KATHERINE A SWARD
  • Professor, College Of Nursing
801-585-1481

Current Courses

Fall 2022

  • NURS-7980
    Faculty Consultation
  • NURS-6975
    Masters Project
  • NURS-6980
    Faculty Consultation
  • BMI-6950
    Special Topics

Summer 2022

Spring 2022

Professional Organizations

  • 2019 - present. Position : Member.
  • 2019 - present. Position : Member.
  • 2019 - present. Position : Member.
  • 2019 - present. Position : Member.
  • 2018 - present. Position : Member.
  • 2017 - present. Position : Fellow.
  • 2017 - present. Position : Fellow.
  • 2000 - present. Position : Member.
  • 2000 - present. Position : Member.
  • 1998 - present. Position : Member, President.
  • 1998 - present. Position : President.
  • 1997 - present. Position : Member.
  • 1997 - present. Position : Member.
  • 1981 - present. Position : Member.
  • 1981 - present. Position : Member.
  • 1981 - present. Position : Member.
  • 1981 - present. Position : Member.

Practice History

  • 10 years experience as clinical RN in med-surg, short-stay, and ICU areas; ranging from small rural hospital to mid-size community hospital to large tertiary-care academic medical center. Prior experience as a nurses aide in a rural nursing home. College of Nursing. 1980 - 1990 .

Teaching Philosophy

I view teaching as a co-constructive, collaborative process. I love interacting with students, and find that I learn something new in every class I teach. I enjoy exploring new ideas and the unique perspective each student brings to class. I primarily teach in the graduate nursing informatics specialty program. Informatics is both a nursing specialty and a transdisciplinary science, melding perspectives and techniques from diverse disciplines including clinical healthcare, cognitive and behavioral science, computer science, linguistics, and others. This provides a richness to the field that I try to convey to students as they establish a professional identity within informatics. The courses I teach fit with my research in data and knowledge management, decision support systems, clinician interaction with computer systems, and informatics methods and tools that support clinical research. I include a variety of activities, discussions, journaling, and hands on experience in my courses. I prefer to use a "mastery" approach especially with technology-intensive courses, and tend to use flexible, formative reviews of assignment drafts more often than summative tests. I recognize that students come to my courses with a considerable body of experience and skills, and encourage them to collaborate with their peers and share their interests and expertise. I strive to keep courses current, updating content & teaching methods at least yearly. I encourage feedback on my courses, and continue to learn about and implement innovations in teaching/learning theory and practice.

Courses I Teach

  • NURS-7980 - Faculty Consultation
  • NURS-6975 - Masters Project
  • NURS-6980 - Faculty Consultation
  • BMI-6950 - Special Topics
  • NURS-6803 - Clin Database Design
  • NURS-6702 - Fdn of Hlth Informatics
  • BMI-6950 - Special Topics
  • NURS-6702 - Fdn of Hlth Informatics
  • NURS-6702 - Fdn of Hlth Informatics
  • NURS-6803 - Clin Database Design
  • NURS-6803 - Clin Database Design
  • NURS-6803 - Clin Database Design
  • BMI-7902 - BMI Practicum
  • NURS-7980 - Faculty Consultation

Student Projects

  • Research Platform for Research with Sensors (UROP). Alec Parent. 2020 - 2020