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Archived Version 2022 - 2023

Module Title Nursing Informatics, Management & Leadership
Module Code NS441
School 38

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorDr Mary KellyOffice NumberH122H
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The increasing development of eHealth in national service delivery requires nursing graduates to have attained entry to practice informatics competencies to optimise leadership and management of professional practice. As an enabler, information and communication technology contributes to quality of service delivery, co-ordination of care and patient safety. Supporting leadership and management, this module builds on formative informatics skills developed in years 1-3 and provides students with competencies and knowledge to deliver patient centered care underpinned by effective practice based research. This module will also examine contemporary management and leadership issues which impact on nursing contexts. Students will explore and debate approaches to management and leadership within nursing and healthcare organisations and examine how they influence their role as nurses within this context.

Learning Outcomes

1. Develop an understanding of the principles of using ICT applications, in vitro diagnostic medical devices and other smart devices for delivery of nursing care and management of patient centric health information
2. Analyse contemporary management and leadership issues in nursing and their implications for practice.
3. Analyse the impact that health informatics, eHealth and the digital patient will have on management and leadership issues within nursing.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture21Face to face lecture and online
Seminars3Supplementary exchange of information relating to module (face to face)
Directed learning101Independed study
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Professional regulation of nursing practice in Ireland: the role and function of An Bord Altranais

Fitness to practice

Theories of management and leadership

Methods of care delivery in nursing

Motivation in the workplace

Maintaining quality of care in nursing practice

Career development

The scope of professional nursing practice

Professional accountability

Professional responsibility

Maintaining professional competence


Nursing Informatics

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • Marquis, B. and Huston, C: 2020, Leadership Roles and Management Functions in Nursing, 10th, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins London, 978-1-9751-39
  • An Bord Altranais: 2015, Scope of Practice for Nursing and Midwifery Framework, An Bord Altranais, Dublin,
  • Masters, K: 2017, Role Development in Professional Nursing Practice, Jones and Bartlett, London,
  • An Bord Altranais: 2020, Guidance to Nurses and Midwives on Medication Management., An Bord Altranais., Dublin.,
  • An Bord Altranais: 2018, Practice Standards for Nurses and Midwives with Prescriptive Authority,, An Bord Altranais., Dublin,
  • 2020: Management Theory and Practice, 9th Edition, 230010
  • 2015: An Introduction to Nursing Informatics, 4th, 230011
  • 2016: Evidence-Based Health Informatics - Promoting Safety and Efficiency Through Scientific Methods and Ethical Policy,, IOS,
Other Resources

43850, Web resource, 0, Code of Conduct, http://www.nursingboard.ie/en/code/new-code.aspx, 43851, Link to HIQA, 0, Health Information and Quality Authority, http://www.hiqa.ie/, 43852, Link to Mental Health Commission, 0, Mental Health Commission, http://www.mhcirl.ie/,
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