Overview
Write 3–5 pages in which you describe a nursing informatics best practices policy for effective and safe data use in a nursing practice setting or organization.
Today’s health care professionals need to be accountable for the use of information systems that are repositories for copious amounts of protected health information (PHI).
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:
•Competency 2: Identify strategies and best practices for using informatics in nursing and health care. ◦Describe the best practices needed to promote and support data security.
◦Describe the ethical standards needed to promote patient confidentiality.
◦Describe regulatory requirements that promote and support positive patient outcomes related to a specific population.
◦Describe the types of behaviors and skills nurse leaders need to guide the use of information technology and research for improved patient-care outcomes.
•Competency 4: Communicate in a manner that is consistent with expectations of a nursing professional. ◦Write coherently to support a central idea in appropriate format with correct grammar, usage, and mechanics.
Questions to Consider
To deepen your understanding, you are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of the business community.
•How do nurses develop best practice?
•How does research support best practice?
•What are best practices in your organization that you think are exemplars for improving patient care?
•What nursing roles should be in place to support the use of evidenced-based practice?
•How would you describe the concept of meaningful use and technology adoption stages: electronic health records (EHR) incentive programs, and how does this fit within the context of best practice?
•What are the main points to consider as you review The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and why is this best practice?
•How does the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act (PSQIA) support patient safety and improved patient outcomes?
Suggested Resources
The following optional resources are provided to support you in completing the assessment or to provide a helpful context.
Library Resources
The following e-books or articles from the Capella University Library are linked directly in this course:
•Cashin, A., & Cook, R. (Eds.). (2010). Evidence-based practice in nursing informatics: Concepts and applications. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
•Berner, E. S. (Ed.). (2014). Informatics education in healthcare: Lessons learned. London, UK: Springer.
•Gerrish, K., & Lacey, A. (2013). Research process in nursing (6th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
•Andersson, L., Eriksson, I., & Nordgren, L. (2012). Living with heart failure without realising: A qualitative patient study. British Journal of Community Nursing, 17(12), 630–637.
•Athwal, L., Marchuk, B., Laforêt-Fliesser, Y., Castanza, J., Davis, L., & LaSalle, M. (2014). Adaptation of a best practice guideline to strengthen client-centered care in public health. Public Health Nursing, 31(2), 134–143.
•Burbach, B. E., Barnason, S., & Hertzog, M. (2015). Preferred thinking style, symptom recognition, and response by nursing students during simulation. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 37(12), 1563–1580.
•Catania, C. (2012). Clinical trial nurse’s role in safety reporting. Nursing Forum, 47(1), 18–26.
•Darvish, A., Bahramnezhad, F., Keyhanian, S., & Navidhamidi, M. (2014). The role of nursing informatics on promoting quality of health care and the need for appropriate education. Global Journal of Health Science, 6(6), 11–18.
•Fencl, J. L. (2015). Guideline implementation: Local anesthesia. AORN Journal, 101(6), 682–692.
•Furst, C. M., Finto, D., Malouf-Todaro, N., Moore, C., Orr, D., Santos, J., . . .Tipton, P. H. (2013). Changing times: Enhancing clinical practice through evolving technology. Medsurg Nursing, 22(2), 131–134.
•Hoe, J., & Hoare, Z. (2012). Understanding quantitative research: Part 1. Nursing Standard, 27(15–17), 52–57.
•Jansen, D. A., Jadack, R. A., Ayoola, A. B., Doornbos, M. M., Dunn, S. L., Moch, S. D., . . . Wegner, G. D. (2015). Embedding research in undergraduate learning opportunities. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 37(10), 1340–1358.
•Lusardi, P. (2012). So you want to change practice: Recognizing practice issues and channeling those ideas. Critical Care Nurse, 32(2), 55–64.
•Neher, M., Stahl, C., Ellstro, M. P., & Nilsen, P. (2014). Knowledge sources for evidence-based practice in rheumatology nursing. Clinical Nursing Research, 24(6), 661–679.
•Schaffer, M. A., Anderson, L. J., & Rising, S. (2015). Public health interventions for school nursing practice. The Journal of School Nursing, 1–14.
•Travers, J., Smaldone, A., & Cohn, E. G. (2015). Does state legislation improve nursing workforce diversity? Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 1–8.
Internet Resources
Access the following resources by clicking the links provided. Please note that URLs change frequently. Permissions for the following links have been either granted or deemed appropriate for educational use at the time of course publication.
•QSEN Institute. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://qsen.org/
•The TIGER initiative. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.thetigerinitiative.org/
•Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). (n.d.). EPC evidence-based reports. Retrieved from http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/evidence-based-reports/index.html
•Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.ahrq.gov/index.html
•Lewenson, S. (2015). Overview and summary: Cornerstone documents in healthcare: Our history, our future. OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 2. Retrieved from http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ANAMarketplace/ANAPeriodicals/OJIN/TableofContents/Vol-20-2015/No2-May-2015/OS-Cornerstone-Documents.html
•Finnell, D. S., Thomas, E. L., Nehring, W. M., McLoughlin, K. A., & Bickford, C. J. (2015). Best practices for developing specialty nursing scope and standards of practice. OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 20(2), Manuscript 1. Retrieved from http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ANAMarketplace/ANAPeriodicals/OJIN/TableofContents/Vol-20-2015/No2-May-2015/Best-Practices-for-Developing-Specialty-Scope-and-Standards.html
Bookstore Resources
•Grove, S. K., Gray, J. R., & Burns, N. (2015). Understanding nursing research: Building an evidence-based practice (6th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.
Assessment Instructions
Imagine an organization asks you to contribute to the development of an information system best-practices policy to help maintain patient safety and patient confidentiality in their practice setting. The organization wants you to create a document to help the group better understand why an informatics policy is needed and the practices that should be included in the policy.
A nursing informatics best-practices document can serve multiple purposes, such as a handout for new-hire orientation or as a background report given to a committee tasked with creating or updating a nursing informatics best-practices policy.
Preparation
To expand your understanding of nursing informatics best practices within the industry, research the most current information about the topics of nursing best-practices documents and nursing informatics best practices.
Using the library, the suggested resources, and other methods (Web search, for example), locate 4–6 scholarly articles related to best practices designed to support positive patient outcomes related to the following areas:
•The meaning of secure data practices.
•Ethical standards needed to promote and support data security.
•Patient confidentiality.
•Regulatory requirements.
•Behaviors and skills nurse leaders need to guide the use of information technology and research for improved patient-care outcomes.
Directions
Create a description of a nursing informatics best-practices policy document designed to define and encourage effective and safe data use in a practice setting or organization.
•Purpose Statement: Statement of why an organization would create the policy. Include any reasons and intent that supports the creation of an informatics best-practices policy.
•Best Practices Definitions and Descriptions: ◦Definitions of secure practices, data security, and patient confidentiality.
◦Ethical standards.
◦Regulatory requirements.
•Implementation: ◦Behaviors – describe the behaviors nurse leaders will need to demonstrate that will guide implementation of the policy.
◦Skills required – describe the skills needed to ensure policy adherence.
Format your document using the professional format and style (corporate identity) used in your organization or practice setting. Note: If you are not currently working in an organizational setting, follow the formatting instructions below.
Additional Requirements
•Written communication: Ensure written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.
•APA formatting: Format resources and citations according to current APA style and formatting guidelines.
•Number of resources: Cite a minimum of four peer-reviewed resources. No older than 5 yrs old.
•Length: Submit 3–5 typed, double-spaced pages.
•Font and font size: Use Times New Roman, 12 point.

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