Briefly share your nursing background and professional interests.
My nursing career began in 2015 after graduating with an associate’s degree in Nursing. In my training during the nursing program, I wanted to further my education of other nursing professionals. Post-graduation I continued on and gained a bachelors’ and then master’s degree in Nursing as a nurse practitioner I have worked in psychiatric nursing inpatients for 6 years, seeing all ages from children to adult. My professional interests include improving mental health and addiction in underserved communities
Summarize how informatics has impacted or changed nursing practice. Provide an example from your professional experience.
Informatics has impacted nursing practice in several ways. Informatics are used in research, insurance, data representation, and in the form of electronic health records (Laureate Education, 2011). The specific vocabulary and words used to describe health assessments are represented in a more uniform way. Before informatics, two health care professionals might use different vocabulary to describe
the same health assessment findings but through informatics, descriptions can be used with more consistency with the way that data is represented in charting systems. Informatics allows clients to have access to their own health records as well as other resources thus empowering patients and also making them accountable in some ways of their own health and health care. In my professional experiences, informatics has impacted my communication techniques with Patients. When I first began my nursing career, computers were only located in the charting room or at the nursing station. Now, computers are at every bedside and more time is being spent using the computers to ensure that I get specific types of information. Often times, I am using the computer and communicating with the patient at the same time. This is beneficial as it provides accuracy in my documentation and a quick resources for patient information (new orders, medication orders, etc.) but was also a challenge in ensuring that the patient feels that I am there to help and support them. I have learned to address all of the patient’s immediate needs before beginning documentation and to also communicate with the patient that I am documenting in the computer my most recent assessment so that they do not feel ignored or awkward in my silence for a few moments.
Evaluate how established informatics competencies influence quality of care, safety improvements, and excellence in nursing practice.
Informatics is now a requirement for nursing practice (Ball, Douglas, Walker, Dulong, Gugerty, Hannah, & Troseth, 2011). With any requirement, competencies are needed to ensure the ability of a person to do their job properly. Nursing informatics helps to improve safety and quality of care through improved documentation accuracy, data organization and analysis, and the reuse of data previously collected (Technology, Informatics Education Reform (TIGER), n.d.)
Assess your informatics strengths and preferences, as well as potential challenges and areas for development. (Be sure to refer to specific TIGER and ANA competencies.)
In my personal and professional experiences, computers and digital tools have always been familiar. TIGER competencies are broken down into three parts that include information literacy, basic computer, and information management (TIGER, n.d.). I have strengths is all areas of the three competencies however there is room for further development in the area of information literacy. Competency 3 under information literacy is “evaluate information and its source critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system” (TIGER, n.d.). This competency includes the ability to identify gaps in information, evaluate information, and integrate information into existing knowledge (TIGER, n.d.).
Describe one strategy for enhancing your informatics skills and competencies.
One strategy for enhancing my informatics skills and competencies is to follow the recommendations set for by TIGER for education and faculty development. TIGER (n.d.) recommends the more exemplars or super users of informatics programs, the integration of informatics into curriculums, and faculty education on informatics. Researching ways to incorporate more informatics into nursing curriculums will help future nurses meet information literacy, basic computer, and information management competencies.
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