the nurse leader as a knowledge worker
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Nursing informatics is defined by the American Nurses Association as the “specialty that integrates nursing science with multiple information management and analytical sciences to identify, define, manage, and communicate data, information, knowledge, and wisdom in nursing practice” (American Nurses Association, 2015). As technology advances, so does accessibility to resources that can help increase patient care. Nursing informatics allows multiple healthcare providers to easily access real-time data, which in turns increases productivity and more efficient care. Being able to input and access data instantly helps healthcare providers plan and implement orders faster (Laureate Education, 2012e).
Wakefield’s article on quality chasm outlines ten rules to help restructure health care. Two rules stood out most to me in regards to this discussion. One is the “shared knowledge and a free flow of information” (Wakefield, 2008, p. 10). This directly ties in with nursing informatics and how patient information is easily accessible to healthcare providers and the patient with up to date. One major ay of collecting data in a psychiatry setting is through communication.
I just recently switched from a paper charting facility to a computerized charting using MEDITECH. It’s an old version of technology but it makes data and its analysis easier. For me personally, it was an easy transition and I think it is more proficient. This makes it easier to catch any trends in the decrease of patient status . MEDITECH is harder for the older nurses to utilize and when the system is in downtime, new nurses don’t know how to utilize paper charting too at my old place of work and are completely lost in how to continue administrating medications and carrying out orders. In my facility patient are rounded on every 15 minutes to maintain the safety of the patients. My facility will benefit from a technology called Invisalert which is a proven compliance technology that validates that your patients are being checked. Easy-to-use observation system that immediately improves patient safety. Helps staff efficiently manage their required around-the-clock patient checks. Technology and nursing practices advance together hand in hand. As more knowledge and information is gathered, practices can be improved. However, changes should always be evidence-based, rather than just assuming certain protocols will succeed.
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Wakefield, M.K. (2008). The quality chasm series: Implications for nursing. In R.G. Hughes (Ed.), Patient safety and quality: An evidence-based handbook for nurses (Vol. 1, p. 47-66). Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Week 1 NURS 6051 discussion response #2 to Semiloore Arekele
Your post caught my attention, considering that we also utilize MEDITECH in our hospital. And you are on point in your opinion that it is more challenging for the older nurses, but during downtime, the new nurses find it difficult to do the paper charting. Ultimately though, electronic charting has brought about positive changes as we spend less time documenting, and the physicians and providers have timely access to vital patient information. The integration of nursing science and technology in nursing informatics is indeed beneficial in the management and communication of data in nursing practice (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2017). The nursing science knowledge that we learned in school is not replaced but only enhanced with technology in our application as we care for our patients.
At present, our hospital is training us in the use of iMobile. Again, this is being implemented with the goal of the improvement and timely coordination among the entire healthcare team in the care of our patients. The use of iMobile will bring about a fast escalation of critical results of our patients to nurses, physicians, and providers that have proven to save lives. The enhancement in technology in nursing or nursing informatics has provided us with tools that not only it is convenient for us nurses but has also afforded positive patient outcomes (Laureate Education, 2018).
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