NR 361 AACN Essentials Informatics Self-Assessment

NR 361 AACN Essentials Informatics Self-Assessment

NR 361 AACN Essentials Informatics Self-Assessment

The rendering of healthcare service entails an all encompassing approach to the patient’s queries and needs.  As a healthcare professional, I was at first unaware of the functions and the potential applications of informatics in the field until I took the AACN Self- assessment (score was  24) which inadvertently led to my understanding of its relevance in today’s healthcare needs.  As per definition,  “Informatics has been viewed as an integral factor in the delivery of quality healthcare service”. Consequently, the need for a dynamic healthcare system that vividly anchors culturally appropriate scientific breakthroughs for continuous improvement and innovation (Hebda et al., 2018). Correspondingly, I was fully unaware of how technology could be incorporated to the clinical practice and to what extent it could be applied on. Despite these perceptual shortcomings, the admittance of the AACN self-assessment was essential in my realization that there is indeed a great room for applicability and improvement.  Although I am not entirely proficient in delving into the technicalities of IT processes, I am learning to appreciate the significance of this undertaking. Hopefully, I will be able to fully grasp the concepts embedded within each lessons and apply them into my work as a healthcare professional. Also, I am looking forward to be able to understand how each of the medical apparatus, the patient identification system, IV pumps and the electronic health records rely on the efficient management of Information technology.

References

 

American Association Colleges of Nursing (2008). The essentials of baccalaureate education for professional nursing practice. http://www.aacn.nche.edu/education-resources/baccessentials08.pdf/(Links to an external site

Hebda, T., Hunter, K., & Czar, P.(2018). Handbook of Informatics for nurses and healthcare professionals. NY, NY: Pearson.

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I’ve been a Registered Nurse for a little over six months, everyday at work I’m learning something new or a quicker way of doing certain things. But I barely found out the role of informatics. “Informatics is an essential component of healthcare today. The Institute of Medicine (2013a) noted its vision for the development of a continuously learning health system in which science, informatics, incentives, and culture are aligned for continuous improvement and innovation, and new knowledge is captured as a by-product of care processes.” (Hebda, Hunter, Czar, 2019)Everyday at work I was implementing informatics and didn’t realize it. In doing the AACN, I have very little knowledge of the field, but reading the assigned chapters gave me another point of view in healthcare. I did not score that high, I received a 22 , but hopefully as the weeks go by in the class, I’ll gain a better understanding of the role in informatics in nursing. Using the iv pumps while medicating a patient, using the electronic health record in documenting and looking up orders, and charting notes all fall under informatics. Hopefully by the end of the eight weeks, I’ll double my scores.

 

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). (2008). The essentials of baccalaureate education for professional nursing practice. Washington, DC: AACN. Retrieved from http://www.aacn.nche.edu/education-resources/baccessentials08.pdf/Links to an external site.

Hebda, T., Hunter, K., & Czar, P. (2018). Handbook of informatics for nurses and healthcare professionals. NY, NY: Pearson.

I scored a 31 on the AACN Essentials Self-Assessment. I have been a nurse for 4 years, I still consider myself a new

NR 361 AACN Essentials Informatics Self-Assessment
NR 361 AACN Essentials Informatics Self-Assessment

nurse because I’ve only worked in one specialty. There are many specialties that I am not familiar with and still learning. My current knowledge base in informatics is information literacy. “Information literacy builds on computer literacy and refers to a user’s ability to identify information needed for a specific purpose, locate pertinent information, evaluate the information, and apply it correctly” (Hebda, Hunter, & Czar, 2019 p. 36). I am able to navigate information systems to find needed information and apply in my nursing care. I am still learning how to communicate the data into knowledge. The area that I need the most improvement is “participating in evaluation of information systems in practice settings through policy and procedure development” (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2008 p. 19). In the self-assessment I gave myself a poor in this area because I don’t have any experience related to this. Ways I can improve in this area are taking this course, being more involved with the development of policy and procedure in my agency, and continuing to learn by practicing nursing. “The use of health information technology will foster and support nurses in providing health care and improving its quality” (Samadbeik, Shahrokhi, Saremian, Garavand, & Birjandi, 2017 p. 381). Nursing is a field that is always changing and growing. Nurses are continuously learning to improve their skills and knowledge this will ensure that patients receive the best quality care possible.

References

American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2008). The essentials of baccalaureate education for professional nursing practicehttp://www.aacn.nche.edu/education-resources/baccessentials08.pdf/Links to an external site.

Hebda, T., Hunter, K., & Czar, P. (2019). Handbook of informatics for nurses & healthcare professionals (6th ed.). Pearson.

Samadbeik, M., Shahrokhi, N., Saremian, M., Garavand, A., & Birjandi, M. (2017). Information Processing in Nursing Information Systems: An Evaluation Study from a Developing Country. Iranian Journal of Nursing & Midwifery Research22(5), 377. https://chamberlainuniversity.idm.oclc.org/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=edb&AN=127038106&site=eds-live&scope=siteLinks to an external site.

Learning to communicate data into knowledge is an ongoing process for us because technology is and will always be changing in our profession. I also found myself needing improvement in the “Participating in the evaluation of information systems in practice settings through policy and procedure development”. I would like to take more classes to familiarize myself with the different systems available out there and the differences between them. It is exciting that we get to work in a field where things are always changing. Nursing certainly is not a mundane profession. We are constantly growing in experience and knowledge. It is so important that we are open and enthusiastic about change, to be encouraging to our peers as well. My hospital changed our system over to Epic last year. Many nurses were very apprehensive about it. Some seasoned nurses even opted to retire early just so they would not have to go through the process. It was quite different from the system we were previously using. The classes were extremely helpful, and I learned so much. I found that the support of my peers and the encouragement we gave one another was helpful. We developed a supportive culture for change and growth. I can see the benefit now of the change in many ways related to my practice, but I particularly appreciate the efficiency of interdisciplinary communication.

You said it nursing is ever changing and growing which is the best part about being a nurse. I love the fact that we continuously learn and improve daily. It really shocked me during the transition to EPIC that some nurses were so apprehensive.  “NISs help nurses to provide better care to patients and the possibility of assessment and exchange of clinical information with other health care providers” (Samadbeik, Shahrokhi, Saremian, Garavand, & Birjandi, 2017 p. 381). Information systems are designed to improve patient center care, reduce nursing workloads, and improve coordination of care. That is why I was shocked that nurses didn’t want to learn and implement these systems. As a patient advocate it is a part of our job to give quality care so why would nurses not want to be a part of that. I understand that it is a process to learn computers for some but with peer encouragement and help it goes a long way. Thank you for your response.

References

Samadbeik, M., Shahrokhi, N., Saremian, M., Garavand, A., & Birjandi, M. (2017). Information Processing in Nursing Information Systems: An Evaluation Study from a Developing Country. Iranian Journal of Nursing & Midwifery Research22(5), 377. https://chamberlainuniversity.idm.oclc.org/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=edb&AN=127038106&site=eds-live&scope=site