NURS4040 Managing Health Information and Technology

In this course, learners leverage technology to effectively and efficiently achieve desired patient, systems, and population outcomes. Learners develop and demonstrate generalist nursing practices needed to manage health information and patient care technologies. Learners also develop strategies to improve security of patient information.  For BSN learners only.
Write a 4-5 page evidence-based proposal to support the need for a nurse informaticist in an organization who would focus on improving health care outcomes.
Write a 4-5 page evidence-based proposal to support the need for a nurse informaticist in an organization who would focus on improving health care outcomes. As you begin to prepare this assessment, you are encouraged to complete the Team Perspectives of the Nurse Informaticist activity. Completion of this will help you succeed with the assessment as you explore the nurse informaticist’s role from the different perspectives of the health care team. Completing activities is also a way to demonstrate engagement. Nurses at the baccalaureate level in all practice areas are involved in nursing informatics through interaction with information management and patient care technologies. Nurses must not only demonstrate knowledge of and skills in health information and patient care technologies, but also how to use these tools at the bedside and organizational levels. Moreover, nurses need to recognize how information gathered from various health information sources can impact decision making at the national and state regulatory levels. Demonstration of Proficiency By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the course competencies through the following assessment scoring guide criteria: • • • • • • • • •
Competency 1: Describe nurses’ and the interdisciplinary team’s role in informatics with a focus on electronic health information and patient care technology to support decision making. Define nursing informatics and the role of the nurse informaticist. Explain how the nurse collaborates with the interdisciplinary team, including technologists, to improve the quality of patient care. Justify the need for a nurse informaticist in a health care organization.
Competency 2: Implement evidence-based strategies to effectively manage protected health information. Explain evidence-based strategies that the nurse and interdisciplinary team can use to effectively manage patients’ protected health information (privacy, security, and confidentiality).
Competency 5: Apply professional, scholarly communication to facilitate use of health information and patient care technologies. Follow APA style and formatting guidelines for citations and references. Create a clear, well-organized, and professional proposal that is generally free from errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Scenario For this assessment, assume you are a nurse attending a meeting of your state’s nurses’ association. A nurse informaticist conducted a presentation on her role and its impact on positive patient and organizational outcomes in her workplace. You realize that your organization is undergoing many technological changes. You believe this type of role could provide many benefits to your organization. You decide to pursue proposing a nurse informaticist role in your organization. You speak to your chief nursing officer (CNO) and human resources (HR) manager. These individuals ask you to prepare a 4–5 page evidence-based proposal to support the new role. In this way, they can make an informed decision as to whether the addition of such a role could justify the return on investment (ROI). They need your proposal before an upcoming fiscal meeting. Preparation To successfully prepare for this assessment, you will need to complete these preparatory activities: • • • • • •
Review assessment resources and activities. Conduct independent research on the nursing knowledge and skills necessary to interact with health information and patient care technology. Focus your research on current resources available through peer-reviewed articles, professional websites, government websites, professional blogs, wiki pages, job boards, et cetera. Consult the BSN Program Library Research Guide for help in identifying scholarly and authoritative sources. Interview peers in your network who are considered information technology experts. Ask them about how information technology advances are impacting patient care at the bedside, at the organizational level, and beyond. Proposal Format The Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and Human Resources (HR) manager have asked you to include the following headings in your proposal and to be sure to address the bullets underneath each heading:
Nursing Informatics and the Nurse Informaticist
• What is nursing informatics? • What is the role of the nurse informaticist? Nurse Informaticists and Other Health Care Organizations • • What is the experience of other health care organizations with nurse informaticists? How do these nurse informaticists interact with the rest of the nursing staff and the interdisciplinary team?
Impact of Full Nurse Engagement in Health Care Technology • • • • •
How does fully engaging nurses in health care technology impact: Patient care? Protected health information (security, privacy, and confidentiality)? Workflow? Costs and return on investment?
Opportunities and Challenges • •
What are the opportunities and challenges for nurses and the interdisciplinary team with the addition of a nurse informaticist role?
How can the interdisciplinary team collaborate to improve quality care outcomes through technology?
Summary of Recommendations
• What are 3–4 key takeaways from your proposal about the recommended nurse informaticist role that you want the CNO and the HR manager to remember?
Additional Requirements • • • •
• Written communication: Ensure written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.
Submission length: 4–5 double-spaced pages, in addition to a title page and references page.
Font: Times New Roman, 12 point.
Citations and References: Cite a minimum of 3 current scholarly and/or authoritative sources to support your ideas. In addition, cite a minimum of 1 current professional blog or website to support your central ideas. Current means no more than five years old.
APA formatting: Be sure to follow APA formatting and style guidelines for citations and references. For an APA refresher, consult the APA Style and Format page on Campus.
RESOURCES • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
Chauvette, A. (2016). History of nursing informatics in Canada. Canadian Journal of Nursing Informatics, 11(4). This paper examines the evolution of nursing informatics in Canada and its significant influence on nursing practice.
Grandia, L. (2017). Healthcare information systems: A look at the past, present, and future [PDF]. Available from This article provides a rationale for prioritizing data warehousing and analytics over other improvements in health care information technology.
OpenText. (2017). The history of health information management – from then to now [Blog post]. Retrieved from This article explores the history of health information management from the 15th century through the early 21st century.
Heath, S. (2018). Patient health data access top-of-mind in ONC draft framework. Retrieved from This article explains the need for patients to have seamless access their own health data to improve patient engagement as prioritized by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).
Hessels, A., Flynn, L., Cimiotti, J. P., & Bakken, S. (2015). Impact of heath information technology on the quality of patient care. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics, 19(3). Retrieved from: HIMSS examines how the adoption of electronic health records (EHR) affects adverse outcomes and patient satisfaction.
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. (2011). Position statement on transforming nursing practice through technology and informatics [PDF]. Retrieved from ntMonographReport.pdf This position statement identifies specific recommendations for eliminating barriers and addressing nursing’s role in transforming health care through the use of IT, particularly in regard to the role of nursing informatics.
Manojlovich, M., Adler-Milstein, J., Harrod, M., Sales, A., Hofer, T. P., Saint, S., & Krein, S. L. (2015). The effect of health information technology on health care provider communication: A mixed-method protocol. JMIR Research Protocols, 4(2). Retrieved from Manojlovich and co-authors examine health information technology on patient/provider health care communications. • • • • • •
Neumeier, M. (2016). Can nursing informatics improve person-centered care? Canadian Journal of Nursing Informatics, 11(4). This discussion reviews how care recipients and care providers need better access to more appropriate information in a more timely fashion in order to improve care.
Rauv, S. (2017, June 14). The impact of technology in healthcare [Blog post]. Retrieved from Rauv examines the top five health care technology trends and innovations.
University of Illinois at Chicago. (n.d.). Three ways technology has changed healthcare. Retrieved from This Web article explains how information technology is considered the driving force behind improvements in health care.
• The following health care and nursing informatics websites provide resources, education, and networking opportunities for nursing informatics professionals: • • •
• Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. (n.d.). Retrieved from American Nurses Informatics Association. (n.d.). Retrieved from Alliance for Nursing Informatics. (n.d.). Retrieved from


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