Topic 1 DQ 2

Select one informatics theory from the areas of Communication Theories, Change Theories, or Human Factors. Discuss how the application of the theory you select can guide the use of technology in advanced practice. What strengths does the theory possess that would make it useful to the DNP-prepared nurse? What weaknesses does the theory present that might prevent its use? Keep in mind the Christian worldview when preparing your submission.

Digitization of information necessitates substantial change and adaptation. Embracing change is imperative for progress and success in a competitive landscape. Traditionally, information was communicated through written formats. The shift towards a paperless healthcare setting facilitated convenient access to health data. Among various informatics theories, one that holds notable influence is the theory of change, enabling organizations to adjust their strategies, processes, and structures effectively (Hussain et al., 2018).

The journey of change can be challenging, depending on the maturity of previous systems and the users’ familiarity. Lewin’s change theory is a significant framework guiding the integration of advanced technology in practice. Its three phases—unfreezing, movement, and refreezing—help streamline this process. Technological advancements empower businesses to differentiate themselves, enhancing profitability and productivity. Change theory underscores the enhancement of services, offerings, and overall value.

The theory’s strength, its adaptability, proves beneficial for the DNP-prepared nurse, fostering analytical and evaluative capabilities to resolve issues. A comprehensive understanding of this theory aids in tailoring necessary interventions for success. Conversely, the theory’s limitations lie in an excessive reliance on change, potentially draining the individuals involved. While structure ensures consistency, excessive change can evoke concerns, leading to setbacks. Change, often a response to necessity, demands careful management to minimize disruptions.

The Christian worldview emphasizes societal improvement through change, promoting values of compassion and community betterment. Leveraging leadership and employee involvement is crucial for a successful organizational transition, aligning with the Christian principles of stewardship and collaborative progress.


Reference Hussain, S. T., Lei, S., Akram, T., Haider, M. J., Hussain, S. H., & Ali, M. (2018). Kurt Lewin’s change model: A critical review of the role of leadership and employee involvement in organizational change. Journal of Innovation & Knowledge, 3(3), 123-127.