Nurse Informatics and the Foundation of Knowledge, 4th edition


About Course #N1889

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.

About the Authors

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. 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.

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.

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