Using the Data/Information/Knowledge/Wisdom Continuum
Have you ever gone online to search for a journal article on a specific topic? It is amazing to see the large number of journals that are available in the health care field. When you view the library in its entirety you are viewing untapped data. Until you actually research for your particular topic there is little structure. Once you have narrowed it down you have information and once you apply the information you have knowledge. Eventually after thoughtful research and diligent practice you reach the level of wisdomknowledge applied in meaningful ways.
Are there areas in your practice that you believe should be more fully explored? The central aims of nursing informatics are to manage and communicate data information knowledge and wisdom. This continuum represents the overarching structure of nursing informatics. In this Assignment you develop a research question relevant to your practice area and relate how you would work through the progression from data to information knowledge and wisdom.
Review the information in Figure 62 in Nursing Informatics and the Foundation of Knowledge.
Develop a clinical question related to your area of practice that you would like to explore.
Consider what you currently know about this topic. What additional information would you need to answer the question?
Using the continuum of data information knowledge and wisdom determine how you would go about researching your question.
Explore the available databases in the Walden Library. Identify which of these databases you would use to find the information or data you need.
Once you have identified useful databases how would you go about finding the most relevant articles and information?
Consider how you would extract the relevant information from the articles.
How would you take the information and organize it in a way that was useful? How could you take the step from simply having useful knowledge to gaining wisdom?
By Day 7 of Week 4
Write a 3 page paper that addresses the following:
Summarize the question you developed and then relate how you would work through the four steps of the data information knowledge wisdom continuum. Be specific.
Identify the databases and search words you would use.
Relate how you would take the information gleaned and turn it into useable knowledge.
Can informatics be used to gain wisdom? Describe how you would progress from simply having useful knowledge to the wisdom to make decisions about the information you have found during your database search.
Your paper must also include a title page an introduction a summary and a reference page.
Discussion: Current Information and Communication Technologies
With so much attention focused on health care reform it is important that nurses be given the opportunity to use high-quality technology tools. These tools can increase access to vital medical information promote effective communication among health care professionals and improve the patient experience. By actively seeking out and adopting these tools nurses can greatly enhance the quality and safety of care that they provide.
This Discussion focuses on identifying quality technology tools that increase the ability of nurses to provide safe effective care.
Review the various technology tools described in this weeks Learning Resources.
Identify a recently adopted information education or communication technology tool in your specialty area. Reflect on how it is used and how its use impacts the quality of care.
Consider how your identified technology tool might impact nursing practice if it were more widely used. What are some barriers preventing increased usage? How could wider implementation be facilitated?
By Day 3
Post a description of a current or new information education or communication technology tool that is being used in your specialty area and assess its impact on the quality of care. Highlight the effect that increased use of this technology would have on nursing practice and discuss the barriers that are slowing or hindering its adoption. Summarize how adoption of the technology tool could be facilitated