NURS 6431 Week 6 Journal Entries

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Journal Entries Due Week 7 (References immediately follow the content)

From Week 6:

Journal Assignment—Part 1

After reviewing the Practicum Weekly Resource, record responses to the following in your Journal:

What strategies will you use as a nurse informaticist to maintain a balance between the wants and needs of the IT department, the administration, and the end user?

How can you ensure that the needs of the end user are being adequately addressed?

How can you use effective networking as a means of influencing a project?

Journal Assignment—Part 2

Note: Each week, you are responsible for locating a scholarly journal article in the Walden Library related to your area(s) of interest. Include in your Journal the reference in proper APA format, and provide a brief summary of the article. The article from each week will serve as the genesis of the bibliography in your final Practicum course (NURS 6600), so time spent locating pertinent articles now will be beneficial.

After completing this Journal Assignment, submit your entire Journal so far in a single document on or before Day 7 of this week.

Journal Assignment—Part 3

Practicum Onsite Visits

Summarize the key activities of your visits to your Practicum site (as appropriate), including with whom you met, what you did, and what you gained from the experience.

Note: Be sure to maintain an accurate log of the time you spend on any specific aspect of the Practicum.

Week 6 Journal Assignment—Part 1:

What strategies will you use as a nurse informaticist to maintain a balance between the wants and needs of the IT department, the administration, and the end user?

Understanding the needs of the IT department, the administration, and the end user and how those needs intersect, is important to the success of the nurse informaticist. While it seems like a new technology may be ideal for the end user, will it also be supported by hospital administration? Will the IT department have the resources to implement and support the product after implementation? Does the product company have offer adequate technical support? There are many factors to consider other than just the needs of the end user or patient. Timothy Prestero (2012) emphasized the importance of designing for outcomes. Having a basic knowledge of an organization’s mission and values is also important. What outcomes are important to the organization? To the end user?

How can you ensure that the needs of the end user are being adequately addressed?

Meeting with the appropriate stakeholders and understanding the end user’s workflow will help identify the needs that must be addressed. Considering usability when selecting and implementing new technology will determine future success. Completing a gap analysis in current workflow will help determine what things are missing from current state and will influence solutions in future state. Involving end users in the planning and implementing of a project will increase user buy-in and help address questions that may arise that only those who will eventually be using the product would know the answer to. Pilot studies are a great way to test out a new technology to ensure the end users’ needs are being met. Optimization from feedback post implementation is also important in that issues may arise that were unexpected.

How can you use effective networking as a means of influencing a project?

Effective networking with all the key people involved, or who will be affected by a project, is important in influencing the end result. Effective networking allows you to know who to go to for specific questions, or who to go to when you may need some influence when project challenges arise. Building relationships is a good way to create recognition for yourself and support when you need it.

Prestero, T. (2012). Design for people not awards. TED Talks. Retrieved from http://www.ted.com/talks/timothy_prestero_design_for_people_not_awards.html

Week 6 Journal Assignment—Part 2 (Practicum Journal Article Summary):

The article I chose examined the most important research topics in nursing informatics for the future development of the field of nursing informatics. There was an international study including 44 countries, including the United States. Peltonen et al. (2016) interviewed nurses in both academia and clinical settings, and concluded with a total of 373 respondents. The study concluded with the top ten research areas of focus chosen by the respondents which were: “big data science, standardized terminologies (clinical evaluation/implementation), education and competencies, clinical decision support, mobile health, usability, patient safety, data exchange and interoperability, patient engagement, and clinical quality measures” (Peltonen et al., 2016, p. 226). I found this article particularly interesting as most of the ten topics have been a source of focus in many of the classes I have taken in the Nurse Informatics program. Knowing where your professional field is headed is necessary for your own professional growth and success.

Peltonen, L.-M., Topaz, M., Ronquillo, C., Pruinelli, L., Sarmiento, R. F., Badger, M. K., … Alhuwail, D. (2016). Nursing Informatics Research Priorities for the Future: Recommendations from an International Survey. Studies In Health Technology And Informatics225, 222–226. Retrieved from https://search-ebscohost-com.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=mnh&AN=27332195&site=eds-live&scope=site

Week 6 Journal Assignment—Part 3 (Practicum Onsite Visits):

I spent most of my time this week assisting with the EHR upgrade. I attended a command center prep meeting and assisted in preparing tip sheets for the clinical staff. It has been very interesting and informative participating in such a large-scale multidisciplinary implementation. I have been watching how the various teams come together and the processes involved in change management. I am looking forward to spending time in the command center next week




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