The Nurse Leader as Knowledge Worker.
Assign reading McGonigle, D., & Mastrian, K. G. (2017). Nursing informatics and the foundation of knowledge (4th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning. Chapter 1, “Nursing Science and the Foundation of Knowledge” (pp. 7–19) Chapter 2, “Introduction to Information, Information Science, and Information Systems” (pp. 21–33) Chapter 3, “Computer Science and the Foundation of Knowledge Model” (pp. 35–62) Nagle, L., Sermeus, W., & Junger, A. (2017). Evolving Role of the Nursing Infomatics Specialist. In J. Murphy, W. Goosen, & P. Weber (Eds.), Forecasting Competencies for Nurses in the Future of Connected Health (212-221). Clifton, VA: IMIA and IOS Press.The Nurse Leader as Knowledge Worker. Retrieved from https://serval.unil.ch/resource/serval:BIB_4A0FEA56B8CB.P001/REF Sweeney, J. (2017).
Healthcare informatics. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics, 21(1). Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases. Required Media Laureate Education (Producer). (2018). Health Informatics and Population Health: Trends in Population Health [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author. Assignment: The Nurse Leader as Knowledge Worker The term “knowledge worker” was first coined by management consultant and author Peter Drucker in his book, The Landmarks of Tomorrow (1959). Drucker defined knowledge workers as high-level workers who apply theoretical and analytical knowledge, acquired through formal training, to develop products and services. Does this sound familiar? Nurses are very much knowledge workers. What has changed since Drucker’s time are the ways that knowledge can be acquired.The Nurse Leader as Knowledge Worker. The volume of data that can now be generated and the tools used to access this data have evolved significantly in recent years and helped healthcare professionals (among many others) to assume the role of knowledge worker in new and powerful ways. In this Assignment, you will consider the evolving role of the nurse leader and how this evolution has led nurse leaders to assume the role of knowledge worker. You will prepare a PowerPoint presentation with an infographic (graphic that visually represents information, data, or knowledge. Infographics are intended to present information quickly and clearly.) to educate others on the role of nurse as knowledge worker. Reference: Drucker, P. (1959). The landmarks of tomorrow. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers. To Prepare: Review the concepts of informatics as presented in the Resources. Reflect on the role of a nurse leader as a knowledge worker. Consider how knowledge may be informed by data that is collected/accessed. The Assignment:The Nurse Leader as Knowledge Worker. Explain the concept of a knowledge worker. Define and explain nursing informatics and highlight the role of a nurse leader as a knowledge worker. Develop a simple infographic to help explain these concepts. Your PowerPoint should Include the hypothetical scenario you originally shared in the Discussion Forum. Include your examination of the data that you could use, how the data might be accessed/collected, and what knowledge might be derived from that data. Be sure to incorporate feedback received from your colleagues’ responses. My discussion post from previous week The Application of Data to Problem-Solving According to McGonigle and Mastrian (2017), health information technology is vital in identifying disease processes and predicting individuals\’ and populations\’ health status. Integrating big data in healthcare is key in improving population health. While health information technology has the potential to disrupt clinical workflow for nurses, it is incredibly crucial for healthcare professionals to acknowledge available technology and its significance in healthcare problem-solving. Nursing informatics is a healthcare specialty concerned with integrating nursing, information, and computer science domains to create and maintain medical data and systems that support nursing practice and improve care outcomes (Nagle et al., 2017). The specialty utilizes healthcare data to improve clinical decision making. It ensures that nurses have appropriate data to solving health problems, make decisions that enhance patient health, and add to the existing medical knowledge pool. A hypothetical scenario aligned with my healthcare practice in which data could be applied to problem-solving surrounds tracking of the operating room in ‘in room’ times. In our operating practice, we have been struggling with initiating patient cases on time, ultimately lagging in timely patient care. Data can be used to establish the reasons behind the operating room \’late starts.\’ For instance, electronic medical records data can track late codes entered by nurses, late physicians, not signing of consents, and late orders. Tracking late codes will allow us to work on these elements individually and implement policies aimed at their e enhancement.The Nurse Leader as Knowledge Worker. From this data, we will derive knowledge that will significantly improve the current situation and prevent \’late starts.\’ Sweeney (2017) asserts that knowledge derived from healthcare data is vital in clinical decision making. By using knowledge from the collected data, nurse leaders will use clinical reasoning and judgment to implement late start policies, among them requiring attending physicians to arrive before the scheduled time and communicating scheduled surgical times effectively to avoid any delays. Nurse leaders will also share information effectively to enable operating nurses to make appropriate changes to avoid unit delays.The Nurse Leader as Knowledge Worker.