Value of Nursing

     Computer technology has enabled the transition of paper health records to an electronic format. It has led to the specialty area of nursing informatics. The field of nursing informatics brings nurses into the planning, implementation and integration of the information system advancements (Ozbolt, & Saba, 2008). Historically, documentation by nurses relates to data that shows compliance with medical orders or other mandated reporting requirements (Thede, 2008). This is data that does not include independent decisions about nursing problems or about the thinking process nurses go through to make their daily decisions (Lundberg, et al.[TA1] ). Putting all nursing information into a computerized form enables nurses to reveal the significant contributions of nursing practice to healthcare outcomes and patient safety. This paper will discuss the electronic health record (EHR) as it relates to nursing, explore the value of nursing documentation, and project how the field of nursing informatics can positively impact nursing education and practice.[TA2]  Outline The Value of Nursing Documentation Brief historical information regarding nursing documentation Explore how nursing documentation is currently valued and the role it plays Nursing and the Electronic Health Record Define the EHR within the scope of nursing Examine the EHR’s limitations and current struggles Explore the EHR’s abilities as related to capturing nursing care Impact of Nursing Informatics on Education and Practice ·       Explore how nursing documentation will evolve electronically ·       Examine how nursing documentation can change the visibility of nursing care and how nursing care can be tracked ·       Describe how nursing documentation in a standard language will be easier to show nurses impact on outcomes ·       Explain use of EHR and other information sources to support nursing decision-making ·       Describe the education and competencies necessary for effective use of EHR and other informatics sources in the profession     References Bakken, S. (2006). Informatics for patient safety: A nursing research perspective. Annual Review of Nursing Research, 24, 219-254. [TA3]  Beaty, B. (2007). The electronic medical record: Shifting the paradigm: A conversation with Jane Robles and Joan Karnas. Creative Nursing, 13(2), 7-9. Courtney, K., Alexander, G., & Demiris, G. (2008). Information technology from novice to expert: Implementation implications. Journal of Nursing Management, 16(6), 692-699. Retrieved July 15, 2009, from CINAHL Plus with Full Text database. Hyun, S., Gakken, S., Douglas, K., & Stone, P. (2008). Evidence-based staffing: Potential roles for informatics. Nursing Economics, 26(3), 151. Lundberg, C., Brokel, J., Bulechek, G., Butcher, H., Martin, K., Moorhead, S., . . .  Giarrizzo-Wilson, S. (2008). Selecting a standardized terminology for the electronic health record that reveals the impact of nursing on patient care. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics, 12(2). Retrieved from Ozbolt, J., & Saba, V. (2008). A brief history of nursing informatics in the United States of America. Nursing Outlook, 56(5), 199-205. Thede, L. (2008). Informatics: The electronic health record: Will nursing be on board when the ship leaves? Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 13(3).  [TA1]Need to insert the date of publication.  [TA2]Good – this highlights the core objective of the assignment.  [TA3]With no doi number or “retrieved from,” this implies that you viewed the journal in hard copy.  Is that what happened?   If the article was retrieved from an online database, you need to indicate “Retrieved from {insert URL for the homepage of the journal]” Refer to APA manual section 6.32 for more information

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