MOLLIE REBECCA POYNTON
  • Associate Professor, College Of Nursing
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Biomedical Informatics Resrch
  • Presidential Scholar
  • Associate Dean for Research and the PhD Program, College Of Nursing

Current Courses

Spring 2018

  • NURS 6950-002
    Independent Study
  • NURS 7100-003
    Research Practicum
  • NURS 7955-005
    Independent Study-DNP
  • NURS 7970-013
    Thesis Research-Ph D

Fall 2017

Summer 2017

Professional Organizations

  • Ambassador Program, Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research. 01/2017 - present. Position : Ambassador.
  • Board of Scientific Counselors, Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, National Library of Medicine. 01/2017 - 12/2018. Position : Chair (2017-2018).
  • Nurse Scientist Translational Interest Research Group (NIH NCATS sponsored working group). 08/2016 - present. Position : Member.
  • Alliance for Nursing Informatics Emerging Leaders Program. 01/2016 - 12/2018. Position : Mentor.
  • Academy of Health Sciences Educators. 01/2016 - present. Position : Member.
  • NEXUS Systems, Leadership, Informatics and Policy Cluster Group. 01/2015 - 12/2016. Position : Member.
  • American Medical Informatics Association. 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015. Position : Member.
  • Utah Nursing Informatics Network. 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015. Position : President.
  • Alliance for Nursing Informatics. 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015. Position : Steering Committee - Elected Member.
  • American Nurses Association. 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015. Position : Member.
  • American Academy of Nursing. 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015. Position : Fellow.
  • Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015. Position : Member.
  • Board of Scientific Counselors, Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, National Library of Medicine. 01/2014 - 12/2018. Position : Member.
  • PCORI (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute). 01/2014 - present. Position : Reviewer Pool.
  • Alliance for Nursing Informatics. 01/2013 - 12/2016. Position : Steeering Committee Member at-large (national elected position).

Teaching Philosophy

I design coursework to meet specific and practical learning objectives through a variety of teaching methods. I believe problem solving and active learning lead to the best learning outcomes, and so I mix student-led activities and practical, problem-based learning exercises with lecture content. My courses typically involve at least one group assignment or activity because real-world informatics projects require interdisciplinary teamwork. I enjoy teaching online, and my preference to design courses with a mix of online asynchronous learning and synchronous, in-person class meetings.

Courses I Teach

  • N6004 - Intro to Information & Information Technology
    Introductory graduate course in information management focusing on the theoretical basis of information and technology with an emphasis on management and processing of clinical data, information, and knowledge. The emphasis of this course is on the use of information and technology in health care and nursing practice. Structured data and processes are addressed. Information technologies use in nursing practice are explored. Issues that impact clinical practice and administrative decision are explore
  • NURS 6802/ BMI 6300 - Clinical Decision Support/ Medical Decision Making
    Decision-making theories and strategies related to clinical reasoning discussed. Methods of computer support for different reasoning strategies in clinical settings presented.
  • NURS 6805 - Seminar Practicum in Clinical Informatics
    This course focuses on the integration of informatics course content into an informatics experience in a work setting. The goal of the course is to provide synthesis of informatics course content, requisite competencies and actual role expectations. The experience is designed to help students transition into the workplace and prepare them future informatics positions.
  • NURS 6815 - Clinical/ Nursing Informatics Practicum
    Synthesis experience in organizations and agencies with ongoing clinical information activities. Integration of clinical informatics content, skills, and role expectation in a clinical informatics environment is emphasized. Laboratory sessions provide an opportunity for analysis of and reflection on clinical experiences.
  • NURS 6817 - Knowledge Discovery in Databases
    This course emphasizes health care applications and issues of Knowledge Discovery in Databases (KDD) at an introductory level. The entire KDD process is explored, including creation of target data sets, pre-processing, data mining, pattern interpretation and evaluation, corresponding with the Fayyad model of the KDD process. Lecture and practical exercises survey data mining methods for classification, prediction, rule induction, clustering, and attribute sub-set selection. Later in the course, emphasis shifts to critical analysis of KDD applications in health care.