The purpose of this assignment is to select a topic related to information systems in healthcare from the list provided, research and analyze the topic, and describe how you will apply your newfound knowledge to your nursing practice.
This assignment enables the student to meet one or more of the following Course Outcomes depending upon the topic selected:
CO#1: Describe patient-care technologies as appropriate to address the needs of a diverse patient population. (PO#1)
CO#2: Analyze data from all relevant sources, including technology, to inform the delivery of care. (PO#2)
CO#3: Define standardized terminology that reflects nursing’s unique contribution to patient outcomes. (PO#3)
CO#4: Investigate safeguards and decision-making support tools embedded in patient care technologies and information systems to support a safe practice environment for both patients and healthcare workers. (PO#4)
CO#5: Identify patient care technologies, information systems, and communication devices that support safe nursing practice. (PO#5)
CO#6: Discuss the principles of data integrity, professional ethics, and legal requirements related to data security, regulatory requirements, confidentiality, and client’s right to privacy. (PO#6)
CO#7: Examine the use of information systems to document interventions related to achieving nurse sensitive outcomes. (PO#7)
CO#8: Discuss the value of best evidence as a driving force to institute change in delivery of nursing care. (PO#8)
This assignment is worth a total of 200 points.
Your completed paper is due at the end of Week 4. Submit it to the Dropbox by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. MT. Post your questions to the weekly Q & A Forum. Contact your instructor if you need additional assistance. See the Course Policies regarding late assignments and academic integrity. Failure to submit your paper to the Dropbox on time will result in a deduction of points.
Select ONE of these topics for the focus of your paper:
- Patient care technologies (CO1, CO8)
- Data analysis, integrity, and security (CO2, CO8)
- Healthcare information systems (HIS) (CO5, CO8)
- Electronic health records (CO7, CO8)
- You are to research, analyze, and write an APA-formatted scholarly paper about the topic that you have selected.
- Write an introduction that defines and describes the topic. Address what purpose the topic serves and how it impacts the delivery of healthcare in general, and nursing care in particular. Keep in mind that APA guidelines state you are not to use the heading of “Introduction,” but you should include it at the beginning of your paper.
- Search for scholarly sources and relevant websites. Include a minimum of three sources. Cite these in the body of the paper and include them in the References list following proper APA formatting.
- Provide two examples of your topic (one example for standardized terminology is NANDA). Describe the main features or aspects of each example with support from your sources.
- Describe an experience where the topic impacted you personally, either when you were receiving health care, or when you were providing nursing care. Relate one positive aspect of this experience. Relate one negative aspect of this experience and how it could have been improved.
- Write a conclusion that summarizes the topic. Predict the future for this topic. Explain how your newfound insight will influence your nursing care.
- Use Microsoft Word to develop your paper. Use APA formatting. Refer to the Publication manual of the APA, 6th edition. Review the various APA documents included in this course and the Chamberlain Care Student Success Strategies (CCSSS) that can help you with your writing. Take advantage of the tutoring service, Smarthinking, which is linked under Student Resources.
- The length of the paper should be 4–5 pages (and no more than 8) in length, excluding the title page and the reference page.
NOTE: Review the section on Academic Honesty found in the Chamberlain Course Policies. All work must be original (in your own words) unless properly cited.