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University of Minnesota

Leadership in Interprofessional Informatics

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In this course, students in the health and information technology professions will examine models for interprofessional collaboration and teamwork, practice communication techniques to promote effective interaction, and envision futures literacy in interprofessional informatics scenarios. We will hear from nurses and other informaticians who are leading and working interprofessionally, and glean insights from their diverse perspectives. When we think about the requisite variety of leadership skills that are essential in nursing informatics, we may deduce that leadership in interprofessional informatics will demand at least that diversity or more. We’ll expand our nursing informatics leadership vision to include interprofessional applications of the Competing Values Framework and the Minnesota Nursing Informatics Leadership Inventory.

For students who are interested in completing the specialization, there is a sixth module in this course dedicated to the creation of a portfolio which is peer reviewed. The purpose of the portfolio is to help students integrate, synthesize and document their learning through completion of the five course specialization.

Students will:
Define the term interprofessionality to support the development of an interprofessional informatics leadership skill set

Describe how the competing values framework supports knowledge leadership and interprofessional informatics practice to achieve collective impact in health care contexts

Explain the core competencies expected to support culturally-sensitive interprofessional practice to deepen leadership insights in interprofessional informatics

Discuss selected policy, practice, and standardization issues related to knowledge representation and framing to support interprofessional informatics practice

Analyze the future of interprofessional informatics leadership to develop an anticipatory leadership skill set


  • The Who What When Where and Why of Leadership in Interprofessional Informatics
    • Nursing informatics leaders need both content expertise in current nursing informatics topics and diverse leadership skills that can be applied as needed in different situations. We also need awareness of our own nursing informatics culture and perspective, so that we can be aware and sensitive to similarities and differences across the health and technology professions with whom we join as we tackle interprofessional informatics projects and leadership.
  • Team Fundamentals
    • Whether you are leading an interprofessional informatics team, or co-leading an organization with other interprofessional leaders, or co-leading a team with other team members, the same team fundamentals apply. Many scholars have studied team interactions and the wisdom of teamwork is required across all types of teams in diverse settings. In this module, we examine team structures and the fundamental elements and behaviors that ensure success.
  • Team Evolution and Dynamics
    • In this module, we consider team evolution and dynamics, building on the foundational concepts we discussed in Module 2. As teams Establish trust and Create an environment of Psychological Safety, team members can overcome the challenges of cultural differences and expectations, and begin to align with a new identity – that of the team.
  • Theory of Collective Impact for Interprofessional Informatics Leadership Success
  • The Future of Interprofessional Informatics Leadership
  • Building Your Nursing Informatics Leadership Portfolio
    • In this final module, you have an opportunity to review and reflect the learning in this specialization. Three activities will support your development of a Nursing Informatics Leadership Portfolio: Compile Materials, Write a Reflection Paper and receive Peer Review Feedback and finally you have an option to write a letter from your Future Self.

Taught by

Karen Monsen, Ph.D., RN, FAAN and Daniel J. Pesut, Ph.D., RN, FAAN


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