Week 1 discussion
AACN Essentials Self-Assessment Results
Download and open the AACN Essentials Self-Assessment (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. Complete the self-assessment of your current comfort levels and total your score. If you are willing, please share your total score with your classmates in your discussion post. Identify areas where your knowledge could use improvement. Keep in mind that all professional nurses are knowledge workers. What questions do you have as they relate to nursing informatics and the AACN essentials?
Week 2 discussion
Experiences With Healthcare Information Systems
Share your experiences with healthcare information systems, past or present. Has it been an easy transition or difficult? Why do you believe your experience has been positive or negative? If you are currently not working, how has the medical record exposure in nursing school impacted your current knowledge?
Week 3 discussion
Opportunities for Improvement with Usability and Interoperability
Usability and interoperability are major issues to consider in the development of Healthcare Information Systems (HIS). How do your organization’s systems address these issues in terms of transfer of information versus re-entry at various points in the system (emergency department, inpatient, and home care)? With the knowledge you have gained from your readings, what evidence-based suggestions will you make to improve your systems?
Week 4 discussion
Your Patient has a PHR (Personal Health Record)… Now What?
Patient portals and personal health records (PHRs) are commonplace today. What are the pros and cons of having a PHR? What safeguards and decision-making support tools are included in patient portals and PHRs to help patients and healthcare professionals ensure safety?
Week 5 discussion
Documentation and Reimbursement
What is the impact of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) payment denial on the healthcare system? What are the implications for our nursing practice related to use of standardized terminology for documentation? How does this impact patient outcomes?
Week 6 discussion
Distractors in our Environment
Distractions are everywhere. They may include cellphones, the alarms sounding for multiple different reasons, overhead paging, monitors beeping, and staff interrupting our thoughts. Give an example of an ethical or legal issue that may arise if a patient has a poor outcome or sentinel event because of a distraction such as alarm fatigue. What does evidence reveal about alarm fatigue and distraction when it comes to patient safety?
Week 7 discussion
Use of Personal Communication Devices in Patient Care Settings
How can the use of the nurse’s personal communication device(s) impact patient care positively and/or negatively? What are the ethical and legal implications? What does the professional literature say about how communication devices can support safe nursing practice?
Week 8 discussion
Reflective and Projected Practice
Prior to posting, complete the Week 8 AACN Essentials Self-Assessment (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. Compare your scores from Week 1 to Week 8. How far have you come? How will you use evidence to further improve your nursing informatics knowledge during the next two years of practice?
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