NR 599 Week 2 Midweek Comprehension Questions
This week’s lesson and graded assignment are opportunities for you to evaluate your own competencies in order to better understand nursing informatics and enhance your knowledge and skills. Competency assessment is an on-going process. You might be quick to assume that your competencies will always increase. Be mindful of barriers and challenges as you reflect on this topic. As you progress in this course, in the program, and beyond, how might you expect your competencies to evolve? Provide a brief response (100 words or less).
Our nursing profession is constant change or evolving. Therefore, learning should never end; it is a lifelong process. Competency is the heart of the nursing profession. Therefore, competency assessment is an ongoing process for each nurse. This process is vital for patient safety, satisfaction, and clinical outcomes in the healthcare system. As I progress in this course, I have a basic understanding of informatics & technology. With each week, continue to build on the learning process. So each week is imperative to understand the concepts. Today, information technology is part of everyday care and requires nurses to have essential computer competencies and information literacy. Due to the integration of health information technology in the nursing profession, self-assessment will help me determine my weaknesses and strengths. For this reason, learning and working on my weakness will benefit the patients and me.
As I continue through the FNP course I expect my competencies to increase in the areas of advanced practice nursing knowledge, leadership, pharmaceuticals and a more critical problem solving approach to acute and long-term patient care outcomes. I do feel that I have some barriers and challenges with bedside care in hospital settings as my experience in more critical and acute settings is limited. I have mostly been in home healthcare, community based nursing and hospice home care which has a very different approach to health outcomes and comes with limitations of intensive treatments available for more intensive measures. As far as informatics I feel that I have again knowledge of main information systems and records on the epic system, however in home care setting and my current position electronic tracking is not present and everything is still on paper. I am able to appreciate good informatics systems that are in place and how it can improve a persons overall health/wellness outcomes and can assist with advocacy to improving systems that are not up to par.
My competencies are the foundation of how I care for my patients. In order to improve quality of care I need to continually work to enhance these competencies. As I progress through this course and beyond I think that some competencies will evolve faster than others. My patient encounters, leadership roles, research, participation in professional organizations and continuing education will all play a role in how my competencies are developed. Competency assessment through self reflection and self assessment will be necessary. The increasing demands and rapid changes in the healthcare system can create challenges to keep up with the latest evidenced based practice and technology. The advanced practice nurse is an important role in the healthcare delivery system. It will be my responsibility as a leader to develop my competencies so that I can provide quality, competent, cost efficient care to my clients. A lifelong commitment to learning and development will be important as things are continually advancing and evolving in our healthcare system and patient needs and expectations.
ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CLASS
Discussion Questions (DQ)
Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, include a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.
Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.
One or two sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.
Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.
APA Format and Writing Quality
Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).
Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.
Use of Direct Quotes
I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’ level and deduct points accordingly.
As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.
For assignments that need to be submitted to LopesWrite, please be sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me.
Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.
Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?
Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for tips on improving your paper and SI score.
The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
Please communicate with me if you anticipate having to submit an assignment late. I am happy to be flexible, with advance notice. We may be able to work out an extension based on extenuating circumstances.
If you do not communicate with me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will be in effect.
I do not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late unless we have worked out an extension.
As per policy, no assignments are accepted after the last day of class. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the last day of class will not be accepted for grading.
Communication is so very important. There are multiple ways to communicate with me:
Questions to Instructor Forum: This is a great place to ask course content or assignment questions. If you have a question, there is a good chance one of your peers does as well. This is a public forum for the class.
Individual Forum: This is a private forum to ask me questions or send me messages. This will be checked at least once every 24 hours.