In recent years, nursing informatics has become more useful and popular. According to Sweeney (2017), “healthcare informatics is defined as the integration of health-care sciences, computer science, information science, and cognitive science to assist in the management of healthcare information.” Due to the fact that the nursing professional relies heavily on data to take for patients and reach the best patient outcomes, it is very important to use nursing informatics and access/collection application of data. According to Nagle et al. (2017), “the healthcare sector continues to evolve in the application and use of technologies to support the delivery of care.”
Moreover, as a bedside oncology nurse, patients are admitted having gone serval treatments of different chemotherapies and Oncologists are continuing to see a progression of cancer. In this particular scenario, access/collection and application of data and other chemotherapy treatments might benefit the patient. Furthermore, with access and collection of other treatment options for oncology patients who have not benefited from the “gold-standard” treatments, other treatments can be beneficial to them. Due to nursing informatics and collection of data, patients’ cancer can be better managed by the utilization of other therapies. A nurse leader will use clinical reasoning and judgement in the formation of knowledge from this experience by educating herself/himself about other chemotherapy and treatment options to further benefit patients.
Similarly, according to Laureate Education (2018), “informaticians enable communication between people and systems to more effectively protect the population’s well-being.” Therefore, there is a major emphasis on collection of data and working towards a common goal to improve patient outcomes and give patients the opportunity to lead healthy lives.
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Sweeney, J. (2017). Healthcare informatics. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics, 21(1).
In the modern era, there are few professions that do not to some extent rely on data. Stockbrokers rely on market data to advise clients on financial matters. Meteorologists rely on weather data to forecast weather conditions, while realtors rely on data to advise on the purchase and sale of property. In these and other cases, data not only helps solve problems, but adds to the practitioner’s and the discipline’s body of knowledge.
Of course, the nursing profession also relies heavily on data. The field of nursing informatics aims to make sure nurses have access to the appropriate date to solve healthcare problems, make decisions in the interest of patients, and add to knowledge.
In this Discussion, you will consider a scenario that would benefit from access to data and how such access could facilitate both problem-solving and knowledge formation.
- Reflect on the concepts of informatics and knowledge work as presented in the Resources.
- Consider a hypothetical scenario based on your own healthcare practice or organization that would require or benefit from the access/collection and application of data. Your scenario may involve a patient, staff, or management problem or gap.
By Day 3 of Week 1
Post a description of the focus of your scenario. Describe the data that could be used and how the data might be collected and accessed. What knowledge might be derived from that data? How would a nurse leader use clinical reasoning and judgment in the formation of knowledge from this experience?
By Day 6 of Week 1
Respond to at least two of your colleagues* on two different days, asking questions to help clarify the scenario and application of data, or offering additional/alternative ideas for the application of nursing informatics principles.
I enjoyed reading your post. You brought up an important point that nursing informatics can help bridge the gap by compiling all the chemotherapies a patient has undergone to narrow down to what works for the patients by assessing and evaluating their progress. Humans acquire data and information in bits and pieces and then transforming the information into knowledge (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2017, p. 9). Meaning, there is a ray of hope that if various chemotherapies’ data is collected, translated into information that can give a clear clinical picture and knowledge of multiple therapies’ effectiveness. Therefore, vast data collection across many healthcare settings can allow for enhancements of care (Sweeney, 2017). Moreover, nursing informatics plays an important by providing improved information management and communications in nursing to improve efficiency, reduce costs and enhance the quality of patient care (Meher et al., 2019).
McGonigle, D., & Mastrian, K. G. (2017). Nursing Informatics and the foundation of knowledge (4th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
Meher, S. K., Gupta, S., Sharma, S., Ibrahim M, M., & Ajmera, K. (2019). Nursing Informatics as a Specialization in India: Present and Future. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 264, 1955–1956. https://doi-org.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/10.3233/SHTI190731
Sweeney, J. (2017). Healthcare Informatics. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics, 21(1), 4–1.