What is Nursing in the 21st Century
RE: Discussion – Week 3
A collection of data can be beneficial to any clinical system. Collecting more data brings more knowledge, greater insights, smarter ideas, and ample opportunities for organizations to learn from their own data (McGongile & Mastrian, 2017). There is one potential benefit for using big data and that is the more data you have, the more knowledge you can receive. By having large amounts of data at your fingertips can decrease the potential need for additional information.
The use of big data can also bring risk to a clinical setting. As Thew states in the article, synthesizing the data is usually done manually which can become very time consuming and lead to a laborious process (Thew, 2016). Manual collection of any data can lead to misinterpretations which then can lead to misdiagnosis and wrong treatments.
After researching ways to mitigate potential challenges on the use of big data, an article by M. Adibuzzaman, P. DeLaurentis, J. Hill, and B. Benneyworth state the need for additional time stamped data (Adibuzzaman et al., 2017). This would include time stamps on all healthcare interventions such as every medication given, every doctor visit, and ever assessment. To be able to identify more clearly within a time frame can be beneficial in the patients’ healthcare timeline. They suggest the need for larger cohort of institutions to share complete, precise, and time stamped data better be able to share patients information and research.
Adibuzzaman, M., DeLaurentis, P., Hill, J., & Benneyworth, B. D. (2018). Big data in healthcare – the promises, challenges and opportunities from a research perspective: A case study with a model database. AMIA … Annual Symposium proceedings. AMIA Symposium, 2017, 384–392.
McGonigle, D., & Mastrian, K. G. (2017). Nursing informatics and the foundation of knowledge(4th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
Thew, J (2016, April 9) Big data means potential, challenges for nurse execs.Retrieved from https://www.healthleadersmedia.com/nursing/big-dat…
RE: Discussion – Week 3
This week we learn how critical nursing is to the advance of technology in healthcare. Nursing is the largest profession in healthcare. Nurses are with the patients 24 hours a day; we are the ‘eyes and ears’ for the physicians and the patients. The nurse needs to be competent in using technology to its greatest extent. The nurse informaticist helps the floor nurses communicate effectively with the interdisciplinary team (Public Health Informatics Institute [PHII], n.d.). In this discussion, I will be writing about how our nurse informaticist works with our multidisciplinary team and one way to improve these interactions. I will also discuss the advance of nurse informatics specialists and the impact on nursing professional interactions.
I work in a small, community hospital, and we have an informatics team of one. Jodi works between nursing and information technology (IT). Jodi works with an interdisciplinary team to ensure the electronic health record uses nurses’ language and applies to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) meaningful use terms. Meaningful use should advance the clinical process, capture and share data with the patients and other healthcare providers-while following privacy rules, and improve patient outcomes (Glassman, 2017). I believe one way to enhance informatics at my hospital would be for Jodi to be more visible to the staff. Leadership is a social process; leaders and followers need to interact to have a successful relationship (Yoder-Wise, 2019). She is always a phone call away if we have a problem. However, that seems to be the only time we see her.
With the advances in healthcare technology, nurses must remain up to date on education. We must be competent to train our patients on how to take charge of their healthcare. The advance of the electronic health record (EHR), brings increased patient access to their medical record with mobile applications (Glassman, 2017). The call lights in our hospital go straight to the phones the nurse and aides are carrying. Our facility has also utilized radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags that show the position of the nurses on the floor (Glassman, 2017). These devices also turn the call lights off when the nurse walks into the room. If the nurse pushes the call light in the room, it will call all the nurses and aides on the floor for staff assistance. Bed alerts also ring to all the staffs’ phones. These work to our advantage at times. However, when we first went to the phones, management fielded many patient complaints about nurses on their cell phones while in their room.
As knowledge workers, nurses take in data and share information with the interdisciplinary team (Mcgonigle & Mastrian, 2018). We must always communicate with our patients on the tools we are using. NI is a fast-growing field and will continue to advance in healthcare. Nurses have to continue their education to make NI work better for all of nursing.
Glassman, K. S. (2017). Using data in nursing practice. American Nurse Today, 12(11), 45–47. https://www.americannursetoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/ant-11-data-1030.pdf
Mcgonigle, D., & Mastrian, K. (2018). Nursing informatics and the foundation of knowledge (4th ed.). Jones & Bartlett Learning.
Public Health Informatics Institute. (n.d.). Public health informatics: Knowledge “architecture” [Video]. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sofmUeQkMLU
Yoder-Wise, P. (2019). Leading and managing in nursing (7th ed.). Elsevier.
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