Nursing Homework Paper on Using the Data/Information/Knowledge/Wisdom Continuum

Using the Data/Information/Knowledge/Wisdom Continuum


The nursing practice requires knowledge to function. Nurses employ a wide variety of practice and theoretical knowledge when handling patient matters (Ball, 2011). Also, the current new age requires that nurses are informed about daily life to provide quality care. The development of knowledge in the nursing practice is fundamental to the practice’ success. Knowledge creation in the nursing field occurs through setting data requirements, extracting knowledge from valid sources (Saba & McCormic, 2015). Also, knowledge creation requires the synthesis of information to determine specific relationships. Furthermore, nurses gain wisdom when they apply the knowledge in their practice.  This paper will discuss how a nurse can perform synthesis of data to gain information. Also, the paper will discuss how a nurse practitioner will attain wisdom through the use of the knowledge.

Nursing question

The nursing question is, “Does the level of hand hygiene have a direct relationship with the development of nosocomial infections such as nosocomial pneumonia?

As a nurse practitioner, I understand that hand hygiene is a critical aspect when maintaining hygiene. Patients who observe hygiene are less likely to get infections compared to those that do not. Therefore, all kinds of hygiene, including hand hygiene, are very important in regards to fighting infections. For example, people who observe hand hygiene are less likely to get nosocomial infections such as nosocomial pneumonia. Furthermore, I understand the importance of hand hygiene because hospitals stress the importance of washing hands with soap and water, or using an alcohol-based cleaner. According to Keith & Berger (1985), more than 80% of diseases that are common among patients can be stopped through hand hygiene. For example, influenza and the common cold are some common infections that people can avoid through hand hygiene. Furthermore, nosocomial infections are transmitted through poor hygiene. Therefore, people who wash their hands on a regular basis have a lower risk factor for developing nosocomial infections.


I would require further information to ascertain my knowledge about nosocomial information ad hand hygiene. For example, I would need information from various hospitals about the level of patient admittance because of nosocomial diseases. Also, I would require information about the level of hand hygiene among patients. Furthermore, I would require information about nosocomial infections and how it manifests among patients. After that, I would use the information to make relationships. Therefore, the information needed to answer the clinical question would be infection rates, the rate of hand hygiene adherence and studies from different researchers about hand hygiene and nosocomial infections. I will use valid information databases such As PubMed, CINHAL and different medical journals to get information.


Knowledge is derived from forming relationships between different aspects (Saba, McCormick & Abbott, 2005). I will take the information on hand hygiene rate, nosocomial information rate and determine if the two variables have a direct relationship. I would use graphs and charts to discern a clear relationship between the level of hand hygiene and the rate of nosocomial infection. The knowledge derived from the investigation will help raise hand hygiene awareness and reduce the rate of nosocomial infections among patients.


I would ensure that I use the knowledge in my daily practice to gain wisdom. For example, I would start a ‘clean hands’ campaign in different hospitals to create awareness about the need to reduce nosocomial infections through hygiene. Furthermore, I would encourage nurses and other medical practitioners to observe hand hygiene at all times to ensure that patients get the best quality care possible. Patients who suffer from other infections would also need to be educated about the need for hand hygiene. I would encourage nurses to educate their patients about hand hygiene. Also, I would encourage the nurses to give patients a detailed account of some of the common diseases that patients can avoid through hand hygiene. 

Continuum of data

Nursing informatics is very important in the nursing field because it helps nurses to obtain information (Ball 2011). Also, it helps nurses to form knowledge. Informatics is also important in regards to the management of information. Therefore, nursing informatics is important in the nursing field because it will lead to the provision of quality care (Saba, McCormick & Abbott, 2005). Using nursing informatics and sensitizing hospitals about the need to observe hand hygiene, I would ensure that there is a continuum of data in regards to hand hygiene and the spread of nosocomial infections. I would organize forums within my practice to educate nurses about the need to observe hand hygiene. I would ensure that the rate of nosocomial infections in my practice are reduced because of an increase in the rate of hand hygiene

In conclusion, information, knowledge and wisdom continuum are fundamental aspects of the nursing practice. Therefore, nursing informatics should be mandatory for all healthcare organizations. Through the quest for knowledge through nursing informatics, health care organizations will reduce the rate of infections and increase the provision of quality healthcare. Furthermore, nurses who gain knowledge should ensure that they pass the knowledge to other nursing professionals to ensure that there is a continuum of wisdom in the nursing practice.  


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