E-Folio: Essential IV for Nursing

Summary

While following Essential IV: Information Management and Application of Patient Care Technology, it is important to note that the nurses should focus on developing their technical skills and competency in order to respond to the modern trends in nursing. It is stated in the Standard that the nurses’ technical skills and developed computer and information literacy are the important factors to guarantee the provision of high-quality patient care. According to Essential IV, nurses “must have competence in using both patient care technologies and information management systems” to provide effective everyday care (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2008, p. 18).

Exemplar

During the Informatics course, the discussion and analysis of the five-sensor motion detection wireless system’s effectiveness to prevent patient falls in hospitals were completed. The discussion of the 5S-MDS was based on the analysis of the technology’s effectiveness to improve patient care while focusing on the workflow before implementing the technology innovation and after the technology implementation in hospitals (American Nurses Association, 2008; American Psychological Association, 2010). This exemplar was selected because the analysis demonstrates that the use of such technologies as the 5S-MDS can improve patient care in hospitals (Bell, 2001, p. 69; McGonigle & Mastrian, 2009, p. 112; Meister, Heath, Andrews, & Tingen, 2002, p. 177; Oermann, 2002, p. 73).

Reflection

The analysis of the 5S-MDS’s effectiveness for preventing patient falls in hospitals is directly associated with the standards provided in Essential IV. Thus, the assignment demonstrates which technologies can be used to improve patient care and what skills and competencies should be acquired in order to contribute to the implementation of the technology in hospitals. According to the Standard, nurses must have competency in using computer technologies and systems and this competency is necessary while working with the 5S-MDS.

References

American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2008). The essentials of baccalaureate education for professional nursing practice. Web.

American Nurses Association. (2008). Nursing informatics: Scope and standards of practice. Silver Spring, MD: Author.

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. Washington DC: Author.

Bell, S. (2001). Professional nurse’s portfolio. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 25(2), 69-73.

McGonigle, D., & Mastrian, K. (2009). Nursing informatics and the foundation of knowledge. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.

Meister, L., Heath, J., Andrews, J., & Tingen, M. S. (2002). Professional nursing portfolios: A global perspective. MEDSURG Nursing, 11(4), 177-182.

Oermann, M. (2002). Developing a professional portfolio in nursing. Orthopaedic Nursing, 21(2), 73-77.