Assignment: Nurse Leader as Knowledge Worker

Assignment: Nurse Leader as Knowledge Worker

Assignment: Nurse Leader as Knowledge Worker

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Knowledge work is all about implementing a divergent and convergent thinking to help in answering all the complex and simple questions that arise daily in workplace. By knowledge worker being innovative ,it is easier to come up with a better or new way that helps in doing things (Shujahat, 2019). Additionally ,their increased specialized role leads to high expectation making the autonomy a necessary aspect in their daily work as compared to managers.

Question Description
Hi, so this assignment has to be based off of the discussion post secenario below:

The scenario of applying informatics within nursing relates to patient care management. The details of the scenario entail a visit to a healthcare facility by a patient seeking the services of cervical cancer screening. In the interaction between the patient and doctor, the latter conducting the cervical cancer diagnosis notices that the patient had previously undergone similar screening processes in a different facility. Considering the situation, the doctor must seek the patient’s records from the hospital where the diagnosis process was taken and thus guide the current process that the patient will undergo. The previously tested conditions of the patients could complicate the ongoing screening process if they do not take into account. Undertaking a cervical screening could lead to adverse effects if the history of the patient is not assessed clearly. Consequently, the doctor is bound to analyze the patient’s data retrieved from Electronic Health Records (EHR). The data comes along with screens results, clinical notes, and other relevant data associated with the patient.

From the transfer of the data, knowledge of somewhat can be retrieved from the process. Alternatively, the doctor could have opted to use other approaches, such as text messaging. Additionally, the application of fax could be useful in showing the history of the patient regarding the patient’s health condition. The statement revealed by the fax could be critical in guiding the screening and formulation of the treatment schedule (Murphy et al., 2017). Through the engagement facilitated by data exchange between the health facilities. The doctor could gain some insights into the procedures applied by the other hospital concerning processes involved in cancer screening and treatment plans. The system also plays a significant role in demonstrating the reasons why the doctor intends to access the data.

Assignment: Nurse Leader as Knowledge Worker

From the data exchange encounter experience, a nursing leader can apply the concept of forming knowledge, reasoning, and judgment. At the management level, the leaders can undertake various reforms of modifying processes capturing and interpretation of data. The same aspect can be applied in streamlining decisions made within the information system (Knight & Kimberly, 2014). Monitored data sharing among health care centers have become a trend in the modern world. Drawing from the case scenario, treatment generated from effective diagnosing is vital in upholding the delivery of quality healthcare services (Safdari & Azadmanjir, 2014).

References

Knight, E., & Kimberly, S. (2014). A Patient‐Focused Framework Integrating Self‐Management and Informatics. Journal of Nursing Scholarship. Retrieved from 10.1111/jnu.12059

Murphy, J., Goossen, W., & Weber, P. (2017). Forecasting Informatics Competencies for Nurses in the Future of Connected Health. 210-224.

Safdari, R., & Azadmanjir, Z. (2014). Solutions and strategies for nursing informatics development. International Journal of Nursing and Health Science, 1(1), 4-12.

Assignment: The Nurse Leader as Knowledge Worker

Peter Drucker, a management consultant and author, coined the term “knowledge worker” in his book The Landmarks of Tomorrow (1959). Drucker defined knowledge workers as high-level employees who use theoretical and analytical knowledge gained through formal education to develop products and services. Does this ring a bell?

Nurses are highly educated professionals. What has changed since Drucker’s time are the ways that knowledge can be acquired. The amount of data that can now be generated, as well as the tools used to access it, have evolved significantly in recent years, allowing healthcare professionals (among many others) to take on the role of knowledge worker in new and powerful ways.

In this Assignment, you will examine how the role of the nurse leader has evolved and how this evolution has led nurse leaders to assume the role of knowledge worker. You will create a PowerPoint presentation that includes an infographic (a visual representation of information, data, or knowledge). Infographics are designed to convey information quickly and clearly.) to educate others on the role of the nurse as a knowledge worker.

To Prepare:

Review the concepts of informatics as presented in the Resources.
Reflect on the role of a nurse leader as a knowledge worker.
Consider how knowledge may be informed by data that is collected/accessed.

The Assignment:

Explain the concept of a knowledge worker.
Define and explain nursing informatics and highlight the role of a nurse leader as a knowledge worker.
Develop a simple infographic to help explain these concepts.
NOTE: For guidance on infographics, including how to create one in PowerPoint, see “How to Make an Infographic in PowerPoint” presented in the Resources.

Your PowerPoint should Include the hypothetical scenario you originally shared in the Discussion Forum. Include your examination of the data that you could use, how the data might be accessed/collected, and what knowledge might be derived from that data. Be sure to incorporate feedback received from your colleagues’ response
This is the feedback I received below:

Thank you, for your post. The sharing of the electronic health record is a vital contribution to the continuity of care, especially when patients see multiple physicians. This is why while texting is an excellent mode of communication from physician to physician, the ability to share the entire electronic health record is more important, making fax a preferred choice. The health records help to create more fluid care because it provides a timeline for the associated patient history. Preserving any aspects of continuity of care for our patients assists in patient safety by supplying relevant information such as advanced directives, allergies, and observational results over a time frame (Nagle, Sermeus, & Junger, 2017).

Furthermore, the sharing of electronic health records saves time by preventing redundant care and presenting an opportunity for enhancement of care (Sweeney, 2017). When a patient is ill, they are exhausted and want answers more than anything. We share the data accumulated so that the new health professionals do not need to start over, they can formulate and ask new questions, and so that other strategies can be explored. Saving time can also save patients.

References

Nagle, L. M., Sermeus, W., & Junger, A. (2017). Evolving role of the nursing informatics specialist. IOS Press, 212-221. http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-738-2-212

Sweeney, J. (2017). Healthcare informatics. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics, 21(1). Retrieved from https://eds-a-ebscohost-com.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/eds/detail/detail?vid=9&sid=8f58d156-8e8d-43d2-a342-059e961c4ae0%40sessionmgr4007&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWRzLWxpdmUmc2NvcGU9c2l0ZQ%3d%3d#AN=128848047&db=rzh

Required resources:

https://24slides.com/presentbetter/how-make-infographic-powerpoint/

https://serval.unil.ch/resource/serval:BIB_4A0FEA56B8CB.P001/REF

Knowledge workers

According to Drucker (Landmarks of tomorrow, 1959),     knowledge workers are “high- level workers who apply theoretical and analytical knowledge, acquired through formal training, to develop products and services.”

 

 

 

Nurses as knowledge workers

Synder-Halpern, Corcoran-Perry and Narayan explain that, “Nurses rely on extensive clinical information and highly specialized knowledge to implement and evaluate the processes and outcomes of their clinical decision making…” (2001, p.17).           This describes the work of a knowledge worker as defined by Drucker.

 

 

 

 

Information user Knowledge user

 

 

 

 

 

Data gatherer Knowledge builder

 

Nurses as knowledge workers

The nursing profession is known as one of “life-long learning”, where education is continuous and constant. McGonigle and Mastrian concur that “it has been established that nurses use data and information. This information is then converted into knowledge. The nurse then acts on this knowledge by initiating a plan of care, updating an existing one, or maintaining the status quo” (2012, p.124).

Nurses as knowledge workers

 

 

Nursing Informatics

Nursing informatics is the specialty that integrates nursing science, computer science, and information science in identifying, collecting, processing, and managing data and information to support nursing practice, administration, education, research, and expansion of nursing knowledge.

 

nursing practice, administration

, education, research, and expansion of nursing knowledge.

 nursing science, computer science information science

Discussion Forum

The scenario I have selected is Immunization. Immunization records are essentials for both patients, physicians, and institution for accurate data recording. For individuals to trace their records, they may have to contact their previous doctor or clinic, previous state immunization registration, an previous school (“Immunization Information Systems”, 2019). One suggestion that would make this process more efficient is for everyone would be to have a central hub database for all vaccine information.

Presently, information for vaccine data is collection is an online database called, Immunization Information Systems (IIS). This system keeps track of vaccines that are administered to patients and informs providers when vaccines are due (“Immunization Information Systems”, 2019). It would be beneficial to have an secure data base to retrieve all immunization records into this central hub. Allowing all clinicians to access patients vaccination records and make accurate clinical judgments.

Discussion Forum (cont…)

From this data healthcare professionals would be able to review, and compare statistics as well as areas of potential disease outbreak. They would also be able to communicate, educate, and inform of well community immunity (herd immunity) works. According to Vaccines Protect Your Community (2020), community immunity is when enough people are vaccinated against a certain disease, it becomes hard for a disease to spread to unvaccinated people (“Vaccines Protect Your Community”, 2017).

This would be beneficial for all healthcare professions, we would exercise crucial assessments and judgment with this knowledge because patients would not have a gap of the recommended vaccine doses, and prevention of medical error. There would be an alert of data entry, contraindications and allergies, and adverse reactions vaccines into this system. Another benefit to this system, that other providers would be aware if a patient moved, relocate or were sent to the hospital. Having the capability to access a patient’s immunization record from a central hub would be very helpful not only healthcare professionals but for the patient safety.

Discussion Forum Feedback

Question: Dr. Y. Roberts

What challenges might the nurse leader experience when collecting data?

Response:

Paediatric providers currently face numerous challenges in improving rates of immunization among children and adolescents. Many providers, patients, and families are overwhelmed and have concerns regarding the safety, efficacy and neccessity of vaccines. Promoting coverage through the influenza vaccines, counseling parents with clear information about the risks and benefits of vaccines, and taking advantage of non-preventive visits for immunization are some strategies suggested to address these challenges.

References

Drucker, P. (1959). The landmarks of tomorrow. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov › articles › PMC344585

 

The Journey of the Nursing Informatics Specialists https://journeyofthenispecialist.weebly.com/knowledge-workers.html

Masys DR, Brennan PF, Ozbolt JG, Corn M, Shortliffe EH. Are medical informatics and nursing informatics distinct disciplines? J Am Med Inform Assoc.

2000;7(3):304–12.

McGonigle, D. & Mastrian, K. (2012). Nursing informatics and the foundation of knowledge (2nd.ed.). Boston: Jones and Bartlett, Publishers.

Assignment: Nurse Leader as Knowledge Worker

One challenge the nurse leader might experience could be implementing the changes that have been created to meet the overall goal.  One problem involved with implementing change is short staffing in not only the emergency department but also in the lab department, imaging department, environmental services, and registration. All these departments are working together to make a successful visit for each patient but, if they don’t have the staff to be successful then the appropriate changes might not take effect.  Some of our staff have been replaced by travelers who might only be with us for eight weeks so having consistency with regular staff who can maintain these changes could also become troublesome.

Another challenge within the knowledge model could be obtaining the knowledge. If the data cannot be consistently collected that could skew the results and the goal might not be appropriately met. The emergency department is open 24/7, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The number of patients that arrive in the department can be very different when comparing daytime vs nighttime, weekends vs weekdays, holidays, etc. Data should be collected with the knowledge of these various factors to be able to overcome this challenge.

Hello Elizabeth,

I agree that implementing changes when the unit is short-staffed can be challenging. According to Saxton & Nauser (2020), ED nurses are the most difficult to retain, and it is estimated that 20% of RNs leave within the first year of hire while 33% leave within two years of hire. Nurses leave their jobs based on factors such as a lack of administrative support, unhealthy work environments and inappropriate staffing, all of which can be frustrating barriers to effective care delivery (Delgado, 2021). Shortage in other departments does not help implement changes either as staff continues to quit the healthcare career altogether. The hiring process can be lengthy because the applicants may not fit the position requirements when the department implements changes. To attract high-quality employees that do their best work requires the organization to use information technology.

References

Delgado, S. (2021). Nurse staffing: A reason to leave and a reason to stay. American Association of Critical- Care Nurses. https://www.aacn.org/blog/nurse-staffing-a-reason-to-leave-and-a-reason-to-stay

Saxton, R., & Nauser, J. (2020). Students’ experiences of clinical immersion in operating room and emergency department. Nurse Education in Practice, 43 doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2020.102709

Name: NURS_5051_Module01_Week02_Assignment_Rubric

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Develop a 5- to 6-slide PowerPoint presentation that addresses the following:

·   Explain the concept of a knowledge worker.
·   Define and explain nursing informatics and highlight the role of a nurse leader as a knowledge worker.

Points Range: 32 (32%) – 35 (35%)

The presentation clearly and accurately explains the concept of a knowledge worker.

The presentation clearly and accurately defines and explains nursing informatics with a detailed explanation of the role of the nurse leader as a knowledge worker.

Includes: 3 or more peer-reviewed sources and 2 or more course resources.

Points Range: 28 (28%) – 31 (31%)

The presentation explains the concept of a knowledge worker.

The presentation defines and explains nursing informatics with an explanation of the role of the nurse leader as a knowledge worker.

Includes: 2 peer-reviewed sources and 2 course resources.

Points Range: 25 (25%) – 27 (27%)

The presentation inaccurately or vaguely explains the concept of a knowledge worker.

The presentation inaccurately or vaguely defines and explains nursing informatics with an inaccurate or vague explanation of the role of the nurse leader as a knowledge worker.

Includes: 1 peer-reviewed sources and 1 course resources.

Points Range: 0 (0%) – 24 (24%)

The presentation inaccurately and vaguely explains the concept of a knowledge worker or is missing.

The presentation inaccurately and vaguely defines and explains nursing informatics with an inaccurate and vague explanation of the role of the nurse leader as a knowledge worker or is missing.

Includes: 1 or fewer resources.

·   Develop a simple infographic to help explain these concepts.
Points Range: 14 (14%) – 15 (15%)
The presentation provides an accurate and detailed infographic that helps explain the concepts related to the presentation.
Points Range: 12 (12%) – 13 (13%)
The presentation provides an infographic that helps explain the concepts related to the presentation.
Points Range: 11 (11%) – 11 (11%)
The presentation provides an infographic related to the concepts of the presentation that is inaccurate or vague.
Points Range: 0 (0%) – 10 (10%)
The infographic provided in the presentation related to the concepts of the presentation is inaccurate and vague, or is missing.
·   Present the hypothetical scenario you originally shared in the Discussion Forum. Include your examination of the data you could use, how the data might be accessed/collected, and what knowledge might be derived from the data. Be sure to incorporate feedback received from your colleagues’ replies.
Points Range: 32 (32%) – 35 (35%)
The presentation clearly and thoroughly includes the hypothetical scenario originally shared in the Discussion Forum, including a detailed and accurate examination of the data used, how the data might be accessed/collected, and the knowledge that could be derived from the data.
Points Range: 28 (28%) – 31 (31%)
The presentation includes the hypothetical scenario originally shared in the Discussion Forum, including an accurate examination of the data used, how the data might be accessed/collected, and the knowledge that could be derived from the data.
Points Range: 25 (25%) – 27 (27%)
The presentation includes the hypothetical scenario originally shared in the Discussion Forum, including an examination of the data used, how the data might be accessed/collected, and the knowledge that could be derived from the data that is vague or inaccurate.
Points Range: 0 (0%) – 24 (24%)
The presentation includes the hypothetical scenario originally shared in the Discussion Forum, including an examination of the data used, how the data might be accessed/collected, and the knowledge that could be derived from the data that is vague and inaccurate, or is missing.
Written Expression and Formatting – Paragraph Development and Organization:

Paragraphs make clear points that support well developed ideas, flow logically, and demonstrate continuity of ideas. Sentences are carefully focused–neither long and rambling nor short and lacking substance.

Points Range: 5 (5%) – 5 (5%)
Paragraphs and sentences follow writing standards for flow, continuity, and clarity.
Points Range: 4 (4%) – 4 (4%)
Paragraphs and sentences follow writing standards for flow, continuity, and clarity 80% of the time.
Points Range: 3.5 (3.5%) – 3.5 (3.5%)
Paragraphs and sentences follow writing standards for flow, continuity, and clarity 60%- 79% of the time.
Points Range: 0 (0%) – 3 (3%)
Paragraphs and sentences follow writing standards for flow, continuity, and clarity < 60% of the time.
Written Expression and Formatting – English writing standards:

Correct grammar, mechanics, and proper punctuation

Points Range: 5 (5%) – 5 (5%)
Uses correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation with no errors.
Points Range: 4 (4%) – 4 (4%)
Contains a few (1-2) grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors.
Points Range: 3.5 (3.5%) – 3.5 (3.5%)
Contains several (3-4) grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors.
Points Range: 0 (0%) – 3 (3%)
Contains many (≥ 5) grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors that interfere with the reader’s understanding.
Written Expression and Formatting – The paper follows correct APA format for title page, headings, font, spacing, margins, indentations, page numbers, running head, parenthetical/in-text citations, and reference list.
Points Range: 5 (5%) – 5 (5%)
Uses correct APA format with no errors.
Points Range: 4 (4%) – 4 (4%)
Contains a few (1-2) APA format errors.
Points Range: 3.5 (3.5%) – 3.5 (3.5%)
Contains several (3-4) APA format errors.
Points Range: 0 (0%) – 3 (3%)
Contains many (≥ 5) APA format errors.
Total Points: 100