The UMSON nursing informatics graduate specialty prepares nursing professionals to enhance the quality of patient care and outcomes through the development, implementation, and evaluation of information tools. Increasing pressures for the adoption and use of electronic information systems are creating a growing demand for nursing informatics in health care organizations and in businesses that develop and sell health care information technology. Graduates of this specialty are able to analyze nursing information requirements, design system alternatives, manage information technology, identify and implement user-training strategies, and evaluate the effectiveness of clinical and/or management information systems in patient care. Graduates of the specialty are leaders in the conceptualization, design, and research of computer-based information systems in health care organizations and in the informatics industry.
UMSON offers the post-BSN route for obtaining a master’s degree with the nursing informatics specialty. Doctoral degrees (DNP and PhD) and a post-master’s (non-degree) option are also offered. Full-time and part-time matriculation plans are available. This specialty is available online.
We invite our students to participate in the Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics Conference.
Eun-Shim Nahm, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and program director, conducts research in geroinformatics, developing and evaluating technology-based interventions for the management of the health of aging adults and their caregivers. She has conducted various studies in this field, including qualitative, measurement, theory testing, and usability studies, as well as developing and implementing online interventions using various Web components. Dr. Nahm has received multiple grant awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She is currently principal investigator for an R01 study, “Dissemination of a Theory-Based Bone Health Program in Online Communities” (08/2009–05/2013), funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research. She has published more than 35 peer reviewed journal articles and four book chapters in the field of nursing informatics. Dr. Nahm has mentored multiple doctoral students and teaches graduate level informatics courses.
Arpad Kelemen, PhD, associate professor, has expertise in biomedical informatics; EHR and health care database development, optimization, and evaluation; health care software and game development; human-computer interaction; intelligent patient care technologies with artificial intelligence; and data mining of large health care data. Dr. Kelemen has published more than 50 peer reviewed papers and two books, Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics and Computational Intelligence in Medical Informatics. He was principal investigator on a HRSA grant, "Nursing Informatics Program Focused on Diversity and the Underserved.". He has received funding from NSF, NIH, NYSTAR, and the U.S. Navy. He developed a large-scale intelligent software agent for human-like decision-making for the job assignment and job satisfaction problem. He develops models, algorithms, and intelligent systems for large-scale biomedical data, including health care, genomic, and clinical data. He currently leads the development of educational and patient-centered online health care games.
Mary Regan, PhD, RN, assistant professor, has a federally funded program of research rooted in human factors, more specifically the effect that health care technologies have on nursing practice. Her current area of interest is the influence that nursing care has on the utilization of cesarean sections, but she has also conducted several studies about simulation and its effect on clinical reasoning in undergraduate nursing education. She has pioneered the use of projective research methods in nursing education and is currently the principal investigator on a grant funded by the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development. She has published more than 10 peer reviewed journal articles and one book chapter in the field of clinical reasoning and human factors.
Charlotte Seckman, PhD, RN-BC, assistant professor, is a board certified informatics nurse with a research background focused on translating evidence into health care practices; exploring design efficiencies in computerized provider order entry; evaluating the usability of the electronic medical record to include system implementation, training, and user satisfaction; and developing community and cognitive engagement techniques related to Web-based learning modalities. Dr. Seckman is currently working in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine to develop, refine, and evaluate an evidence-based practice system called EBP InfoBot. This system is designed for automatic searching and delivery of patient-specific information from evidence-based resources that directly integrate with an electronic medical record.
Nancy Staggers, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, has an extensive background in clinical informatics, from determining user requirements to application prototyping, system selection, large systems implementation, and enterprise system evaluation. She has held various executive positions, including associate CIO, Information Technology Services for the Health Sciences Center at the University of Utah; program director for ECIS, Catholic Healthcare West; and director for corporate informatics at the U.S. Department of Defense. Dr. Staggers’ area of research is human-computer interaction and interface design in health care applications. She has completed a number of studies related to the optimal design of applications for nurses. Her most recent research is on cognitive support for nurses and patients for handoffs in medical and surgical units. She is co-investigator on a Veterans Administration grant to examine how nurses detect and monitor acute mental status changes in patients.
Marisa Wilson, DNSc, MHSc, RN-BC, assistant professor and director of the UMSON master’s program, is a board certified nursing informatician with an interest in understanding how we can maximize the impact that design and implementation of health care technology can have on the operations, efficiencies, and outcomes at the point of care. Dr. Wilson has developed computational terminology for perianesthesia nursing, analyzed integration of disparate systems, and proposed new leadership models. She has chaired or co-chaired UMSON’s Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics since 2010. She is a member of the TIGER Foundation Board, chairs the Virtual Learning Environment Committee of TIGER, serves as a committee member for the TIGER Education Committee, the Maryland Public Policy Committee for CRISP Health Information Exchange, the Maryland Chapter of HIMSS, and the AMIA NI-WG Public Policy Committee. Dr. Wilson has published peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters on informatics, leadership, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice roles.
People with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree may apply for entry directly into the Master of Science program. The curriculum includes nursing core courses, management courses, electives, and informatics courses. The program may be completed entirely online, but some courses are also available face-to-face.
People with a BSN and a master’s degree in a different field may apply for entry into the post-master’s level Nursing Informatics certificate program. The certificate program curriculum provides the master’s-level nursing courses needed for the leadership role of the informatics nurse specialist; the nursing core courses are not part of the certificate curriculum.
This course scheduling and sequencing is for students who will begin the program in spring 2014. Students who began the program prior to spring 2014, click here to see your course sequencing and scheduling. Students who were admitted in spring 2014, NURS 622 and NURS 659 will replace NRSG 780 and NRSG 782.
The nursing core courses may be taken in any sequence:
|NRSG 780: Population Health and Promotion||Fall, Spring, Summer|
|NRSG 782: Organizational and Professional Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice||Fall, Spring, Summer|
|NRSG 790: Application of Science for Evidence-based Practice||
Fall, Spring, Summer
|NRSG 795: Biostatistics for Evidence-based Practice||Fall, Spring, Summer|
The leadership courses may be taken in any sequence.
|NURS 690: Managerial Health Finance||Fall, Spring|
|NURS 691: Organization Theory: Application to Health Services Management||Fall, Spring|
In general, the informatics courses must be taken in the sequence shown. However, NURS 785 may precede or follow NURS 784 and NURS 786.
|NURS 736: Technology Solutions for Generating Knowledge in Health Care||Fall, Spring|
|NURS 786: Systems Analysis and Design||Spring|
|NURS 784: Information Technology Project Management||Fall|
|NURS 785: Healthcare Database Systems||Summer|
|NURS 737: Nursing Informatics Concepts and Practice in Systems Adoption||Fall|
|NURS 738: Practicum in Nursing Informatics||Spring|
|NURS 770*: Human Factors of Human and Computer Interaction||Spring, Summer|
*This course can be taken any spring or summer semester during the program – preferably before or with NURS 738.
Some courses have co-requisites or prerequisites:
NURS 736 co- or prerequisite: NRSG 790
NURS 737 prerequisites: NURS 736, NURS 786, NRSG 790, NRSG 795
NURS 738 prerequisites: NURS 736, NURS 737, NURS 785, NRSG 790, NRSG 795, NURS 690, NRSG780, NRSG782
NURS 738 co-requisites: NURS 691, NURS 784
The nursing informatics MS specialty participates in the Academic Common Market, meaning that students who reside in member states of the Southern Regional Education Board may request to pay in-state tuition if there is no nursing informatics program offered in a public university in their home state.
The Nursing Informatics (NI) Certificate program enables nurses with a master’s degree in another specialty area or field to gain specific knowledge and skills in nursing and health care informatics in an effort to support evidence-based practice and improve health care outcomes. For more detailed information, please visit the NI Certificate Web page.
The PhD program offers research opportunities in the health care/nursing informatics area. The informatics program maintains a cadre of nationally renowned informatics researchers and experts who can guide doctoral students whose emphasis area is in informatics. In particular, the school maintains excellent collaborative relationships with federal hospital centers, government agencies, and vendors that can also facilitate our students’ research and learning.
For further information about the doctoral degrees, please visit the doctoral program section of the website.