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


Julie Smith, DNP



Required textbooks/ course materials:

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

American Psychological Association (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). Washington, D. C.: American Psychological Association. ISBN: 9781433532185


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


The standing of a student in each course is expressed by one of the following letters and corresponding grading system:
A – 90 – 100
B – 80 – 89
C – 75 – 79
D – 60 – 74
F – 59 or less


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.
(N1-N6, See above)

Identify the social, legal, and economic factors that affect the delivery of healthcare.
(N1-N6, See above)

Explain the development of health information professions from its beginnings until the present and into the future.
(N1-N6, See above)

Utilize select theories that guide the application of informatics in health care and health education.
(N1-N6, See above)

Identify and describe the regulations of health care, including government and non-government entities.
(N1-N6, See above)


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


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

Timeline 10%
Discussion Board Participation 30%
Power Point Presentation 10%
4107 Proctored Quiz 30%
Go Live Plan 5%
Final Paper 15%

See first-day handout for further information.


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