Nursing Informatics

Unit code: HNO6006 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Victoria University Online


This unit will enable students to take leading roles in digital healthcare to ensure technology is designed and used effectively to enhance their capacity to deliver superior and safer care. Students will learn about and practice health informatics skills to assess the usability of information systems and their alignment to nursing workflow, patient safety and information needs. By developing skills in data analytics and examining the adoption of nursing data standards including interoperability issues, students will analyse complex problems and formulate contextualised responses. Students will also examine issues related to the protection of privacy, confidentiality and security of health information and consider the potential usefulness of social networking tools in communicating health-related information.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Review healthcare information systems, electronic health records and Telehealth, and examine their use in the delivery of nursing care;
  2. Debate issues related to evidenced-based nursing data capture and standards, retrieval and reuse into nursing practice in a selected domain of nursing;
  3. Explore relevant databases and find analytical solutions to the presentation of nurse-sensitive data in a selected domain of nursing;
  4. Adapt and deliberate informatics concepts and approaches as they relate to specific biomedical and healthcare problems; and
  5. Investigate the utility of social media within the contexts of consumer health information, client education and professional practice.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 10%
Health Care Information Systems (500 words)
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 40%
Health informatics for nursing workflow, patient safety and information needs (2000 words)
Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 50%
Clinical decision support systems for a vulnerable patient (2500 words)

Required reading

Selected readings will be made available via the unit VU Collaborate site.

As part of a course

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