NR 361 Week 8 Discussion: AACN Essentials Informatics Self-Assessment (graded)

NR 361 Week 8 Discussion: AACN Essentials Informatics Self-Assessment (graded)

NR 361 Week 8 Discussion: AACN Essentials Informatics Self-Assessment (graded)

     I can not believe this session is over! I wish everyone nothing but the best of luck while achieving their dreams in the healthcare profession = )

     This course has led me to understand that informatics is used all throughout the health care industry, as it utilizes ” …basic computer skills, information literacy and information management which are essential components of current nursing practice” (Foster, 2017). Looking back on my previous score of the AACN Essentials Self-Assessment, I scored a 29.  The one topic I did not score well on was “…evaluation of information systems in practice settings through policy and procedure development” (AACN, 2008). However, after learning more about informatics in healthcare, my score has went up to 31. It is not a big jump, but it has improved, which I wish to continue to improve throughout my nursing career.

     Through this session I have gained more of an understanding how I can have an impact on my facility by  using informatics to amend previous or implement new policies and procedures, specifically when it comes to patient safety (Hebda et al., 2019, p. 6). I can use my new found knowledge to look closer and the technology that is used, including mobile devices, electronic medical records (EMR), etc. and see how it impacts patient safety and quality of care. I feel more comfortable in knowing I can use this information to bring up to the Quality Improvement team and know I can help improve patient care. 

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American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2008). The essentials of baccalaureate education for professional nursing practice to an external site.

Foster, M., Sethares, K., (2017). Current strategies to implement informatics into the nursing curriculum: An integrative review. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics. 21(3). doi: 10899758

Hebda, T., Hunter, K., & Czar, P. (2019). Handbook of informatics for nurses & healthcare professionals (6th ed.). Pearson.

Upon completing this post-class self-assessment, my score increased by 3 points when compared to my previous self-assessment score. My scores have improved in the “Demonstrate skills in using patient care technologies, information systems, and communication devices that support safe nursing practice” and the “Use standardized terminology in a care environment that reflects nursing’s unique contribution to patient outcomes” sections.

This class has sparked an interest in informatics in nursing. I am a fan of technology and the implementation of new products that help in providing patient care. I foresee myself joining committees at my hospitals whenever a new piece of technology is being introduced.

My score improved from 35 to 38. I most improved in the areas of ‘participate in evaluation of information systems in practice settings through policy and procedure development’ and ‘use telecommunication technologies to assist in effective communication in a variety of healthcare settings’. We have recently implemented a secure chat system in Epic, so I can instant message providers and it reduces the number of pages i have to send and reduces the time it takes to get the orders I need. This definitely streamlines my work, and makes patient’s happier that they don’t have to wait too long for their medication or whatever need they have.

While I don’t do much with policy and procedure development, I can give feedback on how a new practice or system is working for me. When the secure chat system was first implemented, it was a little over used and not used in the proper way. Some things aren’t appropriate for the chat, like urgent labs or abnormal vitals. I often use it for fyi updates or simple medication requests such as tylenol. I gave feedback on how it was working for me and how I decided what was appropriate to use it for, and that was taken into account when they were defining how to use the chat.