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Respond to at least two of your colleagues* on two different days, asking questions to help clarify the scenario and application of data, or offering additional/alternative ideas for the application of nursing informatics principles.



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 Using nursing informatics to improve the incidence of pressure injuries    Despite the many interventions used to prevent pressure ulcers, they still happen, especially in patients at the end of life. In nurse informatics, data is collected to research the primary cause, comorbidities that increase risk, and interventions required to lower the incidence. McGonigle & Mastrain (2022) explain data mining as a method to collect information; they write, “Data mining provides an opportunity to tease out essential relationships to determine best practices to support the delivery of effective care (McGonigle & Mastrain, 2022 p.17).    Through data mining, a study was conducted exploring the incidence of pressure ulcers in patients at the end of life. Li, H. et al. (2019) describe the method used to collect data; they explain, “This study used logistic regression and three data mining algorithms (decision tree, backpropagation neural network, and support vector machine) to elucidate how predictive variables for patients at the end of life determine whether the occurrence of pressure injuries is indicative of a potential skin-failure phenomenon” (p. 134). The results revealed that patients who developed pressure ulcers without a cancer diagnosis were more likely to develop a pressure injury than patients with cancer (p. 139). The authors suggest that palliative wound care can increase the quality of life in these patients (p.139). As a nurse leader, the goal is to mitigate the risks with screenings, padding bony prominences, and regular skin assessments (Li H. et al., 2019, p. 134, 139).    Centroid is a sensor designed to monitor a patient’s position. According to Masimo (2022), “The data transmitted by Centroid can be displayed in various formats on Root, giving clinicians multiple ways to assess adherence to protocols regarding tissue stress and to tailor care to the specific needs of each patient” (para. 2). This device is small and wearable, Bluetooth transmits information. In turn, the device can collect data to plan treatments and diagnose the risk of developing pressure ulcers. As a leader, I would engage critical stakeholders to purchase the device for patients assessed and determined to be at high risk for developing a pressure injury. Cost analysis is necessary to prove that using the device will be a cost-effective way to prevent pressure ulcers in patients. Data collection must be reliable to make informed, evidence-based decisions to protect patients (Masimo, 2022, para. 2).Nagle L. M. et al. (2017) reports, “Different types of sensors (e.g., sleep, activity, falls, ambulation, continence, fluid, and electrolyte) will also contribute new supplementary data to health information repositories, offering the possibility of linking to other data sets and provide new insights to the well-being of individuals in the community especially the aged and those living with chronic illness” The sensor as mentioned earlier has the potential to become as crucial as managing vital signs. (Nagle L. M. et al., 2017, p. 215).




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After being a Registered nurse for more than five years, my zeal for advancement grew daily. The decision of pathway and the school set the moment I decided to get my advanced degree. The decision between a traditional and online program became a challenge and the university to attend. I researched various universities, and the recommendation by some of my friends and co-workers who are graduates of Walden university and the discount Walden offers to the nursing organization I have a membership with helped me pursue my advanced degree at  Walden University. I am happy with my decision. Furthermore,  I chose Walden University because of its mission and vision, flexibility,  presentation of its curriculum, and reviews of the previous and current students of the university ( Walden University, n.d).

Deciding on the specialization was not very easy for me. I battled the family nurse practitioner and the psych mental health nurse practitioner. I decided on the family nurse practitioner for several reasons. Family nurse practitioners (FNPs)  are educated, licensed, and certified to treat the whole family with the knowledge and skills to diagnose and treat common illnesses and diseases. Also, this path can give you the skills and confidence to improve patient outcomes and impact the communities for positive social change as a professional (Walden University, n.d). I know with a carrier as a family nurse practitioner, I can use my knowledge here in the united states and in developing countries where health care is a challenge to the less privileged. Medically underserved populations suffer disproportionately from disease and poor health, and nursing schools are challenged to prepare nurse practitioner students to care for underserved patients effectively ( Constance et al., 2018). As a family nurse practitioner, you must follow the scope and standard of practice. Professional nursing standards help evaluate a nurse’s care and ensure adherence to guidelines established by state and federal laws ( Walden University, 2018)

 A professional organization, known as a professional association or body, seeks to further a particular profession and the interest of its members and the public it serves to fulfill their professional and personal goals (Echevarria, 2018). The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is a professional organization of interest. Its mission is to empower all nurse practitioners to advance accessible, person-centered, equitable, high-quality health care for diverse communities through practice, education, advocacy, research,  leadership, and autonomy.

 Nurses working through professional nursing organizations have a strong history of advocacy to advance nursing practice and improve the health of populations, communities, and individuals. One of the benefits of joining a nursing organization is that individual nurses are constrained by the employer policies and politics of the institution. At the same time, the opportunity to speak out is achieved through professional organizations committed to their members’ causes and benefits.



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Strategies for Academic Portfolios

According to Burns (2018), nursing portfolios provide a collection of documents to show nurses’ abilities, skills, accomplishments, and experiences. There are a couple of strategies that could be useful when looking to include academic activities and accomplishments into my nursing professional development goals. The first would be to keep a running list of all the academic accomplishments that I have achieved over the course of my nursing career. This could include things like completing nursing school, getting certified in a specialty area, publishing research, or presenting at conferences. Keeping track of these accomplishments will not only help me remember them when it comes time to update my professional development goals, but it will also help me see the progress I have made over time.

Another strategy would be to use my academic accomplishments as a springboard for setting new goals. For example, I have just completed a course on evidence-based practice, I could set a goal to start implementing EBP in my nursing practice. Moreover, because I have once presented at a conference, I could set a goal to submit an article for publication in a nursing journal. By using my academic accomplishments as a starting point, I can ensure that my professional development goals are always moving you forward in your career.

Both of these strategies align with Walden University’s emphasis on social change on improving human conditions (Walden University, n.d.). As a nurse I have the ability to positively impact the lives of those around me. By setting goals that focus on improving patient care and outcomes, I can help to make a difference in the lives of those I care for. There are many ways I can work to improve patient care and outcomes. One way is to focus on evidence-based practice. Incorporating evidence-based practice into r nursing care can help improve patient outcomes (Arkansas state university, 2018). Another way to improve patient care is to focus on patient education. Teaching patients about their health conditions can help them to better manage their care and improve their outcomes.


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