomes of Student Learning for NSG 5490 and NSG 5540

The student successfully completing this course will be able to:

  1. Incorporate leadership and decision-making theory to promote quality and safety within levels of complex health systems.
  2. Develop interventions to utilize information technology and inter-professional collaboration to improve the outcomes of the complex health systems..
  3. Integrate human, fiscal, economic, material resources in the management and evaluation of changing complex health systems.
  4. Evaluate the nursing leadership role in the application of systems thinking in decision making.
  5. Design strategies to meet regulatory and accreditation standards based on analysis of current trends and data impacting complex health systems.
  6. Appraise legal and ethical considerations related to the nurse leader role in complex health systems.

Nursing Informatics Courses

This course covers from basic to intermediate knowledge of the concept, the design and the implementation of database applications in healthcare. Students will study tools and data models for designing databases such as E-R Model and SQL. The course also covers Relational DBMS systems such as Access, SQL Server, Oracle and my SQL. Besides, database connectivity design (essential in data-driven web development), database administration, XML and data warehouse (support for decision-making) will also be introduced. Students will practice designing, developing and implementing a test relational online medical informatics database application (part of a recent federal research grant) through a comprehensive project that contains the above topics.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Possess the knowledge of database management system and applications in healthcare
  2. Plan, document and design a medical informatics database application
  3. Identify and model healthcare database application using ER Model and query against the database with SQL
  4. Understand and use Access, SQL server, Oracle or mySQL DBMS systems to build up a data-driven web application
  5. Have the knowledge of database administration and data warehouse for decision support system (DSS)

With the increasing complexity of clinical medicine, clinical decision support systems have evolved to become essential cognitive prostheses for diagnostic and treatment purposes. Clinical decision support systems have been utilized in many areas of clinical medicine, nursing, pharmacy, healthcare administration and research. This course introduces students to statistical and theoretical concepts underlying modern medical decision making, including Bayesian analysis. It then proceeds to review the multiple methods for knowledge generation for CDSS systems. The course provides "hands-on" experience to students in performing Bayesian analysis of clinical problems and building and annotating computer-interpretable guidelines (CIGs). Current implementations of stand-alone and integrated CDSS will be evaluated. Techniques for planning and evaluation of CDSS implementation will be reviewed. Human factors, including work-flow integration, and the ethical, legal and regulatory aspects of CDSS use will be explored.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Compare and contrast the types of CDSS Systems available in commercial and research implementations
  2. Describe the scope of clinical decision support systems
  3. Describe the kinds of decision support systems which have been implemented for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes
  4. Apply the statistical methods and logic concepts underlying medical decision making
  5. Define methods of knowledge generation for CDSS, including decision trees, neural networks, and Bayesian analysis
  6. Explain supervised vs. unsupervised learning methods in data-mining applications and ideal applications of each of these strategies
  7. Describe the adaptation of practice guidelines for clinical decision support, including commonly-used formalisms and authoring tools for computer-interpretable guidelines
  8. Describe techniques for content management and collaboration processes, including life-cycles of different types of content and knowledge event management
  9. List the characteristics of successful CDSS implementations and common challenges to successful CDSS implementation
  10. Outline the legal, ethical and regulatory issues involved in design and implementation of CDSS systems
  11. Describe the opportunities for use of CDSS systems in personal health records and shared decision making

The dynamics of human-computer interaction (HCI) directly impacts health care. This course will introduce the student to usable interfaces and the study of social consequences associated with the changing environment due to technology innovation.

Course Objectives

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This course introduces the fundamental principles of project management from an information technology perspective, but with an emphasis on health care industry applications. Fundamental aspects of project management are covered, including project integration and the management of scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communications, and risks. Discussion also includes project management software as well as organizational management aspects, such as project planning, team building, organizational structure, and control mechanisms.

Course Objectives

  1. Understand the genesis of leadership theory and project management principles related to improving the success of information technology projects
  2. Appraise how decisions made by health care leadership impact data management and health information systems.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of leadership and project management terms and techniques such as
    • The triple constraint of project management
    • Leadership challenges related to an organizational wide project and settings
    • The project management knowledge areas and process groups
    • The project life cycle
    • Tools and techniques of project management such as
      • Project selection methods
      • Work breakdown structures
      • Network diagrams, critical path analysis, and critical chain scheduling
      • Cost estimates
      • Earned value management
      • Motivation theory and team building
  4. Apply project management and leadership concepts by working on an individual or group project as project manager or active team member.
  5. Appreciate the importance of project management and leadership skills learned in class
  6. Develop leadership strategies to identify options for health information organizations to adapt to change in their environment.

This course provides an introduction to consumer health informatics and Web 2.0 applications used in healthcare. It explores the development of consumers as ePatients and tools such as patient-controlled electronic health records as well as the fluid nature of Web 2.0 in medicine. Students will learn from a combination of lectures and a hands-on approach of interacting directly with the tools and technologies discussed.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the roles of Web 2
    0 applications for consumers and healthcare professionals
  2. Navigate social media and networking applications
  3. Utilize emerging tools such as RSS readers and podcasts to access and manage information
  4. Determine beneficial uses of the collaborative toolbox
  5. Delineate healthcare risks inherent to consumers with Web 2

This course provides students the opportunity to perform the role and function of a professional informatics nurse specialist (INS) in healthcare setting. The students develop their own-field based projects or participate on an ongoing project as approved by course faculty. Students apply nursing informatics principles to enhance healthcare outcomes. Students are mentored by preceptors that are experienced in nursing informatics in complex health systems.

Course Outcomes

  1. Evaluate the role of the nurse informatics specialist in a health care setting.
  2. Develop and or support an existing nursing informatics project in a complex health care system.
This course provides the student the opportunity to review the ANCC nursing informatics certification requirement and learning materials.

Course Outcomes

  1. Review the current ANCC nursing informatics certification learning material