Integration of nursing informatics skills and competencies due: Mastrian & McGonigle (2015) define nursing informatics as the mixture of nursing science, computer science, and information science and computer science and in some cases cognitive science. They also outline the components of a model of the building blocks of nursing informatics as follows: Knowledge acquisition, knowledge dissemination, knowledge generation and knowledge processing. These are the basic activities that are undertaken by a nurse on a daily basis either consciously or subconsciously (Mastrian & McGonigle, 2015). My practice is an information based profession. On a normal day, I monitor the condition and vital signs of my patients, perform procedures such as the operation of a haemodialysis machine and assess the effectiveness of the procedures, explain procedures to my patients, evaluate the effectiveness of the procedures and clean up the patients’ immediate environment.
All these activities conform to the four building blocks of nursing informatics as presented by Mastrian and McGonigle (2015). The Nursing informatics tools I use on a daily basis include knowledge acquisition, knowledge dissemination, knowledge generation and knowledge processing (American Association of Colleges of Nursing QSEN Consortium, 2012). 1.
Knowledge acquisition: My immediate sources of information as I attend to patients include the diagnosis procedures that I undertake by monitoring the vital signs of the patient for example blood pressure, body temperature, rate of heartbeat and the amount of oxygen in the blood. Moreover, I have knowledge from the formal education acquired in school and the internet, as well as the available hospital records and database concerning the patient in question and any other previous cases. Thus, I am able to tap into any of this information sources either consciously or subconsciously. 2.
Knowledge dissemination: This happens when i share out the information I have acquired in the knowledge acquisition process with fellow nurses and other medical practitioners either in a formal setting for example forums or an informal setting such as social media. In the process, I am able to receive feedback which helps confirm the accuracy of the acquired information and any corrections and further research I need to make concerning the acquired information. 3. Knowledge generation: This process mainly entails research. In the process of knowledge acquisition and dissemination, I often come across a phenomenon that requires further research.
In undertaking the research, I may come across knowledge that is useful in the profession and shares it out with the other medical practitioners in both formal and informal settings. 4. Knowledge processing: This process may occur subconsciously in my mind during the knowledge acquisition process, the knowledge dissemination process and the knowledge generation process. During this process, I reason out and make conclusions based on the information at hand and previous experiences. This process could be undertaken consciously whereby the information acquired over time and stored in the database is analysed, and useful information is acquired that will ascertain better decision-making in the future practices.
This process leads to the development of philosophies that guide future practitioners. All in all, the various aspects of nursing informatics happen concurrently and involve the use of nursing science, computer science and to acquire, communicate, manage and process information. This has helped improve the way teaching of nursing sciences is undertaken and better decision making for nurses when providing healthcare service due to the availability of viable information (Johnson et al. , 2012). ReferencesAmerican Association of Colleges of Nursing QSEN Consortium (September 24, 2012). Graduate - Level QSEN Competencies Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes.
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