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Master's of Science in Nursing - Nursing Informatics concentration

Program Description

Effective Summer 2015, the MSN concentration in Nursing Informatics is being phased out and will close no later than Fall semester 2017.  No new students will be admitted to the area of concentration. The concentration will remain open to current students through the completion of their program of study. 

Nursing informatics integrates nursing science, information science, computer science and so much more. A Master's-prepared nurse who engages in nursing informatics is an informatics nurse specialist. As an informatics nurse specialist, you will identify, collect, process, and manage data and information to support nursing practice, administration, education, research, and the expansion of nursing knowledge.

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Learning Outcomes

Overall Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Master's program, graduates will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and competencies in advanced nursing practice, teaching (in the classroom and in clinical settings) and administration
  • Integrate specialized knowledge and theories from nursing and related disciplines into advanced nursing roles
  • Use research to validate and refine knowledge relevant to advanced nursing roles
  • Practice advanced nursing roles in collaborative relationships across disciplines and in partnership with communities (i.e., nursing education, nursing administration, nursing informatics and advanced clinical practice)
  • Manage the healthcare of clients within legal, ethical and professional standards
  • Improve the health of clients among diverse population groups
  • Promote positive changes in healthcare delivery, health policies and nursing practice

Overall Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are measurable statements that express what a student will know, do, or think at the end of the learning experience. They are consistent with standards of professional practice, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (ACCN) 2011 Master's Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing and MSN Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) which are shown above. The SLOs are developed and approved by faculty who are experts in their field and are reviewed annually to assess program effectiveness and guide programmatic improvements. Click here to review the current MSN Student Learning Outcomes.

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Courses

Core Requirements (all required - 15 credit hours)

NURS 5000/6000/7000 - Theoretical Foundations - 3 credit hours
NRUS 5001/6001/7001 - Healthcare Policy - 3 credit hours
NURS 5002/6002/7002 - Advanced Nursing Research - 3 credit hours
NURS 5003/6003/7003 - Advanced Role Development - 3 credit hours
NURS 5990/6990/7990 - Scholarly Synthesis/Research - 3 credit hours
 

Concentration Requirements ( all required - 19 credit hours)

NURS 5401/6401/7401 - Introduction to Healthcare Informatics - 3 credit hours
NURS 5402/6402/7402 - Healthcare Information Systems & Technology Integration - 3 credit hours
**NURS 5403/6403/7403 - Project Management in Systems Analysis and Design - 3 credit hours
***NURS 5404/6404/7404 - Project Management in Systems Implementation & Evaluation - 3 credit hours
NURS 5406/6406/7406 - Healthcare Data Analysis & Evidence-Based Practice - 3 credit hours
NURS 5407/6407/7407 - Informatics Applications I - 2  credit hours
NURS 5409/6409/7409 - Informatics Applications II - 2 credit hours
 
**NURS 5407/6407/7407 is a prerequisite for NURS 5403/6403/7403
***NURS 5409/6409/7409 is a prerequisite for NURS 5404/6404/7404
 

Informatics Practicum Requirement

NURS 5401/6410/7410 - Informatics Practicum - 4 credit hours


Total program hours  = 38 credit hours
Total practice contact hours = 240

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Sample Sequence of Study

Phase-out Plan for Nursing Informatics Concentration Core Courses by Semester Offered
Course S17 M17 F17 S18
NURS 5410 Close concentration

Note: S=Spring semester; M=Summer semester; F=Fall semester

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Tuition

For complete information on tuition, fees and policies, visit your home institution.

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Support Services

Online learners have access to the same support services as students who are studying on campus. The primary difference is that the services are web-enabled to provide easier access and convenience. Students enrolled in TN eCampus programs have access to these important resources:

Virtual Bookstore
Through the Virtual Bookstore, you can buy, rent or download course materials in print or digital formats. No campus visits are necessary! Simply order and pay online in a secure setting using one of the accepted payment methods. Customer service assistance and online resources are available to answer most of your questions.

Virtual Library
The Virtual Library provides online students with access to databases, journals, eBook collections, reference materials, interlibrary loans, plus more. You can even contact a Reference Librarian for assistance with your research strategy, locating information and searching database resources. A link to the Virtual Library is provided inside your online course.

Virtual Tutoring Services
Online tutoring is available in core subjects and many advanced topics via Smarthinking. Available 24/7, students can access a live tutor in real time or schedule an appointment with a tutor of your choice. Additionally, students can take advantage of Smarthinking’s online Writing Lab service which provides a personalized critique of any written assignment. A link to Smarthinking is provided within your online course.

HelpDesk Support
Need assistance with your course login and password, navigating within your course, or communicating with your instructor and classmates? These are just a few of many questions that our HelpDesk support staff can answer. Available 24/7, the HelpDesk is your “go-to” resource for assistance and resources that can resolve any technical or course issues you encounter.

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Clinical/Practicum Procedures

Prerequisites for all clinical/practicum courses must be completed prior to registration. Students must identify potential preceptors and clinical affiliation agreements must be fully executed prior to registering for a clinical or practicum course. Students who register for a clinical or practicum course prior to receiving notice of preceptor approval and full execution of an affiliation agreement may be required to drop the course if it is determined that the delay in starting the clinical/practicum experience will prevent the student from completing the requirements within the semester.

Student requests for clinical/practicum placements must be approved by your Concentration Coordinator and course faculty before beginning your preceptorship. All clinical experiences are arranged by the student in the student’s home area to the fullest extent possible. Affiliation Agreements must be executed with the approved agency and all required forms must be completed by the approved preceptor.

Initiation of preceptor requests and submission of forms does not imply approval. Initiation of a clinical affiliation agreement associated with a student request does not imply approval of the site for any clinical/practicum requirement.


Process for Initiating Clinical Affiliation Agreements

The student, in consultation with his/her Concentration Coordinator, academic advisor, and/or course faculty will identify potential preceptors and clinical agencies.

All of the following documents are REQUIRED and must be submitted to the MSN office in order to initiate a clinical Affiliation Agreement and the clinical preceptor approval process:

  • Preceptorship Request Form (completely filled in and signed)
  • Verification of the preceptor's license (copy of license or screen shot from state's licensing board)
  • Preceptor's CV/Resume

Deadline for submission is noted below, and in many instances, processing may take up to twelve weeks or longer. Late submissions will be processed in order of receipt and pose a risk of not being finalized in time for students to begin clinical rotations.


Submission of Preceptorship Request

The Preceptor Request Form must be submitted in accordance with the dates noted below. This timeframe is mandatory to allow sufficient time for the preceptor approval process and/or to fully execute an Affiliation Agreement (contract) with your potential clinical site. Clinical/practicum assignments may not be scheduled without documentation of a legally and fully executed Affiliation Agreement. Follow the steps and instructions below to initiate this process. A separate set of forms is required for each proposed preceptor and site.

Step 1: Download and print:
Student Preceptorship Instructions and Forms Checklist. This form will guide you through the process.

Step 2: Download, print and in conjunction with your preceptor, complete, sign and submit the Preceptor Request Form. Also obtain and submit the preceptor's resume or CV and submit with the Preceptor Request Form. It is the student's responsibility to submit this form, NOT your preceptor. If your preceptor does not have a resume/CV ask him/her to complete the MSN Preceptor CV or the MSN Preceptor CV Fillable Form.

Submitted documents must be in Word or pdf format only.  Jpegs will not be accepted. 

Step 3: Download, print, review, and provide your preceptor with a copy of the Preceptor and Student Roles and Responsibility Form. Before presenting the form to your preceptor, remember to include your name and contact information, as well as your professor's name and contact information.

Submit the Preceptor Request Form along with the preceptor's license and CV/resume via fax or email (one method only please) to the MSN office.

Fax: 1-615-366-3953
 

Important Clinical Dates

 1. When can students submit preceptorship requests?
Students may submit a preceptorship request via instructions on the Preceptor Request Form (fax or email ---- one method only) during the following timeframes:
 
  • Spring Semester:  August 17 - September 17
  • Summer Semester:  February 17 – March 17
  • Fall Semester:  April 17  – May 17  

Once the semester convenes, preceptorship requests will NOT be accepted without permission of your home school's Concentration Coordinator. This policy is necessary for several reasons including:

  • To allow staff and faculty ample time for processing/vetting of your request
  • To ensure you will have adequate time to complete the course requirement of clinical/practicum hours within the semester
  • To ensure that you receive full benefit of the tuition reimbursement policy as it is published in your home school academic calendar
2. Has my preceptorship been approved? 
Contact Valda: msnclinicalforms@tbr.edu
 

Preceptor Selection

Preceptors are practitioners who agree to facilitate student learning in the application of theory. Clinical/practicum preceptor selections are made based on qualifications, interest and demonstrated commitment to the program. Graduate preceptors should possess the following qualifications and experiences:

  • Master's degree, Post-Master's certificate or Doctoral degree in fields relevant to the role.
  • Current license in the state of practice
  • Certification in the appropriate area of specialty
  • Practice in a setting that provides experiences appropriate for the development of advanced practice skills
  • A minimum of one year experience in a practice role
  • Individuals not meeting the above criteria, but with specialized expertise will be considered on an individual basis
  • Students may not use relatives as preceptors
  • A place of employment or ownership may not be used for a clinical or practicum experience

Special Instructions Regarding Nursing Informatics Student Clinical Preceptorships

Nursing Informatics students will preferably use a hospital organization for their Informatics Practicum course, NURS 5410/6410/7410. Please consult with your course professor if you are unsure of the suitability of your clinical practicum site. It is recommended that the preceptor for the NURS 5309/6309/7309 be Master's prepared, preferably in nursing or healthcare informatics. Exceptions to this recommendation may be made by the course professor.

Upon receipt of the Preceptor Request Form for a proposed preceptor, the MSN office will determine if a current Affiliation Agreement is in place. If there is not an Affiliation Agreement on file for a requested site, the MSN Program staff will initiate a new Affiliation Agreement with that site. All clinical sites and preceptors must be approved by your Concentration Coordinator and course faculty before you begin your clinical preceptorship. 

For questions and assistance regarding clinical/practicum placement, please contact:

Dr. Richard Meeks
Email: richard.meeks@mtsu.edu


Preceptor Appointment Agreement

Preceptor agreements are individual arrangements for a particular experience with a specific student for each semester and course. Arrangements will be initiated by the student in consultation with their Concentration Coordinator and/or faculty member, depending upon the concentration and course. The Preceptor Request Form is to be completed, signed and submitted to the MSN office. Copies of this form will be forwarded by the MSN staff to your Concentration Coordinator to determine the appropriateness of the placement.

The course faculty must give final approval to both the site and preceptor. Students using multiple preceptors in a semester must file separate preceptor forms for each preceptor. If indicated by the Concentration Coordinator, course faculty or the MSN staff, students may be asked to submit updated preceptor information and/or forms for previously approved preceptors and sites.

Please contact your Concentration Coordinator with any other questions concerning the appropriateness of a site.

Dr. Richard Meeks
Email: richard.meeks@mtsu.edu


Medatrax

The MSN program uses the Medatrax system for program and preceptorship management and tracking. Click here to view the Medatrax Student Manual which gives an overview of and instructions about how to use the Medatrax system. For students enrolling in clinical courses, the MSN Document Handling lists instructions on managing clinical documents in Medatrax and D2L.

How will the Medatrax system impact students?

  • ALL MSN Nursing Administration, Education, FNP and Informatics students are required to enroll in the Medatrax system.
  • ALL MSN Nursing Administration, Education, FNP and Informatics students are required to upload regulatory documents (RN license, insurance, immunizations, background check receipt, CPR certification, physical exam) within the Medatrax system.
  • ALL MSN FNP students are required to track clinical time and log patient encounters within the Medatrax system.
  • PRINT the Document Handling form for clarification on which documents are uploaded in Medatrax and D2L.
  • ***If you HAVE NOT already attended a Medatrax training session*** or have questions regarding Medatrax operational systems, contact Amy at amy@medatrax.com or webmaster@medatrax.com.
  • To request a Medatrax account, click here

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Clinical Student Requirements

The section below outlines required documentation that MUST be uploaded in Medatrax prior to beginning your clinical preceptorships.
Registered Nurse Licensure
Students must hold and maintain a current unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee or the state in which the clinical assignments are completed.
 
Student Liability Insurance
The graduate student practices under his or her own license and is required to maintain current advanced practice student liability insurance. Family Nurse Practitioner students must maintain student FNP liability insurance in the amount of $1,000,000/$6,000,000. Students in other concentrations are required to maintain and must have proof of the same coverage in order to be in compliance with our Affiliation Agreements. This policy also applies to federal employees, including active military who engage in a clinical practicum regardless of setting.
 
The Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) has negotiated group rates for this coverage at a very reasonable rate. Please contact the representative below from your home school for details.

 
Mr. R. Keith Gipson at APSU -  gipsonr@apsu.edu
Ms. Kathy Hawks at ETSU -  hawks@etsu.edu
Ms. Joan Howell at MTSU -  joan.howell@mtsu.edu
Ms. Belinda Patterson at TSU -  bpatterson@tnstate.edu
Mr. Ben Clark at TTU -  bclark@tntech.edu
Ms. Qunitta Goodin at UofM -  qjgoodin@memphis.edu
 

Health History, Physical Examination and Immunization Requirements

All students must document physical and emotional fitness to meet the essential requirements of the program. A current MSN Health History, Physical Examination and Immunization Form is required and must be uploaded in Medatrax.
 

Immunization Requirements (to be completed by an MD, NP or PA)

To be documented on the MSN TN eCampus Health History, Physical Examination and Immunization Form

MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
  • documented evidence of two doses at least 28 days apart)*
  • documentation of positive titers
  • presumptive evidence of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella for individuals born prior to 1957. Vaccinations and titers are not required for persons in this age group. 
Varicella (Chicken Pox) 
Students must provide written documentation confirming evidence of immunity to varicella (chicken pox). Evidence of immunity for healthcare providers includes:
  • written documentation of vaccination with 2 doses of varicella vaccine
  • laboratory evidence of immunity or laboratory confirmation of disease
  • diagnosis or verification of a history of varicella disease by a healthcare provider
  • diagnosis or verification of a history of Herpes Zoster (HZ) by a healthcare provider
  • In the absence of above documentation, students are required to obtain a varicella titer. If titer is negative, the student is required to get the vaccine and a follow-up titer is required.
Hepatitis B 
  • proof of immunity is required at completion of series
  • documentation of positive titers or submission of completed and signed Hepatitis B Waiver form.
Tetanus 
  • documentation of Tdap booster received in past 10 years
Tuberculin Tests 
  • documentation of initial two-step tuberculin skin test given 1-3 weeks apart. If two-step is negative, one-step TB is required annually)*.
  • If positive, medical evaluation and documentation of a clear chest x-ray prior to admission to clinical site and annual completion of the Annual Past-Positive TB Screening Form confirming the absence of symptoms by a healthcare provider. If there is evidence of a positive chest x-ray and/or symptoms of TB, please follow-up for medical evaluation.
  • *TB blood tests also called interferon-gamma release assays or IGRAs may be substituted upon validation by a healthcare provider for the two step or annual TST.  Note that small or rural clinics may not accept these results. Two IGRAs are approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA): 
    • QuantiFERON® - TB Gold In-Tube test (QFT-GIT)
    • T-SPOT® TB test (T-Spot)
Influenza
  • one dose of TIV (trivalent) or LAIV (live attenuated) annual vaccination (highly recommended) or signed Influenza Waiver Form to decline seasonal flu vaccine.

Note: Many clinical agencies are requiring evidence of annual vaccination or the wearing of a mask during flu season.


Background Checks

A full Criminal Background Check (CBC) is required and must be completed within 90 days of your first clinical preceptorship. Proof that a Criminal Background Check was obtained must be uploaded in Medatrax prior to being admitted to your first preceptorship. It is the student’s responsibility to make timely arrangements for the background check and to pay all costs associated with such checks. You must keep a copy of the background check for your records AND you are required to send a copy to the Dean, Director or designee at your home campus. Students at APSU, MTSU, TSU, TTU and UofM should send their background check to:

Mr. R. Keith Gipson at APSU -  gipsonr@apsu.edu
Ms. Joan Howell at MTSU -  joan.howell@mtsu.edu
Ms. Belinda Patterson at TSU -  bpatterson@tnstate.edu
Mr. Ben Clark at TTU -  bclark@tntech.edu
Ms. Qunitta Goodin at UofM - qjgoodin@memphis.edu
 
Notes:
  • APSU students are required to use Truescreen for background checks. You must contact R. Keith Gipson at APSU for a link.
  • ETSU students are required to get background checks from Verified Credentials. If you have questions, contact Ms. Kathy Hawks at ETSU.

HIPAA & OSHA Safety Training (required annually)

Prior to starting your first clinical/practicum experience, and on an annual basis thereafter, you must complete and verify completion of the HIPAA and OSHA/Infection Control/Hazardous Materials training. 


Name Tags

Students must purchase and are required to wear name tags during their clinical preceptorship. Name tags can be purchased at an office supply company and should include the following information:

Student Name
Student Home School
Concentration

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Preceptors

Thank you for serving as a preceptor for students in the TN eCampus (formerly Regents Online Campus Collaborative) Master's of Science in Nursing program. Your expertise and guidance is critical to providing our students the opportunity to apply their clinical skills and knowledge as they prepare for their future role as advanced practice nurses. Your service as a preceptor demonstrates a commitment to quality education for our students and to the health and well-being of all they will serve in the future. It simply would not be possible to prepare our graduates for practice without your dedication to and collaboration in this process.  

The MSN program and the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) value your service as a preceptor and welcome your recommendations for making the preceptor role more effective and satisfying. Please feel free to contact the MSN office or the course instructor if you have any questions or concerns. On behalf of all TBR universities, thank you for your service and continued support.


Preceptor Selection

Preceptors are practitioners who agree to facilitate student learning in the application of theory. Clinical/practicum preceptor selections are made based on qualifications, interest and demonstrated commitment to the program. Graduate preceptors should possess the following qualifications and experiences:

  • Master degree, Post-Master certificate or Doctoral degree in fields relevant to the role. Refer to individual areas of concentration for specific preceptorship requirements for Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, FNP and Nursing Informatics majors.
  • Current and unencumbered license in the state of practice
  • Certification in the appropriate area of specialty – if appropriate
  • Practice in a setting that provides experiences appropriate for the development of advanced practice skills and knowledge
  • A minimum of one year experience in a practice role
  • Individuals not meeting the above criteria, but with specialized expertise will be considered on an individual basis
  • Students may not use relatives as preceptors
  • A place of employment or ownership may not be used for a clinical or practicum experience

Preceptor Appointment Agreement

Preceptor agreements are individual arrangements for a particular experience with a specific student for each semester and course. Arrangements will be initiated by the student in consultation with their Concentration Coordinator and/or faculty member, depending upon the concentration and course. Preceptor agreement forms must be completed, signed and submitted to the MSN TN eCampus office.  Copies of these forms will be forwarded by the MSN staff to your Concentration Coordinator for determination of the appropriateness of the placement. The course faculty must give final approval to both the site and the preceptor.  Students using multiple preceptors in a semester must file separate preceptor forms for each preceptor.  If indicated by the Concentration Coordinator, course, faculty or the MSN TN eCampus staff, students have to submit updated preceptor information and/or forms for previously approved preceptors and sites.


Preceptor and Student Roles and Responsibilities

Below is an overview of preceptor and student roles and responsibilities for TN eCampus clinical/practicum courses.

Preceptor Responsibilities
  • Orient students to the practice site and clearly identify specific service and personal expectations.
  • Encourage office and ancillary care staff to be helpful and make the student feel a part of the team.
  • Complete a formal written evaluation of the student's performance and provide written and verbal feedback in a constructive and timely manner.
  • Contact the faculty to discuss issues of concern and poor student performance.
  • Serve as a mentor to assist students in applying their knowledge and building skills to problem-solve patient care.
  • Provide a a variety of patient cases and adequate patient volume.
  • Challenge the student with deliberate and thoughtful questions.
  • Allow the student to participate in patient management to a degree appropriate for the level of education.
  • Sign the student's clinical hours tracking log each day the student is present.
  • Be available on site for assistance during all patient care activities.
  • Share learning resources (texts, computers, etc.) sufficient to increase student knowledge and productivity.
  • Integrate the theory of advanced practice nursing into the clinical experience.
Student Responsibilities
  • Establish a mutually agreeable schedule for clinical time with the preceptor.
  • Come to the clinical experience prepared to perform in accordance with course objectives and assigned learning activities.
  • Demonstrate ability to manage progressively complex situations in accordance with academic progression.
  • Follow policies and procedures at the preceptor site and keep the preceptor informed about cases and learning activities.
  • Function under the Nurse Practice Act statutes and regulations for advanced nursing practice.
  • Participate in conferences with the preceptor and faculty to discuss progress, problems and learning needs.
  • Maintain accurate records of clinical time and experiences.
  • Complete required forms (clinical logs, clinical skills performance forms, etc.) and submit to faculty within designated timeframes.

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HIPAA & OSHA Training

Prior to starting your first clinical/practicum experience, and on an annual basis thereafter, you must complete and verify completion of the HIPAA and OSHA/Infection Control/Hazardous Materials training. Go to www.tnecampus/hipaa-verification-sheet, read the materials, and complete the verification form. Print the verification form or save it to your computer. Upload the document into Medatrax and, if required by your clinical instructor, into your course dropbox.

Additional training may be required for particular sites. Proof of completion is required and must be uploaded in Medatrax.

  • Current CPR Certification for adult, child and infant.
  • The MSN program will accept only American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) Health Care Provider cards.

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Institution Contacts

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