Informaticscompetencies in the nursing profession allow the development of ashared vision as well as strategies aimed at improving nursingpractices. They also facilitate the delivery of patient care throughthe use of health information technology. Nurses employ these toolsin making healthcare safer, more efficient, timely, andpatient-centered just to mention a few (Abdrbo, 2015). However, theachievement of these elements requires transparent integration ofinformation technology into nursing practices and education.Additionally, nurses certified in informatics competencies possessthe skills to analyze, design and implement information systems thatsupport nursing in various healthcare settings (Abdrbo, 2015). Theyalso possess the ability to function as translators between nurseclinicians and information technology personnel. These may befollowed closely by ensuring that information systems capturecritical nursing information (Abdrbo, 2015).
TheTIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform) Initiativedeveloped various nursing informatics aimed at integrating nursingscience, computer, and information science to manage communication.These competencies also focused on expanding the data, informationand integrity of nursing practice. Some of the skills developedallowed nurses to combine the use of technology in providing improvedhealth care services to patients (Schlak, 2014). However, some ofthese competencies may be applied to the current nursingresponsibilities with the aim of adding value to a healthcareorganization. Their significance in the current world occurs throughincreasing the accuracy and completeness of documentation strategiesapplied by nurses. They also facilitate in improving the nurse’sworkflow through the elimination of irrelevant documentation (Schlak,2014). Additionally, they allow the automation of the collection andreuse of nursing data. These may also be coupled with facilitatingthe analysis of clinical data by Joint Commission indicators and coremeasures. Moreover, the TIGER initiative focuses on three functionalareas that entail necessary computer competencies, informationliteracy and information management (Schlak, 2014).
Theskills for each of the functional areas that are pertinent instrengthening the nurses’ abilities entail the implementation anduse of health communications as well as information technology.However, the most crucial skill in basic computer competence involvesthe development of an electronic health information technologyinfrastructure aimed at improving the efficiency and access ofhealthcare to all people. According to Schlak (2014), skillsnecessary for informatics literacy competencies entail investment incapital, technology, and resources. It may also involve investment inpeople possessing the ability to build an informatics-awarehealthcare workforce. Consequently, skills necessary for theprovision of health services through informatics managementcompetencies include reforming the education system to ensure anunderstanding of information management capabilities (Schlak, 2014).Nevertheless, the identification of how to integrate informaticseducation into nurse’s competencies requires the development ofstaff, leadership, and the faculty.
Thedesign of these skills may occur through the definition of theminimum set of informatics necessary for the nurses to succeed inpractice or education of the current nursing responsibilities. Thesemay be coupled with the alignment of the informatics competencieswith those already existing and maintained by standard developmentorganizations (Lin & Yang, 2014). The alignment of the existingskills would allow recommendation of standards relevant to nurses andsustainable through their evolution over time. These may be followedclosely by the identification of informatics necessary for specificpurposes as well as locating, evaluating and appropriate applicationof pertinent information (Lin & Yang, 2014).
Consequently,these elements may be achieved through incorporation ofevidence-based practices into nursing practices. Most importantly,the development of nursing informatics competencies with the aim ofincreasing effectiveness would occur through the use of electronichealth records. However, the achievement of these elements wouldrequire learning, demonstrating and utilization of informationmanagement competencies in conducting fundamental clinicalresponsibilities (Lin & Yang, 2014).
Someof the key functional areas of nursing informatics relevant to mycurrent position as a critical nurse entail evidence-based researchas well as evaluation, management of nurses’ integrity and adheringto the set standards. The achievement of these elements requiresprotecting the information obtained from the patients from access tounauthorized users. The essential responsibilities in what we do asnurses involve ensuring completeness in the services rendered to ourpatients as well as accuracy. Most of my responsibilities entailapplication of the available platforms to eliminate irrelevantdocumentation of patient records. According to Lin and Yang (2014),the integration of nursing informatics with information technologyfacilitates the improvement of the methods applied in the delivery ofhealth care as well as documentation. My job description at theorganization entails integrating information technology in theoperations carried out. The integration process involves improvingthe documentation of patient’s health records in a way that theauthorized personnel may access them easily and efficiently (Lin andYang, 2014).
Mostimportantly, the TIGER initiative provides various competencies thatallow the achievement of my responsibilities at the organization.These informatics competencies include basic computer skills thatallow the nurses to access the patient’s health records (Abdrbo,2015). Besides, information literacy and management of theinformation help the nurses to analyze the results of the evaluationin a medical perspective. The analysis of technological informationfacilitates in the provision of health care in an efficient andeffective manner. Nevertheless, the implementation of thesecompetencies requires an effective plan that will ensure they becomedeveloped in the functional areas of nursing informatics (Abdrbo,2015). The effectiveness in managing information within my currentposition requires appropriate documentation of electronic medicalrecords. It will also involve working alongside relevant personnel inensuring that the documented information gets access to theauthorized users and in real-time. The organization employs a systemwhere medical results for a particular patient get approval fromnurse leaders and finally by the head nurses and doctors. However, toensure effectiveness, I will incorporate my literacy in informationmanagement in increasing accuracy and completeness of documentationstrategies. I will also employ the necessary computer skills inallowing automation of the collection and reuse of nursing data tofacilitate in protecting the integrity of the patients (Abdrbo,2015).
Thenursing profession entails a crucial task that requires nurses toprovide health care in a safe, efficient, timely and mostimportantly, patient-centered. The achievement of these factorsrequires a set of standards aimed at guiding them towards upholdingtheir compliance in performing the necessary tasks (Schlak, 2014).Some of these standards entail the informatics competencies thatportray the nurses’ skills in conducting their operations. However,these skills require the integration of information technology toensure effectiveness and efficient achievement of the desired goals.The TIGER initiative provides a framework aimed at guiding nursestowards the appropriate use of informatics in providing care topatients as well as maintaining their integrity (Schlak, 2014).
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