Minnesota Nursing magazine

Innovative nursing informatics education options

The Center for Nursing Informatics continues to innovate in education. In addition to offering the “Interprofessional Health Informatics Course” as a regular graduate level course, a comparable course is offered through Coursera. The Coursera course is offered on demand, without charge, and with a certificate of completion if desired for a small fee. “Interprofessional Healthcare Informatics” is a graduate-level, hands-on interactive exploration of real informatics tools and techniques offered by the University of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota’s National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. It incorporates technologyenabled educational innovations to bring the subject matter to life.

A similar course is offered for professional development through the AMIA 10 x 10 program. The course is offered four times per year and completion of this online course results in 56.25 ANCC contact hours. Students completing the AMIA 10 x 10 course and then later choosing a graduate degree in nursing can petition out of the required graduate level course without additional charge. Check out the Nursing Informatics Education and Resources page to learn more.

Fall event

The center is hosting a community event to engage community members, students and faculty interested in nursing informatics on Oct. 13. The focus of the meeting is to share student practicum and career opportunities for nurse informaticians. Learn about the Big Data Science Expert Groups and how you can become involved. Health system and corporate partners also will share the exciting work they are doing and how that is relevant for students and graduates alike. Register here.


Bonnie Westra

Center Director

Bonnie Westra, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI


To lead the discovery, application, and cutting edge thinking for nursing informatics scholarship to improve the health of individuals and communities. Center members discover and employ innovative methods of informatics research; use standardized nursing terminologies and essential minimum data sets; and apply research methods to clinical and other information systems.

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