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Reflect on the role of a nurse leader as a knowledge worker.

Reflect on the role of a nurse leader as a knowledge worker.

The term “knowledge worker” was first coined by management consultant and author Peter Drucker in his book, The Landmarks of Tomorrow (1959). Drucker defined knowledge workers as high-level workers who apply theoretical and analytical knowledge, acquired through formal training, to develop products and services. Does this sound familiar?

Nurses are very much knowledge workers. What has changed since Drucker’s time are the ways that knowledge can be acquired. The volume of data that can now be generated and the tools used to access this data have evolved significantly in recent years and helped healthcare professionals (among many others) to assume the role of knowledge worker in new and powerful ways.

In this Assignment, you will consider the evolving role of the nurse leader and how this evolution has led nurse leaders to assume the role of knowledge worker. You will prepare a PowerPoint presentation with an infographic (graphic that visually represents information, data, or knowledge. Infographics are intended to present information quickly and clearly.) to educate others on the role of nurse as knowledge worker.

Reference: Drucker, P. (1959). The landmarks of tomorrow. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.

To Prepare:

  • Review the concepts of informatics as presented in the Resources.
  • Reflect on the role of a nurse leader as a knowledge worker.
  • Consider how knowledge may be informed by data that is collected/accessed.

The Assignment:

  • Explain the concept of a knowledge worker.
  • Define and explain nursing informatics and highlight the role of a nurse leader as a knowledge worker.
  • Develop a simple infographic to help explain these concepts.NOTE: For guidance on infographics, including how to create one in PowerPoint, see “How to Make an Infographic in PowerPoint” presented in the Resources.
  • Your PowerPoint should Include the hypothetical scenario you originally shared in the Discussion Forum. Include your examination of the data that you could use, how the data might be accessed/collected, and what knowledge might be derived from that data. Be sure to incorporate feedback received from your colleagues’ responses.

A good example of a scenario that would benefit from access to data is a case where a healthcare centre wants to know the number of patients visiting on a daily basis so as to establish whether the available staff is enough.  Data of this nature can be collected by registering all the patients that come to seek medical services on a daily basis for a period of one month. Upon registering the patient, the data might be stored in the computer and retrieved when needed. The only people that will be allowed to access such information are the staff members (McGonigle, 2017).

The specific knowledge that will be derived from the data on a number of the patient visit is information on whether there is a shortage of labour force. In any case, the health facility will, for instance, establish that the number of patients visiting the facility is too high when compared to the available number of nurses; this will be taken to mean that there is a staff shortage. It will also be interpreted to mean that the current staff is being overworked and so the quality of health services being provided is more likely to be compromised (Sweeney, 2017).

A nurse leader can use clinical reasoning and judgment in the formation of knowledge from this experience to approximate the overall performance of the health facility being managed. The nurse leader could for example reason that since the health facility is understaffed, it may not be performing well. The nurse leader could judge that the patient feedback is more likely to be negative suggesting poor performance. This is due to the fact that feedback from the patients is one of the tools used to tell whether a health facility is performing well or not (McGonigle, 2017).

References

McGonigle, D., & Mastrian, K. G. (2017). Nursing informatics and the foundation of knowledge (4th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Sweeney, J. (2017). Healthcare Informatics. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics, 21(1).

**Attached is an example of one presentation**

(8 to 10 slides)

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Reflect on the role of a nurse leader as a knowledge worker.

Reflect on the role of a nurse leader as a knowledge worker.

To Prepare:

  • Review the concepts of informatics as presented in the Resources.
  • Reflect on the role of a nurse leader as a knowledge worker.
  • Consider how knowledge may be informed by data that is collected/accessed.

The Assignment:

  • Explain the concept of a knowledge worker.
  • Define and explain nursing informatics and highlight the role of a nurse leader as a knowledge worker.
  • Develop a simple infographic to help explain these concepts.NOTE: For guidance on infographics, including how to create one in PowerPoint, see “How to Make an Infographic in PowerPoint” presented in the Resources.
  • Your PowerPoint should Include the hypothetical scenario you originally shared in the Discussion Forum. Include your examination of the data that you could use, how the data might be accessed/collected, and what knowledge might be derived from that data. Be sure to incorporate feedback received from your colleagues’ responses.

This is the discussion

Nursing informatics is defined as the combination of nursing science, information science, and computer science (McGonigle, D., & Mastrian, K. G.,2 018). “Nursing informatics roles have taken many forms in focus and function over the last decades. Whereby the role of nursing informatics specialists will continue to evolve at an increasingly rapid rate in the and unfolding of new health care paradigms and connectivity between care providers and patients” (Nagle, L. M., Sermeus, W. & Junger, A. (2017). My focus is on how my current and previous experiences in different organizations collect blood samples/specimens from patients. Organizations should utilize existing data such as the patient’s hand band and employee identification card or numbers more efficiently. When drawing a patient’s blood sample, it should require a scan by the staff drawing the blood specimen. All employee already has an identification number, and patients have a medical identification number that is already in use for other purposes, such as when administering medications.
After the employees scan their badge or input, their identification first, then they will proceed to scanning the patient identification band before collecting the blood sample/ specimens.  scanning patient’s wrist band and employee badge will assist in determining the accurate time the blood sample was collected, the time it was received in the lab, and when the results are recorded into patients records or nurses is informed of the outcome. In some cases, I personally place multiple calls to the laboratory to get lab results for my patient. The laboratory stating the specimen is processing. When the specimen results are finally ready, the time that the sample was received initially is the time the laboratory documents the specimen results. Furthermore, a nurse leader should collect data from patients scheduled lab orders from the time the order is placed, specimen collections time, time received in laboratory and the time the results is available to other clinicians. By doing this, it will eliminate the delay, discrepancies of specimens among nurses, laboratory staffs, and provide timely efficient treatments from physicians.

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