Academic Master

Human Resource And Management

How Nursing Informatics Are Used In Clinical Practice

This course provides an extensive background of how nursing informatics are used in clinical practice, a comparison between the concept of nursing informatics and the concept of nursing professional nursing judgment, and a virtual learning environment (VLE). The course also emphasises the roles of advanced nurse practitioners (APNs) and the applications of project management concepts, the concept of bringing your own device (BYOD), and security issues that might be encountered when BYOD is allowed in a healthcare organization. These course activities support and meet the course outcomes in various ways, including providing an understanding of how nursing informatics is used in clinical practice, the importance of health informatics, applications of project management concepts, data breaches and security issues that may be encountered with BYOD.

Nursing Informatics

Nursing informatics plays a significant role in nursing practice. Understanding the importance of nursing informatics helps the graduate in the proper documentation of patient information as well as sharing patient information. Nursing informatics is changing the face of healthcare and facilitating the collection, analysis and leveraging of data. For instance, the use of electronic health records (EHRs) significantly affects the delivery of care by allowing easy access to patient information (McGonagall & Mastrian, 2014). The use of EHRs has replaced paper charts with handwritten notes. This competency enables the graduate to document and access patient information irrespective of their location, and this facilitates the provision of quality care. The graduate can use the TANIC self-assessment to determine the level of understanding of nursing informatics.

Application Of Concepts Of Project Management

The competency of a project manager is essential for an advanced nurse practitioner. The activities of this course prepare the graduate to become a competent project manager by providing an understanding of the qualities of a project manager and the roles of the advanced nurse practitioner. According to Collins (2016), a project manager carries out five critical roles in implementing change in a healthcare organization. These roles include designing and planning, controlling and monitoring, framing timelines, implementing change and evaluating the change. Understanding this role prepared the graduate to lead their team in the process of implementing change. Learning advanced nurse practice roles and skills enables the graduate to provide care in both critical and emergency situations. Also, advanced practice nurses are prepared to take care of patients with chronic conditions such as cancer and chronic kidney disease. Thus, this competency enables a graduate to handle patients with chronic conditions in various clinical situations.

Data Breaches And Security Issues Associated With BYOD

Data breaches present one of the most challenging data management issues in the healthcare system. Stored health information is at greater risk of a data breach through cyber intrusions. This course creates awareness of the possibilities and impacts of data breaches. With the alarming issues regarding the security of health information stored in EHRs, this course provides an extensive understanding of possible measures for risk factors predisposing the breaching of data. This competency enables the graduate to protect sensitive patient data, which can expose important data that can be used maliciously by intruders. The course also provides information about the emerging trend of bringing your own device (BYOD), where the organization allows employees to use their devices at work. Although this trend cuts costs for an organization’s investment in equipment, it is associated with adverse data security issues, especially when the employee does not comply with outlined guidelines to avoid these security issues (Wang, Wei, & Vangury, 2014). This competency enables the employee to protect health information while they use their devices at work.

References

Collins, S. (2016). Nursing Informatics Competencies: Psychometric Validation, Dissemination, and Maintenance of Self-Assessment Tool for Nurse Leaders. In Nursing Informatics (pp. 710-712).

McGonagall, D., & Mastrian, K. (2014). Nursing informatics and the foundation of knowledge. Jones & Bartlett Publishers.

Wang, Y., Wei, J., & Vangury, K. (2014, January). Bring your own device security issues and challenges. In Consumer Communications and Networking Conference (CCNC), 2014 IEEE 11th (pp. 80-85). IEEE.

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