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King University DNP Student Jessica Belnap Published in Clinical Scholars Review

BRISTOL, Tenn., Oct. 15, 2015 – Jessica Belnap, MSN, RN, BSN, ADN, is on the frontlines of the nursing profession. Her article, “Scratching the Surface: Utilizing Informatics in Education” was published in the October 2015 edition of Clinical Scholars Review: The Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice.

Belnap serves as a full-time Nursing faculty member of Pellissippi State Community College and as an adjunct Nursing faculty member of King University. To better serve her patients and students, Belnap is currently enrolled in King University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program as a DNP candidate.

As part of King’s DNP program, Belnap took a course on Nursing Informatics taught by Dr. Rhonda Morgan DNP, MSN, RN, CCNS, CEN, CNRN, APN, associate dean for Graduate Studies Nursing and associate professor for the King University School of Nursing. Belnap penned a paper for the course discussing how information technology not only benefits healthcare but also benefits healthcare education. She commented, “As more information becomes available through the use of Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) and Electronic Healthcare Records (EHR), professors in health-related fields will be better equipped to teach the students and provide them with a more accurate picture of what to expect.

Upon completion of the paper, Dr. Morgan suggested Belnap publish the piece. After submitting the article to Clinical Scholars Review: The Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, they agreed to publish the piece entitled “Scratching the Surface: Utilizing Informatics in Education.”

“Jessica Belnap is the student whose questions are often as astute as her answers,” said Dr. Morgan. “She pushes ahead to the next level, bringing thought-provoking challenges to faculty as well as fellow students. Jessica possesses a talent that brings curiosity the ordinary and scientific inquiry to much, yet to be discovered.”

In her article, Belnap discusses both the impact of informatics on the field of healthcare and the inclusion of informatics by academia. “The healthcare system continues to evolve and develop new ways to provide for quality patient care,” added Belnap. “Many new platforms are being integrated into the current system, or will be implemented within the next few years, that will grossly change the way health care is performed and delivered. Consequently, healthcare workers will need to be proficient in using these various platforms. Nursing educators must, therefore, have a strong understanding of the emerging technologies, and be able to implement the use of research and EHRs, as well as provide students with updated information on diseases and appropriate interventions. Data analytics will provide educators the necessary tools to teach nursing students the most current evidence-based practice. Transparency between all healthcare arenas will enable new information to be relayed quickly and appropriately.”

To read Jessica Belnap’s article in this month’s Clinical Scholars Journal, visit For additional information on King University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program, visit


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