Sample Education Paper on How my competency level compares to the Week Two Self-Assessment

Prior to the Pre-TANIC assessment, I presumed I was a novice. However, after the assessment, I realized that I am majorly proficient, though I am competent in others areas of nursing informatics. For instance, I realized that I am able to effectively use communication and clinical decision support systems, something I was not so sure about.  I also noticed that I am inclined more into focusing on organization of care plans and tasks.

Two competencies that may benefit me in my future role as an APN

During the assessment, I identified two critical competencies that will definitely benefit me in my future role as an advanced practice nurse (APN). First, I found clinical information management competencies very relevant in my field. For instance, clinical decision support system (CDSS) can improve healthcare delivery through improved medical decisions with targeted patient information and clinical knowledge (Hill et al., 2014). Similarly, competency in data and system safeguard can help protect patient health information and other sensitive medical information through data encryption, tokenization, and level encryption (Courtney, Alexander, & Demiris, 2008). The second competency that I find beneficial in my future role as an APN is information literacy.  An information literate APN is able to recognize the needed information as well as having the ability to use and evaluate this information. As such, clinical practices and decisions are well informed and guided by evidence.

Two competencies I achieved in this course

I this course, I was able to learn two major competencies in nursing informatics. The first competency involves the use of electronic communications and systems to effectively and appropriately communicate with the aim of safeguarding PHI (Sutton et al., 2020). For instance, I am now aware of safe communication protocols such as use of encryptions and data masking. Secondly, the ability to use technology to support education is a major skill that I have acquired.  Through the use of mobile applications and telemedicine, APNs are able to reach a large number of patients and other interested parties, thus being able to disseminate information faster and accurately (Honey et al., 2017). Similarly, I am able to simulate probable outcomes from clinical procedures, all leading to improved care.

 

References

Courtney, K. L., Alexander, G. L., & Demiris, G. (2008). Information technology from novice to expert: implementation implications. Journal of Nursing Management16(6), 692-699. Available at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4389627/

Hill, T., McGonigle, D., Hunter, K. M., Sipes, C., & Hebda, T. (2014). An instrument for assessing advanced nursing informatics competencies. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice4(7), 104-112. Available at https://www.researchgate.net/publication/290512224_An_instrument_for_assessing_advanced_nursing_informatics_competencies

Honey, M. L., Skiba, D. J., Procter, P., Foster, J., Kouri, P., & Nagle, L. M. (2017). Nursing informatics competencies for entry to practice: the perspective of six countries. Stud Health Technol Inform232, 51-61. Available at http://shura.shu.ac.uk/14899/1/__staffhome.hallam.shu.ac.uk_STAFFHOME1_2_hwbpp2_MyWork_Articles_SHTI232-0051.pdf

Sutton, R. T., Pincock, D., Baumgart, D. C., Sadowski, D. C., Fedorak, R. N., & Kroeker, K. I. (2020). An overview of clinical decision support systems: benefits, risks, and strategies for success. NPJ Digital Medicine3(1), 1-10. Available at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7005290/