Health Information Technology and Nursing Informatics: Nursing Informatics Innovators

NURS 8210 – Transforming Nursing and Healthcare Through Technology

In the video titled “Nursing Informatics Innovators,” a comprehensive list of 34 nursing informatics innovators is presented, each playing a crucial role in advancing both nursing informatics and the broader field of nursing practice.

These innovators have been instrumental in transforming the perception of nursing from an art of patient care to a scientific practice deeply rooted in technology, science, and advancements. Through their pioneering work, nursing informatics innovators have spearheaded significant progress in the field, ensuring its continuous evolution, change, and scientific innovation. A thorough exploration of their contributions is vital for comprehending the trajectory of nursing informatics—its origins, current state, and future prospects.

For this discussion, it is essential to contemplate the contributions of individual nursing informatics innovators, understanding the impact of their work and extracting valuable lessons applicable to nursing practice, education, and future goals.

NURS 8210 – Transforming Nursing and Healthcare Through Technology- Day 3 of Week 1

Share insights into two specific innovators you have selected and elucidate the reasons behind your choice. In your description, highlight how their contributions have influenced health information technology and delve into the professional accomplishments of each innovator. Furthermore, articulate the ways in which their work has shaped nursing practice and contributed to the development of the nursing informatics field. Provide specific examples to enhance your discussion.

Conclude your post by reflecting on the lessons you can draw from these innovators’ experiences. Explain how the skills and ideas demonstrated by these pioneers can be applied to your professional practice, offering concrete examples to illustrate your points. Be specific in your responses, creating a meaningful connection between the innovators’ contributions and your own aspirations within the realm of nursing informatics.

NURS 8210 – Transforming Nursing and Healthcare Through Technology -DAY 6 OF WEEK 1

Upon reviewing the diverse insights shared by your colleagues, I find the selections of Patricia Abbott, RN, Ph.D., and Judy Murphy particularly intriguing and pertinent to various aspects of professional nursing practice.

Patricia Abbott’s role as a pioneer in informatics innovation, especially her focus on telehealth for disease self-management in vulnerable communities, showcases the transformative potential of technology in promoting equitable healthcare. Abbott’s experimentation, particularly in applying data-mining techniques, demonstrates the power of innovative approaches in shaping the trajectory of nursing informatics (Shortliffe, 2004). As a nurse leader, her emphasis on long-term care and the integration of big data concepts aligns with the evolving landscape of healthcare, offering valuable lessons in adapting to changing paradigms.

Judy Murphy’s extensive experience in Nursing Informatics, with a specialization in Electronic Health Care Records, underscores the significance of technological applications in evidence-based practice. Murphy’s research into Nursing Informatics systems, their functions, and features not only enhances work and thought flow related to patient care but also emphasizes the importance of understanding the intricacies of these systems (AMIA, 2021). This knowledge is crucial for nurse leaders, equipping them to enhance nursing staff performance and facilitate effective training through shared governance.

Both innovators, through their contributions, have significantly influenced the quality, safety, and efficiency of healthcare delivery. The widespread adoption of innovations such as electronic health records, e-prescribing, and telehealth, driven by nursing informatics, reflects a transformative impact on patient outcomes and healthcare processes (American Medical Informatics Association, 2021).

The lessons derived from Abbott and Murphy’s experiences emphasize the critical need for nursing informatics competencies in the modern healthcare workforce (American Nurses Association, 2015). As nursing informatics continues to advance, acquiring skills and knowledge in leveraging technology for decision-making becomes indispensable for optimal patient care. These lessons directly apply to my professional practice, enabling me to navigate the dynamic landscape of nursing informatics and integrate innovative approaches to enhance patient care outcomes.

References

American Medical Informatics Association. (2021). Nursing informatics innovators. https://amia.org/community/working-groups/nursing-informatics/nursing-informatics-innovators

American Nurses Association. (2015). Nursing informatics: Scope and standards of practice (2nd ed.). American Nurses Association.

AMIA. (2021). Nursing informatics innovators. https://www.amia.org/community/working-groups/nursing-informatics/nursing-informatics-innovators

Shortliffe, E. H. (2004). Commentary: Biomedical informatics in the education of physicians. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 11(2), 97–98. https://doi.org/10.1197/jamia.M1423

CASE STUDIES: PROFESSIONAL ROLE DEVELOPMENT

“Nursing research involves comprehensive planning and meticulous attention to details. However, both novice and experienced nurse researchers often neglect the day-to-day operations necessary for conducting research studies. Project management provides a set of iterative steps that can streamline the process of nursing research” (Rew et al., 2020).

Embarking on your small nursing informatics project prompts consideration of how this undertaking serves as the foundation for your future work, both within and outside an educational setting. Contemplate how your actions in this course can seamlessly align with the demands of nursing practice on a day-to-day basis. Addressing this now, rather than later in your education or practice, is paramount.

Throughout this course, you are assigned the task of implementing or proposing an implementation for a small nursing informatics project. This project is deeply rooted in project management concepts to guide your work.

For this Discussion, explore why this approach not only assists you in this course but also how it can be beneficial in nursing practice beyond your academic studies.

Reference: Rew, L., Cauvin, S., Cengiz, A., Pretorius, K., & Johnson, K. (2020). Application of project management tools and techniques to support nursing intervention research. Nursing Outlook, 68(4), 396–405. doi:10.1016/j.outlook.2020.01.007

TO PREPARE

Review the Learning Resources for this week and reflect on the roles of advanced nursing practice as it relates to project management. Select one of the roles described in Chapter 8 of the Sipes text to focus on for this Discussion. Review the article by Rew et al. (2020) and reflect on the steps and processes used by the team described in the article. Consider how you might use a similar approach for the completion of your DNP doctoral project or dissertation. What project management strategies might be most appropriate for your nursing research?

BY DAY 3 OF WEEK 2

Post a brief description of 4–5 major competencies required for the advanced nursing practice role that you selected. Explain how the project management concepts you have examined thus far in the course might align with this advanced nursing practice role and why. Be specific. Based on the steps and processes used by Rew et al. (2020) and the resources on techniques and tools for nursing research, elaborate on how you might use these same concepts and a similar approach for completing your DNP doctoral project or dissertation. Specify which processes and techniques you believe will provide the most guidance to assist you in planning and developing your DNP doctoral project or dissertation. Provide examples. Then, describe how the project management strategies you will learn as a nurse leader may be applied to facilitate nursing research or nursing practice for your DNP doctoral project or dissertation.

BY DAY 5 OF WEEK 2

Read a selection of your colleagues’ responses and respond to at least two of your colleagues on two different days who selected a different advanced nursing practice role than you. Expand upon your colleague’s posting or offer an alternative perspective on the alignment between the project management concepts and the advanced nursing practice role described by your colleague.

Case Studies: Professional Role Development

The chosen advanced nursing practice role is that of a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). The major competencies crucial for this role encompass clinical expertise, communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, interpersonal skills, leadership and management skills, and knowledge of evidence-based practices (Kumar et al., 2020). These competencies play a pivotal role in tasks such as assessing patient health status, diagnosing conditions, formulating and evaluating plans of care, offering counseling and education, managing resources effectively, and collaborating with other healthcare professionals.

Aligning project management concepts with this advanced nursing practice role, such as goal setting, task prioritization, timeline development, resource allocation, and risk assessment, proves to be essential (Bakerjian, 2022). For instance, a primary care nurse practitioner must set goals and prioritize tasks to optimize patient outcomes. Developing a timeline for patient assessments, care plans, and resource allocation, including time, money, supplies, and personnel, is crucial to meeting objectives. Additionally, assessing risks associated with treatment options and devising strategies to mitigate those risks is imperative.

Applying similar concepts and approaches to complete a DNP doctoral project or dissertation is feasible. Rew et al.’s (2020) steps and processes, along with resources on nursing research techniques and tools, offer an effective framework for project or dissertation development, implementation, and evaluation. Goal setting can be employed to shape research questions or hypotheses, while task prioritization breaks down complex tasks into manageable steps. Furthermore, timeline development assists in establishing project milestones, and resource allocation determines project necessities. Risk assessment identifies potential barriers, allowing for the development of strategies to overcome them (Lamb et al., 2018). These project management concepts are integral to the success of a DNP doctoral project or dissertation, guiding processes such as setting goals, prioritizing tasks, creating timelines, allocating resources, developing research questions or hypotheses, conducting literature reviews, collecting and analyzing data, and drawing conclusions.

Project management strategies acquired as a nurse leader can also be instrumental in facilitating nursing research and practice for a DNP doctoral project or dissertation. Nurse leaders, for instance, can employ goal setting and task prioritization to organize projects, establish timelines, allocate resources effectively, and assess potential risks. Utilizing literature reviews, collecting relevant data, analyzing findings, and drawing conclusions based on evidence contribute to the success of the research (Rew et al., 2020). In essence, applying project management strategies as a nurse leader enhances the potential for successful nursing research and practice, ensuring a thriving DNP doctoral project or dissertation.

References

Bakerjian, D. (2022). The advanced practice registered nurse leadership role in nursing homes: Leading efforts toward high quality and safe care. The Nursing Clinics of North America, 57(2), 245–258. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cnur.2022.02.011

Kumar, A., Kearney, A., Hoskins, K., & Iyengar, A. (2020). The role of psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners in improving mental and behavioral health care delivery for children and adolescents in multiple settings. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 34(5), 275–280. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apnu.2020.07.022

Lamb, A., Martin-Misener, R., Bryant-Lukosius, D., & Latimer, M. (2018). Describing the leadership capabilities of advanced practice nurses using a qualitative descriptive study. Nursing Open, 5(3), 400–413. https://doi.org/10.1002/nop2.150

Rew, L., Cauvin, S., Cengiz, A., Pretorius, K., & Johnson, K. (2020). Application of project management tools and techniques to support nursing intervention research. Nursing Outlook, 68(4), 396–405. doi:10.1016/j.outlook.2020.01.007

Exploration of Nursing Informatics Terms: Usability and Decision Support

In the dynamic field of nursing, continuous learning about relevant terms and concepts is essential. The exploration of nursing informatics terms, such as Usability and Decision Support, can significantly enhance nursing practice. Understanding these terms is crucial for efficient utilization of information technology, thereby improving patient care and outcomes.

Usability refers to the ease with which technology can be used to achieve specific goals. In nursing practice, poor usability in technological tools can lead to delays or errors. For instance, if nurses encounter difficulties accessing information quickly, it may impede timely patient care (Graham et al., 2008). Usability is paramount for seamless integration of technology into the workflow, ensuring that nurses can efficiently utilize available resources to provide quality care.

Decision Support involves systems that assist healthcare professionals in making informed decisions based on evidence and data. Understanding decision support systems is crucial for nurses, as it enables them to move beyond intuition and make decisions grounded in evidence, ultimately improving patient outcomes (Graham et al., 2008). These systems provide valuable insights, aiding nurses in delivering more effective and evidence-based care.

In nursing practice, the impact of these terms is substantial. Poor usability can lead to non-functionality, causing delays, errors, and potential harm to patients. If nurses struggle with technology due to usability issues, the risk of medical errors increases (Cho et al., 2022). Additionally, improper utilization of decision support systems may result in missed opportunities for evidence-based decision-making, affecting the overall quality of patient care.

Staying up-to-date with new terminology and concepts in nursing informatics is vital. Continuous education, training programs, and engagement with professional networks are effective strategies. Embracing the ever-changing landscape of nursing practice and information technology involves proactive learning, adaptability, and a commitment to integrating technological advancements into patient care.

In conclusion, the exploration of nursing informatics terms like Usability and Decision Support enhances nursing practice by ensuring efficient technology use and evidence-based decision-making. Nurses must be vigilant about potential barriers and non-functionality associated with these terms to mitigate risks and provide optimal patient care.

References

Cho, H., Keenan, G., Madandola, O. O., Dos Santos, F. C., Macieira, T. G. R., Bjarnadottir, R. I., Priola, K. J. B., & Dunn Lopez, K. (2022). Assessing the usability of a clinical decision support system: Heuristic evaluation. JMIR Human Factors, 9(2), e31758. https://doi.org/10.2196/31758

Graham, T. A., Kushniruk, A. W., Bullard, M. J., Holroyd, B. R., Meurer, D. P., & Rowe, B. H. (2008). How usability of a web-based clinical decision support system has the potential to contribute to adverse medical events. AMIA … Annual Symposium Proceedings. AMIA Symposium, 2008, 257–261.

Impact of Usability and Decision Support on Nursing Practice

Understanding the concepts of usability and decision support is crucial for care providers, as these elements significantly influence various aspects of nursing practice. Both terms, when properly applied, contribute to improvements in patient safety, informed decision-making, and time efficiency.

Incorporating usability into healthcare technology ensures that systems are user-friendly, ultimately benefiting patient care. Improved usability leads to quicker access to necessary information, reducing the risk of medical errors and delays in care. A failure in usability, however, may result in increased vulnerabilities, hindering nurses’ ability to provide efficient and safe care.

Decision support, another critical element, aids healthcare professionals in making evidence-based decisions. It enhances decision-making processes by providing relevant information and advice. Access to decision support systems allows nurses to make informed choices, thereby improving patient outcomes. Conversely, lacking adequate decision support may lead to increased reliance on intuition, elevating risks for patients and potentially impeding effective care delivery.

Barriers to the proper application of usability and decision support in nursing practice can give rise to non-functionality, posing serious implications. Poor usability may result in delays or errors, leading to financial and medical consequences. Moreover, inadequate decision support may hinder effective decision-making, impacting patient care outcomes negatively.

As nursing professionals, understanding how these terms function is imperative for providing quality care while minimizing costs associated with medical errors or delays. Effective usability and decision support empower nurses to navigate technology efficiently, fostering a seamless workflow and ensuring optimal patient care. Therefore, continual education and awareness about these concepts are vital for nurses to adapt to the evolving landscape of healthcare technology and deliver evidence-based care.

References

Sutton et al. (2020). An overview of clinical decision support systems: benefits, risks, and strategies for success. Npj Digital Medicine, 3(1). doi:10.1038/s41746-020-0221-y

Graham et al. (2008). How usability of a web-based clinical decision support system has the potential to contribute to adverse medical events. AMIA … Annual Symposium Proceedings. AMIA Symposium, 2008, 257–261.

Cappelletti A, Engel JK, Prentice D. (2014). Systematic Review of Clinical Judgment and Reasoning in Nursing. Journal of Nursing Education, 53(8), 453–458. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20140724-01

Bucknall T. (2003). The clinical landscape of critical care: nurses’ decision-making. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 43(3), 310–319.

Usability and Decision Support in Nursing Practice: Response to Telecia Allen

I appreciate Telecia Allen’s insightful discussion on the importance of usability and decision support in nursing practice. The modern healthcare environment demands efficient decision-making to ensure positive health outcomes. I concur with Allen’s emphasis on the necessity of decision-support tools for healthcare entities to achieve common objectives and deliver optimal care. As noted by Sutton et al. (2020), computerized clinical decision support tools represent a paradigm shift that healthcare workers must acknowledge.

In the rapidly evolving landscape of healthcare technology, prompt responses are crucial. Nurses and healthcare professionals should not solely rely on their competencies but also leverage clinical decision support tools. These tools provide valuable information, enabling evidence-based decision-making and contributing to improved patient outcomes. Importantly, patients should be informed about these options as the decisions made directly impact their health. Allen’s insights serve as a valuable resource for educating nurses on the indispensability of decision-support systems in the contemporary health setting.

References:

  • Carayon, P., & Hoonakker, P. (2019). Human factors and usability for Health Information Technology: Old and new challenges. Yearbook of Medical Informatics, 28(01), 071–077. doi:10.1055/s-0039-1677907
  • Sutton, R. T., Pincock, D., Baumgart, D. C., Sadowski, D. C., Fedorak, R. N., & Kroeker, K. I. (2020). An overview of clinical decision support systems: Benefits, risks, and strategies for Success. Npj Digital Medicine, 3(1). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41746-020-0221-y

Response to Nkeiruka C Emechete

I concur with Nkeiruka C Emechete’s valuable contribution, emphasizing the critical role of usability in healthcare technology. Usability, defined as the ease of use and understanding of a system or product, plays a pivotal role in ensuring safe and quality care. In the context of the increased adoption of technology in healthcare, proper training and knowledge are essential to avoid errors or delays that could adversely affect patient health outcomes. The usability of health technology instruments, such as electronic health records, must align with users’ needs and intended purposes for successful integration into care delivery.

References:

  • Sutton, R. T., Pincock, D., Baumgart, D. C., Sadowski, D. C., Fedorak, R. N., & Kroeker, K. I. (2020). An overview of clinical decision support systems: benefits, risks, and strategies for success. NPJ digital medicine, 3(1), 1-10.
  • Kaminski, J. (2020). Theory applied to informatics–Usability. Canadian Journal of Nursing Informatics, 15(4), 9241-11.

Response to Sara Haynes Perry

Sara Haynes Perry provides valuable insights into the challenges and importance of usability in health informatics technology. As someone who transitioned from paper charting to computerized systems, Perry acknowledges the significance of usability in adapting to the evolving landscape of healthcare technology. The usability of health informatics systems becomes particularly crucial in mitigating user errors and ensuring adequate training and appropriate programs.

Reference:

  • Marcilly, R., Schiro, J., Beuscart-Zéphir, M. C., & Magrabi, F. (2019). Building usability knowledge for health information technology: A usability-oriented analysis of incident reports. Applied Clinical Informatics, 10(3), 395–408. doi:10.1055/s-0039-1691841

Exploring Usability and Interoperability in Healthcare: A Comprehensive Overview

In the realm of healthcare, understanding key terminology is pivotal for effective practice. Two crucial concepts, usability and interoperability, play significant roles in shaping the landscape of modern healthcare. These terms, when comprehensively explored, offer insights into improving patient care, optimizing workflows, and leveraging technology for better outcomes.

Usability

Usability, as defined by Marcilly et al. (2019), encompasses the effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction with which users navigate tasks within a specific environment. In healthcare, particularly with the integration of advanced systems like Electronic Health Records (EHRs), usability becomes paramount. A system with good usability is not only effective and efficient but also easy to use. Usability is a cornerstone for safe and effective health IT use, influencing clinical workflows and ensuring that healthcare systems are navigable with intuitive interfaces. The significance of usability is underscored by the need to provide quality and efficient care in the dynamic landscape of healthcare technology.

Interoperability

Interoperability, according to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS, 2022), refers to the ability of diverse information systems, devices, and applications to access, exchange, integrate, and cooperatively use data. This collaboration occurs within and across organizational, regional, and national boundaries, promoting timely and seamless portability of information to enhance global health. Lehne et al. (2019) emphasize that interoperability facilitates the secure sharing of data, enabling informed decision-making, cost reduction, and improved health outcomes. In nursing practice, interoperability streamlines the gathering of critical patient information from various sources. This holistic approach empowers nurses to make intelligent choices about patient care, providing a comprehensive view of medical history, lab assessments, and medication history.

Impact on Nursing Practice

The integration of usability and interoperability in nursing practice brings about transformative benefits. Usability ensures that healthcare systems are user-friendly and efficient, enhancing the ease with which clinicians navigate complex interfaces. On the other hand, interoperability consolidates information from diverse sources, presenting a unified patient profile. This integration not only saves time but also allows nurses to focus more on direct patient care rather than synthesizing scattered information.

In conclusion, the symbiotic relationship between usability and interoperability forms the backbone of modern healthcare. These concepts empower nurses to navigate technological landscapes seamlessly, providing quality care while optimizing workflows. As technology continues to evolve, a thorough understanding of usability and interoperability will be pivotal for nurses to adapt, ensuring patient-centric and efficient healthcare delivery.

References

Biltoft, J., & Finneman, L. (2018). Clinical and financial effects of smart pump–electronic medical record interoperability at a hospital in a regional health system. The Bulletin of the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists, 75(14), 1064–1068. https://doi.org/10.2146/ajhp161058

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. (2022). Interoperability in healthcare. Retrieved from https://www.himss.org/resources/interoperability-healthcare#Part3

Lehne, M., Sass, J., Essenwanger, A., Schepers, J., & Thun, S. (2019). Why digital medicine depends on interoperability. NPJ digital medicine, 2(1), 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41746-019-0158-1

Marcilly, R., Schiro, J., Beuscart-Zéphir, M. C., & Magrabi, F. (2019). Building usability knowledge for health information technology: A usability-oriented analysis of incident reports. Applied Clinical Informatics, 10(3), 395–408. doi:10.1055/s-0039-1691841

Response One: Exploring Usability in Healthcare Leadership

In her post, Vicky introduces the term “usability” as a crucial factor in healthcare informatics technology, emphasizing its significance in facilitating tasks within the work environment. Vicky contends that the adaptability and agility of leaders are more crucial than ever, particularly in the face of the ongoing global pandemic. The post underscores the importance of assigning tasks efficiently, ensuring that work is done effectively and promptly, ultimately contributing to quality care. The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Standards is referenced to highlight the expectations placed on leaders, including aligning vision and strategy, engaging the workforce, and driving results (AACN, 2016).

Christian Offor builds on Vicky’s discussion by affirming the essential role of usability in health informatics technology. Christian emphasizes the need for user-friendly systems in the health sector to assist practitioners in their services. Additionally, the post highlights the importance of nurse decision support, where systems should formulate judgments, determinations, and actions to inform various procedures and activities within the system.

In response to the discussion on interoperability, Telecia Shantee’ Allen provides insights into its implications for healthcare delivery. The lack of interoperability is identified as having detrimental effects on both the quality and cost of healthcare. Telecia suggests that healthcare organizations must ensure that their systems align with those of their partners and that data is securely shared across providers. Greater standardization of health technology is advocated for, aiming to prevent non-functionality in medical practices due to a lack of interoperability (Bates & Samal, 2018).

In a subsequent post, Nkeiruka C Emechete further expands on the lack of interoperability’s impact on health technology. Nkeiruka notes that the lack of interoperability can lead to non-functionality when technologies are not properly aligned, especially in medical practices. The complex nature of data exchange in different providers using incompatible systems and interfaces can result in errors or delays in care. The difficulty in accessing and sharing patient data across providers hampers clinicians’ ability to coordinate care and provide efficient treatment.

The ongoing conversation illustrates the multifaceted nature of usability and interoperability in healthcare. These concepts not only influence individual tasks within the work environment but also have far-reaching implications for leadership, decision support, and the overall quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery.

References

  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. (2016). AACN Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments: A Journey to Excellence (2nd ed.). Aliso Viejo, CA: Association of Critical-Care Nurses.
  • Bates, D. W., & Samal, L. (2018). Interoperability: What is it, how can we make it work for clinicians, and how should we measure it in the future? Health Services Research, 53(5), 3270–3277. doi:10.1111/1475-6773.12852

DEVELOPING A SMALL NURSING INFORMATICS PROJECT FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION, PART 1

In the pursuit of enhancing nursing informatics within your healthcare organization or nursing practice, this project aims to leverage project management tools and strategies. While the implementation may not occur immediately, this endeavor provides an opportunity to apply essential skills and considerations required for a project of this scope. In this two-part project, the goal is to define, plan, and propose the implementation and evaluation of a small informatics project that can be accomplished within a 9-week timeframe during this course.

TO PREPARE

Continue collaboration with upper leadership or relevant stakeholders in your organization to finalize a small informatics project. Seek approval to design, plan, and propose the project, with the potential for implementation and evaluation if time permits. Each week, various components needed for project completion will be developed and applied.

BY DAY 7 OF WEEK 5

Continue progressing on the Scope, Charter, and SWOT Analysis, as per the assigned tasks. In the upcoming weeks, add Gap Analysis, Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), and Project Timeline. These six tools, along with their application and rationale (totaling 8–9 pages), will be submitted in Week 5.

WEEK 2 TASK: CONDUCT A SWOT ANALYSIS

Project Design: Conduct a SWOT analysis to gather essential information for the Scope and Charter. Utilize a Word document and incorporate a table for clarity. For guidance on performing a SWOT analysis, refer to the video “How to Perform a SWOT Analysis.” Note that the insights gained from this analysis are pertinent not only to the course project but also to your DNP Project or dissertation. At its core, the initial step for any project, work, or DNP Project/dissertation involves meticulous planning, defining what will and will not be done. This information is encapsulated in a comprehensive project scope and charter.

This endeavor is an integral part of the larger initiative to fortify the role of nursing informatics in your organization, and the insights gleaned from the SWOT analysis will lay the groundwork for subsequent project management tools and strategies.

Impact Of Nursing Informatics and Technology on Practice: A Covid-19 Perspective

In the tumultuous landscape of March 2020, as COVID-19 instigated lockdowns and transformed daily life, healthcare faced an unprecedented challenge. The fear of visiting traditional healthcare facilities led to the swift adoption of virtual technologies, marking a paradigm shift in patient care. This shift not only addressed the immediate needs during the pandemic but also paved the way for lasting changes in healthcare delivery.

As we delve into the impact of digital technology on nursing practice, it is evident that informatics played a pivotal role in adapting to the new normal. Personally, in my role within [Name of Professional Organization], I witnessed firsthand the integration of telehealth solutions, remote monitoring, and virtual consultations. This not only facilitated continued patient care but also underscored the necessity for nurses to evolve and embrace digital competencies.

Summary of Informatics Impact

The COVID-19 era propelled informatics into the forefront of nursing practice, transcending traditional boundaries. Virtual platforms became a lifeline for patients, enabling scheduled visits and addressing healthcare needs remotely. As a [Your Professional Organization] member, I observed a surge in the use of electronic health records (EHRs) and telehealth platforms to ensure seamless communication and information exchange.

Influence of Informatics Competencies

Established informatics competencies have become instrumental in enhancing the quality of care and ensuring patient safety. Post-pandemic, these competencies have paved the way for a more efficient and patient-centric nursing practice. To further excel in this transformed landscape, honing skills in data interpretation, cybersecurity, and effective utilization of telehealth tools is imperative.

Strengths, Preferences, and Challenges

Personally, my strengths lie in adapting swiftly to new technologies and leveraging them for improved patient outcomes. However, challenges may arise in maintaining the delicate balance between technology and the human touch in nursing care. Continuous development in areas like data analytics and technology-driven care interventions would be pivotal for overcoming these challenges.

Applicability of Information Technology Framework

The framework discussed in the Ye et al. (2020) article holds substantial relevance in managing not only COVID-19 but also other major pandemics in the U.S. Currently, elements of this framework are already in use, albeit with room for expansion and refinement.

Strategy for Skill Enhancement

To enhance project management and informatics skills, a proactive strategy involves continuous education and training programs. Staying updated on emerging technologies, participating in webinars, and seeking mentorship from informatics experts are effective ways to bolster these competencies.

As we navigate the post-pandemic era, the fusion of nursing, informatics, and technology will be central to shaping a resilient and adaptive healthcare landscape.

Developing A Small Nursing Informatics Project for Your Organization, Part 1 (Continued)

In this ongoing project, we’re navigating the development of a small nursing informatics initiative for your healthcare setting. While the chance to put this plan into action might not be immediate, the objective is to cultivate essential skills and considerations needed for such a project in your nursing practice. This endeavor unfolds in two parts, and you’re currently in the thick of Part 1.

Objective Recap

Your goal is to craft a viable plan for a small informatics project that can benefit your healthcare organization or nursing practice. The plan involves engaging with upper leadership, discussing your intention to design, plan, and propose the implementation and evaluation of this project within a 9-week timeframe.

Weeks 3 and Onward

As we progress into Week 3 and beyond, your focus remains on the Scope, Charter, and SWOT Analysis, which have been in the works for the past three weeks.

Week 3 Tasks

  1. Gap Analysis Visual: Create a visual representation using the Gap Analysis map. This map should outline the identified gap, illustrating the flow (or lack thereof) of information from its origin to the destination. Utilize the insights from the “How to do a GAP Analysis” video in this week’s resources.
  2. Work Breakdown Structure (WBS): Develop a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) using PowerPoint slides or an alternative method. The “What Is a Work Breakdown Structure?” media piece in this week’s Learning Resources is a helpful guide.
  3. Project Timeline – Gantt Chart: Construct a Project Timeline using a Gantt chart. This should define responsibilities and due dates for starting and finishing activities. You can refer to the example on pages 95–96 of the course text and the “Gantt Charts, Simplified” video in this week’s resources.

What’s Next – Week 5

By the end of Week 5, integrate these planning documents with the ones from Weeks 1 and 2, totaling six tools. Keep them updated as your project takes shape.

Submission Note: Remember, there’s no need to submit anything this week. However, ensure you incorporate feedback into your Part 1 submission for the Final Project in Week 9.

This journey aims to equip you with practical insights into managing a nursing informatics project, laying the groundwork for positive impacts on healthcare practices. Stay focused, and let’s see this project unfold!

Developing A Small Informatics Project for Your Organization, Part 2: Implementation

Week 4 Tasks:

As we delve into Week 4, your focus is on crucial aspects to ensure the success of your informatics project. Here’s what’s on your plate:

  1. RACI (Responsibility Chart): Outline responsibilities for tasks, especially if working within a team. Refer to the example in the Sipes text (pages 102–103).
  2. Communication Plan: Craft a comprehensive communication plan. Include documentation of all communications, status reports, changes, and next steps. Refer to the Sipes text (pages 109, 141–143) for guidance.
  3. Change Management Plan: Document all changes as they occur, from meetings to project drafts and team members. Utilize the Sipes text (pages 106, 108, 138, 156–157) for insights.
  4. Risk Management Plan: After exploring the “Risk Analysis How to Analyze Risks on Your Project” media piece, document the impact of COVID-19 on current processes. Address potential changes and mitigation strategies. The Sipes text (pages 103–105) offers a useful example.

Submission Reminder for Week 5

By the end of Week 5, integrate these four planning documents with the six design and planning documents from Weeks 1–4. Ensure all documents are current and updated as your project evolves. There’s no formal submission this week, but keep these preparations in mind.

Part 2: Implementation

Your journey doesn’t end here. In Part 2, you’ll provide a comprehensive evaluation of the full project, including lessons learned, successes, and areas for improvement. Craft a professional scholarly paper following APA 7 guidelines. Don’t forget the one-half to one-page executive summary.

Final Paper Guidelines

  • Minimum of 10 current citations from peer-reviewed journals.
  • Every statement supported by a reference.
  • Use primary sources; peer-reviewed journal articles are essential.
  • Ensure specific page numbers for references when necessary.
  • Adhere to APA Publication Manual (APA; 7th ed.) and Walden Writing Center guidelines.
  • Aim for a 17–20-page paper, excluding references.
  • Include title page, introduction, summary, and references following Walden Writing Center’s Sample Paper (https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/templates/general#s-lg-box-20293632).

Submission Deadline for Part 2: Submit your professional scholarly paper by Day 7 of Week 9, ensuring it reflects the culmination of your efforts and the valuable insights gained throughout this project.

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