Discussion: NURS 6051 Understanding Workflow Design

Discussion: NURS 6051 Understanding Workflow Design

Discussion 6051 Understanding Workflow Design

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As you explored last week, the implementation of a new
technology can dramatically affect the workflow of an organization. Newly
implemented technologies can initially limit the productivity of users as they
adjust to their new tools. Such implementations tend to be so significant that
they often require workflows to be redesigned in order to achieve improvements
in safety and patient outcomes. However, before workflows can be redesigned,
they must first be analyzed. This analysis includes each step in completing a
certain process. Some systems duplicate efforts or contain unnecessary steps
that waste time and money and could even jeopardize patient health care. By
reviewing and modifying the workflow, you enable greater productivity. This
drive to implement new technologies has elevated the demand for nurses who can
perform workflow analysis.

In this Discussion you explore resources that have been
designed to help guide you through the process of workflow assessment.

To prepare:

Take a few minutes and peruse the information found in the
article “Workflow Assessment for Health IT Toolkit” listed in this week’s
Learning Resources.

As you check out the information located on the different
tabs, identify key concepts that you could use to improve a workflow in your
own organization and consider how you could use them.

Go the Research tab and identify and read one article that
is of interest to you and relates to your specialty area.Discussion 6051 Understanding Workflow Design

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By Day 3

Post a summary of three different concepts you found in
“Workflow Assessment for Health IT Toolkit” that would help in redesigning a
workflow in the organization in which you work (or one with which you are
familiar) and describe how you would apply them. Next, summarize the article
you selected and assess how you could use the information to improve workflow
within your organization. Finally, evaluate the importance of monitoring the
effect of technology on workflow.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ responses. Focus
particularly on questions raised for which you can add comments based on your
experiences or situations. Consider how your colleagues’ postings reflect
and/or differ from your own perceptions and opinions. Review the Learning
Resources for any clarification needed before responding.

By Day 6

Respond to at least two of your colleagues on two different days
using one or more of the following approaches

Ask a probing question, substantiated with additional
background information, evidence or research.

Share an insight from having read your colleagues’ postings,
synthesizing the information to provide new perspectives.

Offer and support an alternative perspective using readings
from the classroom or from your own research in the Walden Library.

Validate an idea with your own experience and additional

Make a suggestion based on additional evidence drawn from
readings or after synthesizing multiple postings.

Expand on your colleagues’ postings by providing additional
insights or contrasting perspectives based on readings and evidence.