Assignment: Professional Stakeholders NUR 514
Assignment: Professional Stakeholders NUR 514
As an advanced registered nurse, you will serve as a leader within your organization. Part of this role will entail being a change agent, and spurring positive change on behalf of patients, colleagues, and the industry.
Consider a situation you experienced previously where change did not go as planned in your health care organization. Create a 10-15-slide PowerPoint presentation in which you will assess the situation and the steps that should have been taken to successfully implement change.
Identify the key interprofessional stakeholders (both internal and external) that should be involved in change efforts.
What is Nursing Leadership in Healthcare Informatics?
The role of the nursing leader encompasses clinical and managerial responsibilities that may vary depending on clinical setting or placement in the organizational hierarchy. In looking at nursing leadership literature through the context of informatics, it is apparent that leaders are pivotal to technology integration in every arena of nursing practice (Honey & Westbrooke, 2016; Hussey, Adams & Shaffer, 2015; Kerfoot, 2015; Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform, 2014). Healthcare’s continuous state of transformation now requires nurse leaders to develop informatics skills and competencies; it is no longer optional if one wants to lead effectively in the technological age (Collins et al., 2017; Honey & Westbrooke, 2016; Hussey & Kennedy, 2015; Hussey, Adams & Shaffer, 2015; Kerfoot, 2015; Lloyd & Ferguson, 2017; Phillips et al., 2017; Remus, 2016; Simpson, 2013; Staggers et al., 2018; Strudwick, 2016; Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform, 2014; Troseth, 2014). Nursing leaders who develop informatics competencies can work more effectively in ensuring the “successful selection, development, and competent use of devices and clinical systems” (Kerfoot, 2015, p 342). Additionally, nurse leaders with informatics competencies and knowledge will be needed at higher levels to inform policy and decision making related to ICT implementation (Honey & Westbrooke, 2016; Hussey et al., 2015; Simpson, 2013; Strudwick, 2016; Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform, 2014).
Given their clinical background, nurse leaders are also positioned to provide a holistic perspective when organizations move to develop integrated models of care that leverage technology, such as telehealth, to transform patient care delivery (Hussey et al., 2015; Hussey & Kennedy, 2016; Simpson, 2013; Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform, 2014). The intertwining of technology and nursing practice creates an interdependency that, when leveraged properly by nursing leaders, can create project synergy and bolster their ability to advocate for ICT solutions that meet patient needs and yield sustainable quality patient outcomes (Honey & Westbrooke, 2016; Hussey & Kennedy, 2015; Hussey et al., 2015; Remus, 2016; Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform, 2014; Troseth, 2014). To put it simply, leaders who develop and adopt informatics competencies can help bridge the gap between clinical nursing practice and IT (Hussey et al., 2015; Hussey & Kennedy, 2016; Lloyd & Ferguson, 2017; Simpson, 2013; Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform, 2014).
Nursing Leadership in Healthcare Informatics Drives Interoperability
While the use of ICTs has become more widespread and new models of care emerge that capitalize on technological advancements, nurses continue to have usability issues related to ICTs in practice (Staggers et al., 2018). Common issues reported include EHR designs that do not support how nurses document or interact with patient information, computerized provider order entry (CPOE) systems that do not account for nursing activities, or lack of interfaces with biomedical devices and other patient data collection systems (Hussey & Kennedy, 2016; Staggers et al,. 2018; Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform, 2014). For nurses this could translate into challenges with electronic documentation in the EHR, delays in care if physicians are required to enter nursing orders, or the need to access multiple systems for information to develop a comprehensive understanding of the patient picture (Hussey & Kennedy, 2016; Staggers et al., 2018; Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform, 2014). Ultimately, lack of consideration for nursing workflows during planning and design can result in a fragmented system that functions contrary to the TIGER recommendation for professional interoperability- the sharing of expertise and knowledge across disciplines in a meaningful and transparent way (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform, 2014). According to Staggers et al. (2018) this “means nurses become the human interface and integrator among disparate systems” (p 192). As such, nurse leaders need to develop a deeper understanding of nursing informatics and merge it with their clinical knowledge to effectively inform, influence or lead technology related initiatives that impact nursing workflow at the point of care (Hussey et al., 2015; Hussey & Kennedy, 2016; Kerfoot, 2015; Lloyd & Ferguson, 2017; Simpson, 2013; Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform, 2014).
You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.
Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.
Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.
The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.