Data management skills are important to nurses as it establishes the ability to improve the quality of services offered, as well as prevent medical errors arising from inappropriate use of data. Managing data envisages data collection, processing, analysis, and storage. I have varied experiences regarding data management.
The identification of the target population from which data is collected is critical in the nursing practice. During data collection, researchers mark and establish how the data collected will be used (Thimbleby, 2013). In the past, I have experienced challenges attempting to extract a representative sample from a population. The intention of selecting a representative sample is to decide on the appropriate data source that will yield desired data (Manca, 2015). Besides, the actual collection of data poses a challenge. The main challenge I often contend with is deciding whether the data to be collected is qualitative or quantitative. Depending on the nature of data to be collected, a data analyst may decide to use experiments, observation, interviews, and document reviews (Cresswell & Sheikh, 2015). Based on my previous experience, both qualitative and quantitative data collection strategies yield desired results.
Collecting and analyzing data represent two areas that I feel skilled. I have the ability to decide the right sample that yields desired data. Additionally, I have demonstrated the ability to analyze data by looking at summaries, patterns and presenting synthesized data to stakeholders. Nevertheless, I need to improve on ensuring data integrity and managing multiple data sources. Therefore, I need to review data when working with multiple sources, organize data in files and folders, and develop clear lines of communication to examine data usage.
Ensuring data integrity and management of multiple data sources has posed challenges. However, I have demonstrated competencies with regard to data collection and analysis. Going forward, I will review data, organize data in files and folders, and develop clear lines of communication regarding the use of data.
Cresswell, K., & Sheikh, A. (2015). Health information technology in hospitals: Current issues and future trends. Future Hospital Journal, 2(1), 50–56.
Manca, D. (2015). Do electronic medical records improve the quality of care? Yes. Canadian Family Physician, 61(10), 846–851.
Thimbleby, H. (2013). Technology and the future of healthcare. Journal of Public Health Research, 2(3), e28.