Assessment 1 Nursing Informatics in Health Care
Nurse leaders play important roles in healthcare organizations. Nursing managers play vital roles, such as evaluating institutional needs and implementing interventions to manage them. Gaps/needs in healthcare can be in various fields, such as staffing, quality improvement, leadership styles, management structure, shared values, and skilled labor.
Nursing leadership thus involves simpler routine tasks such as scheduling and supervising staff and other complex tasks such as quality improvement project implementation. The QIs include safety, education, staffing, and structural measures to fill the existing gaps. Some interventions aim to improve efficiencies, such as creating new nursing roles in the organization. This presentation focuses on such a project that falls under staffing roles. It presents the roles and importance of a nurse informaticist and proposes the position of a nurse informaticist in the healthcare organization.
Nursing Informatics and Nursing Informaticists
Nursing informatics is a nursing specialty that integrates nursing, analytical, and information sciences to identify, analyze, and disseminate nursing data and knowledge and facilitate its assimilation into nursing practice (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2021). Nursing informatics differs from healthcare informatics because it focuses on nursing activities and data. Just like healthcare informaticists, nursing informaticists collect, analyze, store, and disseminate nursing data, which is useful in healthcare institutions (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2021).
Documentation is vital in nursing care delivery, and these professionals ensure that data is meticulously prepared and stored for utilization. They work with nursing professionals and leaders to implement change interventions and evaluate care delivery. Nursing processes require continuous evaluation and improvement, and the nurse informaticist will help maintain this role.
Nursing informaticists have played vital roles in improving healthcare outcomes in other institutions. According to Paltonen et al. (2019), nurse informaticists have reduced the overreliance of nursing on other professionals, such as healthcare informaticists, and increased nursing activities’ success. Most nursing interventions are data-driven, and with the nurse informaticist, they are more accurate and promote patent safety and quality care.
Nurse informaticists provide more convincing arguments by introducing relevant data and will thus play a vital role in policy and guidelines development. Nursing informaticists provide data to other healthcare professionals, such as nutritionists, pharmacists, and doctors, that is vital in care planning. They thus improve interactions and lead to more successful interprofessional collaboration.
The nurse informaticist will analyze current healthcare data to help make vital care decisions at the management level. The nursing department will thus not rely on the informaticist and quality assurance departments to receive data to improve their care quality, as is the current situation (Peltonen et al., 2019).
Strudwick et al. (2019) note that routine data collection and analysis helps improve nurses’ responsibility in data collection and analysis. The informaticist will ensure that nurses enter records accurately and on time. They follow up on these tasks and teach nurses to collect and incorporate data in normal settings.
Due to their nursing and technology backgrounds, the nursing informaticist will provide helpful advice on the different technologies and interventions to solve current problems. In addition, they will help collect data for quality improvement projects, easing the hectic processes involved in pre-and post-implementation evaluations.
Impact Of Full Nurse Engagement in Health Care Technology
Nurses are the professionals close to the patient and the best professionals in implementing and evaluating technologies. They evaluate patients and implement technologies such as IV drug pumps that improve care delivery efficiency and promote patient safety. Kumari et al. (2019) note that informatics help nurses notice trends (in healthcare dashboards) reflected in data and raise early alarms hence their control.
Nurses’ involvement in technology is vital to ensure they learn and efficiently use these technologies. They help improve workflow through reduced work burden, common data entry and management points, better care coordination, and reduced role confusion among professionals. Participation in healthcare technology improves their knowledge, and nurses’ knowledge of technology increases their acceptance and implementation hence better patient outcomes.
Brown et al. (2020) note that nurses’ activities require continuous improvement, and involving nurses in healthcare technology introduces vital insights into implementing these technologies. Nurses also participate in their evaluation and subsequent improvement for better healthcare outcomes. There are various strategies meant to protect patient information.
These strategies include using electronic health records that are well-protected from external attacks. Individualized logins for authorized professionals will help keep unauthorized personnel away. Modern technologies also allow leaders to track professionals and their work online. They help show the location, duration, and activity in the electronic health records. Such technologies will help keep information safe by addressing perpetrators and ensuring that access to information is highly regulated. Nurses are
Cost and Return on Investment
The return on investment in healthcare varies and is based on the costs the hospital prevents by implementing change interventions. There are various costs the hospital incurs due to the lack of a nursing informaticist role in the organization. The nursing informaticist will collect and analyze data in the quality improvement project, an activity that costs the organization a fortune to get done.
The institution often hires external auditors for the role, and owing to the high number of QIs, the institution spends a lot of money (over $400000) yearly on these external auditors. The nurse informaticist will also ensure that the nurses are well-updated on current technologies and evidence-based practices, thus improving care quality and patient safety. In addition, they will detect problems early and participate in quality improvement for better population health outcomes.
Opportunities and Challenges
The first opportunity is the already high workload in the informaticist department, nursing being the highest contributor to healthcare information. Another opportunity is the high number of quality improvement projects in nursing that require management (Booth et al., 2021). The nurse informaticist will also provide vital data to other professionals for decision-making.
The informaticist will also collect data from other professionals crucial to their work. No discipline can be entirely independent and data sharing in the various department is vital. Booth et al. (2021) note that the major challenge facing nursing data science, including nursing informaticists, is change resistance by the healthcare leaders and the nurses due to limited understanding of the role. Another major challenge is role confusion.
The nurse informaticist has distinguished roles from health records, information officers, and health informaticists. It might take time before nurses and other healthcare professionals understand their distinct roles and participate in their work. In addition, the role will come with an added cost which will entail the nurse informaticists and their secretary, all of whom the healthcare institution will pay.
Summary of Recommendation
The nurse informaticist will form a vital link between nurses, patients, and healthcare information. They will provide data for healthcare improvement. They also assess the data plan and implement interventions to improve healthcare delivery within their jurisdiction. Another major role is assessing departmental technology needs and implementing them to increase efficiency and promote better outcomes.
The nurse informaticist will ease the burden on the health informaticist and increase the nursing activities’ efficiency. The role is thus vital in ensuring continued patient safety and improving care quality and efficiency, thus critical to the organization.
In addition, it will help cut the hospital’s exorbitant costs with external auditors in collecting, analyzing, and disseminating data on quality improvement projects in nursing. The role will also increase interprofessional collaboration, and its implementation in the organization will benefit the patients, nurses, and the healthcare institution.
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