The Nurse as a Knowledge Worker

For this Application Assignment, write a 3- to 4-page paper on the concept of nurses as knowledge workers using the following guidelines and evaluation criteria. Use the headings below for each section. Use a minimum of 5 references from the professional nursing literature in the assigned course readings and other references. If they are relevant, you may use one or two professional web sites in addition to the literature references.

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Very Important instructions for assignment

1.      Begin this paper with a brief paragraph that provides an overview of the assignment and its purpose.

2.     There is no separate heading for this paragraph; the heading for this paragraph is the same as the title of the paper. This paragraph will be about 2-3 sentences. The last sentence in this paragraph is a sentence that begins “The purpose of this paper is to ¨. This paragraph is worth 20 points.

 

These are the headings you should use

1.      Work environment and managing knowledge – 40 points

 

Select one of the following nursing work environments:

·         Clinical,

·         Education,

·         Administration or,

·         Research.

Describe how nurses manage knowledge in the context of that work environment.  This section is one paragraph.

 

2.     Managing change in workflow – 40 points

 

Consider how you have managed change in your work flow as a result of using some form of computer-based information technology. This section is 1-2 paragraphs.

 

3.     Current use of information technology – 40 points

 

·         Provide at least one example of an information technology you use today that you previously did not utilize (perhaps last year or in a previous employment).  ( A note from me: You could choose to discuss medication bar coding, automatic transfer of vital signs in patient computer chart, electronic medical record or whatever you choose to discuss).

·         Discuss at least two ways in which this information technology has impacted your practice of nursing. If you do not use any computer-based information technology in your practice, review the media presentation and readings for this week and select at least one type of computer-based information technology and

·         discuss how you would use this technology, and how this technology could influence your work. This section is 1- 2 paragraphs.

 

4.    Impact of information technology on the nursing profession – 40 points

 

·         Provide an analysis of how information technology impacts the profession of nursing.  This section is 1-2 paragraphs.

 

5.     Summary – 20 points

 

6.    End the paper with a one-paragraph summary of the main points of the paper.

Format/style

Proofread the paper as described in the tips for success in this course and correct any typos, grammar, spelling, punctuation, syntax, or APA format errors before submitting your paper in the Dropbox. Up to 40 points can be deducted from the grade for this assignment for these types of errors, or for not using at least the minimum number of required references.

References

·         Course Text: Hebda, T., & Czar, P. (2013). Handbook of informatics for nurses and healthcare professionals (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.

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o    Chapter 1, “Informatics in the Healthcare Professions”
This chapter provides background and introductory information on informatics in nursing. It also discusses informatics competencies and factors that impact patient safety.
·         Course Text: American Nurses Association. (2015). Nursing informatics: Scope and standards of practice (2nd ed.). Silver Spring, MD: Author.

o    “Introduction” and ” Metastructures, Concepts, and Tools of Nursing Informatics” (pp. 1–18)

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Nursing informatics is introduced and the key foundational components are discussed in these two sections of this book. The phenomenon of nurses as knowledge managers is also examined

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