NR361 Week 1 Discussion Latest 2017 November

Week 1: AACN Essentials Self-Assessment

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 results with your classmates in your discussion post. (Remember, this is the starting point for our course and the start of the knowledge we will learn over 8 weeks).

As you reflect on your score, identify areas where your knowledge could use improvement. Whether you are a new graduate or a seasoned nurse, it is important to 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?

NR361 Week 2 Discussion Latest 2017 November

Week 2: Experiences With Healthcare Information Systems (graded)

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?

NR361 Week 3 Discussion Latest 2017 November

Week 3: Standardized Terminology and Language in Informatics (graded)

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 do evidence-based practice guidelines impact patient outcomes and necessitate improved practice care?

NR361 Week 4 Discussion Latest 2017 November

Week 4: Your Patient Has a Personal Health Record . . . Now What?

Case Study: A 65-year-old woman was just been diagnosed with Stage 3 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She was informed of this diagnosis in her primary care physician’s office. She leaves her physician’s office and goes home to review all of her tests and lab results with her family. She goes home and logs into her PHR. She is only able to pull up a portion of her test results. She calls her physician’s office with concern. The office staff discussed that she had gone to receive part of her lab work at a lab not connected to the organization, part was completed at the emergency room, and part was completed in the lab that is part of the doctor’s office organization.

The above scenario might be a scenario that you have commonly worked with in clinical practice. For many reasons, patients often receive healthcare from multiple organizations that might have different systems.

As you review this scenario, reflect and answer these questions for this discussion.

What are the pros and cons of the situation in the case study?

What safeguards are included in patient portals and PHRs to help patients and healthcare professionals ensure safety?

Do you agree or disagree with this process?

What are challenges for patients that do not have access to all of the EHRs? Remember, only portions of the EHRs are typically included in the PHRs.

NR361 Week 5 Discussion Latest 2017 November

Week 5: Trends in Informatics

Select one of the following trends and discuss your understanding of this trend in healthcare and its potential impact on your practice as a nurse. What are the legal, privacy, and ethical considerations of this trend?

Nanotechnology

Consumer health informatics (CHI)

Telehealth (or telenursing)/virtual healthcare

Social media healthcare applications

Health-focused wearable technology

eHealth

NR361 Week 6 Discussion Latest 2017 November

Week 6: Distractors in Our Environments (graded)

Distractions are everywhere. They may include cellphones, multiple alarms sounding, overhead paging, monitors beeping, and various interruptions that disrupt your train of thought. 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 distractions in healthcare when it comes to patient safety?

NR361 Week 7 Discussion Latest 2017 November

Week 7: Use of Personal Communication Devices in Patient Care Settings.

This week, we will discuss personal communication devices and their use in healthcare. As we focus on this topic, please address the questions below in the discussion.

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?

NR361 Week 8 Discussion Latest 2017 November Week 8: Reflective and Projected Practice (graded)

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 apply this information to continue to improve your informatics knowledge in nursing practice?

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