Week #2 Assignment: Competencies
A competency is the capacity to use related knowledge, skills, and abilities that are essential to successfully perform critical functions in the work setting. Competencies are the foundation of skill standards that detail the level of knowledge, skills, and abilities required for success in the workplace.
Nursing Informatics competencies provide the measurement criteria for assessing the capability of the nurse to function in the specific role.
Select one competency from each of the areas of knowledge, skills and attitudes in the table below. You will have a total of 3 competencies (one knowledge, one skill and one attitude). Make sure that you select a competency that is a self-assessed weakness, not one where you are already strong.
You will create an education plan for yourself to improve your competency in the areas selected. This plan is individualised and will only pertain to your own knowledge development. The plan should include the competency, resources to help you improve your understanding, a time frame for completion and how you would assess your knowledge growth in the area.
For example, if I needed to improve my attitude about protecting confidentiality of protected health information in electronic health records, I could list web links from high quality resources that help me to understand why this is important. My time frame for completion might be 6 months.
I could assess my knowledge growth by evaluating my current area of practice for privacy issues I learned from the resources (such as listing the high volume and frequently missed privacy initiatives such as evaluating how long it takes for a screen to lock on the nursing unit computer) and/or volunteering to serve on a committee that relates to this topic (such as a EMR Nursing Committee).
Hints: Be clear about your points. I’ve included a table (sample table below) that you may use by copying and pasting it into a new word document. If you choose to write it out, use headers for the competencies, resources, time frame and self-assessment. This will help you when your work is graded.
|QSEN Competency:||Resources||Time frame||Self-Assessment|
NUR 451 Nursing Informatics
|Explain why information and technology skills are essential for safe patient care||Seek education about how information is managed in care settings before providing care
Apply technology and information management tools to support safe processes of care
|Appreciate the necessity for all health professionals to seek lifelong, continuous learning of information technology skills|
|Identify essential information that must be available in a common database to support patient care
Contrast benefits and limitations of different communication technologies and their impact on safety and quality
|Navigate the electronic health record
Document and plan patient care in an electronic health record
Employ communication technologies to coordinate care for patients
|Value technologies that support clinical decision-making, error prevention, and care coordination
Protect confidentiality of protected health information in electronic health records
|Describe examples of how technology and information management are related to the quality and safety of patient care
Recognise the time, effort, and skill required for computers, databases and other technologies to become reliable and effective tools for patient care
|Respond appropriately to clinical decision-making supports and alerts
Use information management tools to monitor outcomes of care processes
Use high quality electronic sources of healthcare information
|Value nurses’ involvement in design, selection, implementation, and evaluation of information technologies to support patient care|