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NR361 Week 1 Discussion Latest 2016 November

AACN Essentials Self-Assessment Results (graded)

Locate the AACN Essentials Self-Assessment in Doc Sharing (Week 1). Complete the self-assessment of your current comfort levels and total your score. If you are willing, please share your total score with your classmates in your discussion post. Identify areas where your knowledge could use improvement. Keep in mind that all professional nurses are knowledge workers. What questions do you have as they relate to nursing informatics and the AACN essentials?

NR361 Week 2 Discussion Latest 2016 November
Experiences With Healthcare Information Systems (graded)

Share your experiences with healthcare information systems, past or present. Has it been an easy transition or difficult? Why do you believe your experience has been positive or negative? If you are currently not working, how has the medical record exposure in nursing school impacted your current knowledge?

NR361 Week 3 Discussion Latest 2016 November
Opportunities for Improvement with Usability and Interoperability (graded)

Usability and interoperability are major issues to consider in the development of Healthcare Information Systems (HIS). How does your organization address these issues? Does the transfer of information occur smoothly, or do you need to re-enter data from one application to the next, e.g., patient information from the emergency room does not transfer along with the patient who is admitted to the critical care unit? Or, the patient is discharged and the home care nurses have to “start from scratch” as they prepare the patient’s plan of care.

NR361 Week 4 Discussion Latest 2016 November
Your Patient has a PHR (Personal Health Record)… Now What? (graded)

Patient portals and patient health records (PHRs) are commonplace today. What are the pros and cons of having a PHR? What safeguards and decision-making support tools are included in patient portals and PHRs to help patients and healthcare professionals ensure safety?

NR361 Week 5 Discussion Latest 2016 November
Documentation and Reimbursement (graded)

What is the impact of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) payment denial on the healthcare system? What are the implications for our nursing practice related to use of standardized terminology for documentation? How does this impact patient outcomes?

NR361 Week 6 Discussion Latest 2016 November
Distractors in our Environment (graded)

Distractions are everywhere. They may include cellphones, the alarms sounding for multiple different reasons, overhead paging, monitors beeping, and staff interrupting our thoughts. Give an example of an ethical or legal issue that may arise if a patient has a poor outcome or sentinel event because of a distraction such as alarm fatigue. What does evidence reveal about alarm fatigue and distraction when it comes to patient safety?

NR361 Week 7 Discussion Latest 2016 November
Use of Personal Communication Devices in Patient Care Settings (graded)

How can the use of the nurse's personal communication device(s) impact patient care positively and/or negatively? What are the ethical and legal implications? What does the professional literature say about how communication devices can support safe nursing practice?

NR361 Week 8 Discussion Latest 2016 November
Reflective and Projected Practice (graded)

Prior to posting, complete the Week 8 AACN Essentials Self-Assessment located in Doc Sharing. Compare your scores from Week 1 to Week 8. How far have you come? How will you use evidence to further improve your nursing informatics knowledge during the next two years of practice?