NR 361 AACN Essentials Informatics Self-Assessment

NR 361 AACN Essentials Informatics Self-Assessment

NR 361 AACN Essentials Informatics Self-Assessment

I can not believe this session is over! I wish everyone nothing but the best of luck while achieving their dreams in the healthcare profession = )

This course has led me to understand that informatics is used all throughout the health care industry, as it utilizes ” …basic computer skills, information literacy and information management which are essential components of current nursing practice” (Foster, 2017). Looking back on my previous score of the AACN Essentials Self-Assessment, I scored a 29.  The one topic I did not score well on was “…evaluation of information systems in practice settings through policy and procedure development” (AACN, 2008). However, after learning more about informatics in healthcare, my score has went up to 31. It is not a big jump, but it has improved, which I wish to continue to improve throughout my nursing career.

Through this session I have gained more of an understanding how I can have an impact on my facility by  using informatics to amend previous or implement new policies and procedures, specifically when it comes to patient safety (Hebda et al., 2019, p. 6). I can use my new found knowledge to look closer and the technology that is used, including mobile devices, electronic medical records (EMR), etc. and see how it impacts patient safety and quality of care. I feel more comfortable in knowing I can use this information to bring up to the Quality Improvement team and know I can help improve patient care.

References

American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2008). The essentials of baccalaureate education for professional nursing practicehttp://www.aacnnursing.org/Education-Resources/AACN-EssentialsLinks to an external site.

Foster, M., Sethares, K., (2017). Current strategies to implement informatics into the nursing curriculum: An integrative review. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics. 21(3). doi: 10899758

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

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Thanks for your wishes and best of luck to you to. I really enjoy reading your progress in AACN Essential self assessment. I also agree with you that information system through practice setting in poly and procedures is also one area that i lack as well. As i have learned over the course i have improved as well. It is important that us as nurses understand the policies and procedures to better assist our patient and provide competent care. Technology and the way we use it can make a difference in the way we deliver care. As indicated in our textbooks ”It is a valuable resource that differentiates the informatics nurse specialist (INS) as an RN with formal, graduate-level education in informatics or a related field (a specialist in the field of nursing informatics) from the nurse informaticist (NI), who is an RN with an interest or experience in an informatics field but who is actually a generalist (Hebda et al., 2019).” Thank you and best of luck.

Reference:

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

Upon completing this post-class self-assessment, my score increased by 3 points when compared to my previous self-assessment score. My scores have improved in the “Demonstrate skills in using patient care technologies, information systems, and communication devices that support safe nursing practice” and the “Use standardized terminology in a care environment that reflects nursing’s unique contribution to patient outcomes” sections.

This class has sparked an interest in informatics in nursing. I am a fan of technology and the implementation of new products that help in providing patient care. I foresee myself joining committees at my hospitals whenever a new piece of technology is being introduced.

My score improved from 35 to 38. I most improved in the areas of ‘participate in evaluation of information systems

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

in practice settings through policy and procedure development’ and ‘use telecommunication technologies to assist in effective communication in a variety of healthcare settings’. We have recently implemented a secure chat system in Epic, so I can instant message providers and it reduces the number of pages i have to send and reduces the time it takes to get the orders I need. This definitely streamlines my work, and makes patient’s happier that they don’t have to wait too long for their medication or whatever need they have.

While I don’t do much with policy and procedure development, I can give feedback on how a new practice or system is working for me. When the secure chat system was first implemented, it was a little over used and not used in the proper way. Some things aren’t appropriate for the chat, like urgent labs or abnormal vitals. I often use it for fyi updates or simple medication requests such as tylenol. I gave feedback on how it was working for me and how I decided what was appropriate to use it for, and that was taken into account when they were defining how to use the chat.

My score has improved as well and the assisting in communication and the evaluation of the information system were areas that I improved in. I believe all nurses should definitely share their experiences with the systems to help improve them. I encountered several of our nurses in surgery that had encountered issues with EPIC when it was first introduced but did not tell anyone. The users input is of vital importance to the successful and long term use of the system. Good Luck with your program.

My score improved from a 22 to a 37 and I’m quite surprised that it jumped that much. Coming into this class, I had very little knowledge of the term informatics and taking this class I’m more confident in the field. I’ve been able to access more information about the subject at work and got to know a little more as to what an informatics nurse does each and every day. “Sharing health information, otherwise known as health information exchange (HIE), provides a means to reduce redundant tests, improve quality of care, and improve public confidence”. (Hebda, Hunter, & Czar, 2019)

 

I’ll be using the information from this class to help improve patient outcomes and increase patient satisfaction. No one likes to get exams or being put in a big machine for no reason. With the help of the health care providers, we’ ’all be able to get these patients quick results with less time waiting and out the door so they can go back to their regular routines,

 

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

Great post, lots of good points!   It is so true that no ones like unnecessary testing… patients, clinicians, insurances companies!!!  Using evidence is the foundation for nursing science (Hebda et al., 2019).  Although prior to this class, we probably all had a good understanding of evidence based practice, now I know I personally feel more confident in how I apply that knowledge.  I’m excited to share the things I have learned with my co-workers and to apply it to my practice.  I went into this class thinking that I knew a good bit from touching on informatics in other courses, yet I have learned so much!   The Milestone projects were very helpful in creating ways to educate patients.   As we progress though our careers, I think we will find that the world of technology will continue to grow as an asset to the education we provide.  Having taken this course, we will be prepared to embrace the changes and apply them to high quality care.

Good Luck as you continue your BSN journey!

Reference:

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