Nursing & the Healthcare System

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Course Description:
This course is an introduction to current healthcare delivery systems on local, regional, national, and global levels. Concepts of managed care, case management, reimbursement, legal/ethical risk management, quality outcomes, diversity and complexity of population at risk, and conservation of resources are emphasized.


Course Details


Trilla Mays


Required textbooks/ course materials:

Nelson, Ramona & Staggers, Nancy. (2018).   Health Informatics: An Interprofessional Approach, 2nd edition. Elsevier.  ISBN:  9780323402316


Assignment/course outline:

See first-day handout.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

N1: Apply effective interpersonal relationship and leadership skills in the management concepts, decision making, delegation, and provision of high quality nursing care in a variety of settings.

N2: Critically evaluate evidences-based findings from various sources, determine relevance and application to improve patient outcomes.

N3: Evaluate needs within various practices including acute care, long term care, and community settings and formulate teaching plans based on identified issues, and improved health care delivery.

N4: Serve as a change agent and client advocate in the practice of professional nursing with individuals, families, groups, and communities.

N5: Apply the nursing professional role and foundation, to promote effective teambuilding in the delivery of health teaching and counseling skills throughout the lifespan of the client.

N6: Identify and deliver culturally sensitive care to diverse populations served within various practice settings.

Professional Standards

Healthy People 2030

National Patient Safety Goals

ACEN Standards


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Explain the evolution of the health care systems in the United States.

Identify the social, legal, and economic factors that affect the delivery of healthcare.

Explain the development of health information professions from its beginnings until the present and into the future.

Utilize select theories that guide the application of informatics in health care and health education.

Identify and describe the regulations of health care, including government and non-government entities.

N1-N6 for all

Writing Assignment, Report/Presentation, Discussion Board for all learning outcomes


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

The instructor will assign and provide feedback on the following assignments, which are based on the reading assignments from the textbook: discussions, Timeline assignment, PowerPoint presentation, a Go Live Plan, and a formal paper.


Alternate Grading Scale

This course uses an alternate grading system that differs from the college-wide grading scale. The following scale indicates a student's standing in the course:
A – 90 – 100
B – 80 – 89
C – 75 – 79
D – 60 – 74
F – 59 or less

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