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University to offer first nursing informatics program in Texas

Monday September 16, 2013
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The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing will begin to offer the first Texas-based nursing informatics master of science in nursing program in 2014. The program is designed to fill a critical gap for advanced nursing education and provide expertise in informatics in today's technology-driven healthcare environments.

The online program will require occasional travel to the Lubbock, Texas, campus for field experience. The first class will begin in spring 2014. "The MSN in Nursing Informatics will prepare nurses to be leaders in information technology, experts in data management and clinical analytics and project managers for technology development," Barbara Cherry, RN, DNSc, MBA, NEA-BC, department chair for leadership studies in the school of nursing, said in a news release.

Master's-prepared nursing informatics specialists will be equipped to step into interprofessional teams to address patient safety and quality supported by technology, Program Director Susan McBride, RN-BC, PhD, CPHIMS, said in the release. This master's degree will prepare graduates to focus on clinical informatics in a quality improvement model of care.

"In addition to these roles, key competencies in adoption, implementation and evaluation of electronic health records will be emphasized," McBride said in the release. "Core concepts of this program will be point-of-care technology, quality, safety and interprofessionalism integrated with intense clinical field experience in the later stages of specialty courses."

For information, email the Student Affairs Office at songrad@ttuhsc.edu or call 806-743-2573 or 806-743-2762.


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