Journal Assignment Week 10

Practicum Weekly Resources

Find a peer reviewed journal article in the Walden University Library published in the last 5 years related to one of the following: (see attached pdf file) and citation highlighted in yellow below:

  • Skills needed for employment in informatics
  • Barriers to EHR employment
  • Nursing and technology

Fenton, S. H., Gongora-Ferraez, M. J., & Joost, E. (2012). Health information technology knowledge and skills needed by HIT employers. Applied Clinical Informatics, 3(4), 448-461. doi:10.4338/ACI-2012-09-RA-0035



Journal Assignment—Part 1


In a minimum of 550 words, answer the questions below in APA format and apply the required references as noted below.


After reviewing the Practicum Weekly Resources, record responses to the following in your Journal:

1)       What are the lessons you learned article that you could utilize in your own career?

2)       What specific actions can you take now to prepare to be marketable in the nursing informatics field in the future?


Journal Assignment—Part 2


Note: Each week, you are responsible for locating a scholarly journal article in the Walden Library related to your area(s) of interest. Include in your Journal the reference in proper APA format and provide a brief summary of the article. (See attached pdf file)

Alles, C., Seyfert, K., & Gonzalez, A. (2014). Improving Nurse to Patient Communication on Antepartum Special Care. JOGNN: Journal Of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing, 43(Supp 1), S21. doi:10.1111/1552-6909.12413


Journal Assignment—Part 3


Practicum Onsite Visits


Summarize the key activities of your visits to your Practicum site (as appropriate), including with whom you met, what you did, and what you gained from the experience.

This week, I assisted in a Quality and Safety Council meeting, and a Practice Council meeting. The Quality Safety Council meeting started with moments of excellence which included announcements from the participants. The new B12 council member was also introduced (Mrs. Sawyer, Sade). Topics such as hospital acquired pressure ulcers (HAPU) report and the presentation of a new vacutainer for blood draws were discussed. In the area of Professional Growth Development, the quality data discussed how to disseminate the message to others consistently and focus on getting all nurses to truly understand the data presentations. As far as the Culture agenda, how to address the issue of CLABSI’s (Central lined-associated Blood Stream infection) and CAUTI’s (Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infections) were discussed. Multiple people attended the meeting, but the key members who presented were Tim T., Jocelyn R., Jeff C., Jesse R., Lisa O., and Sade S., all nurses.

The Practice Council meeting also started with moments of excellence. The agenda items were as followed: “In the News” (Mercy  Magnet Mentor needed; 4 years commitment), Collaborative Practice which included infection prevention, education, pharmacy, laboratory, and technology report in which my preceptor discussed the upcoming new G-Tube assessment in Meditech, texting through responder 5 to PCD phones with canned and free text in the works; some part of Maternal Child Health have received a Health Stream 3-module introduction to the process of logging into the upcoming Epic system. Presenters were: April S., Lisa A., Susan H., Andrea L., Kim D., and Maria H.

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448Applied Clinical Informatics

S.H. Fenton; E. Joost; M.J. Gongora-Ferraez. HIT Knowledge and Skills Needed by
HIT Employers

Research Article

Health Information Technology
Knowledge and Skills Needed by HIT
S.H. Fenton1; E. Joost1; M.J. Gongora-Ferraez1
1Health Information Management, Texas State University

Health information technology, workforce, biomedical and health informatics, clinical informatics

Objective: To evaluate the health information technology (HIT) workforce knowledge and skills
needed by HIT employers.
Methods: Statewide face-to-face and online focus groups of identified HIT employer groups in
Austin, Brownsville, College Station, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, Lubbock, San Antonio, and webinars
for rural health and nursing informatics.
Results: HIT employers reported needing an HIT workforce with diverse knowledge and skills rang-
ing from basic to advanced, while covering information technology, privacy and security, clinical
practice, needs assessment, contract negotiation, and many other areas. Consistent themes were
that employees needed to be able to learn on the job and must possess the ability to think critically
and problem solve. Many employers wanted persons with technical skills, yet also the knowledge
and understanding of healthcare operations.
Conclusion: The HIT employer focus groups provided valuable insight into employee skills needed
in this fast-growing field. Additionally, this information will be utilized to develop a statewide HIT
workforce needs assessment survey.

Correspondence to:
Susan H. Fenton, PhD, RHIA
Health Information Management
Texas State University
601 University Drive
Health Professions Building, 302
San Marcos, TX 78666
United States
E-mail: [email protected]

Appl Clin Inf 2012; 3: 448–461
recieved: September 15, 2012
accepted: November 16, 2012
published: December 5, 2012
Citation: S.H. Fenton; E. Joost; M.J. Gongora-Ferraez.
Health Information Technology knowledge and skills
needed by HIT employers. Appl Clin Inf 2012; 3:

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Research Article 449Applied Clinical Informatics

1. Introduction
There is an increasing worldwide need to understand how health information technology (HIT) can
be most effectively used in today’s healthcare delivery systems [1–9]. A competent

Applied Nursing Research 30 (2016) 228–236

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Improving nurse–patient communication with patients with

communication impairments: hospital nurses’ views on the feasibility of
using mobile communication technologies

Bridget Sharpe, BSp Path (Class I Hons), Bronwyn Hemsley, PhD ⁎
The University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW, Australia

a b s t r a c ta r t i c l e i n f o

Conflict of Interest: The authors declare no conflicts o
Funding statement: This research was supported in p

thor from the National Health and Medical Research Coun
safety incidents involving people with communication dis
⁎ Corresponding author at: Level 2 McMullin Building,

University Drive, Callaghan, NSW, 2308, Australia. Tel.: +
E-mail address: [email protected] ( (B. Hemsley).
0897-1897/© 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Article history:

Received 30 July 2015
Revised 13 November 2015
Accepted 18 November 2015

Communication impairment
Mobile technology
Communication aids
Hospital communication
Nurse-patient communication

Background:Nurses communicatingwith patientswho are unable to speak often lack access to tools and technol-
ogies to support communication. Although mobile communication technologies are ubiquitous, it is not known
whether their use to support communication is feasible on a busy hospital ward.
Purpose: The aim of this study was to determine the views of hospital nurses on the feasibility of using mobile
communication technologies to support nurse–patient communication with individuals who have communica-
tion impairments.
Method: This study involved an online survey followed by a focus group, with findings analyzed across the two
data sources.
Findings: Nurses expected that mobile communication devices could benefit patient care but lacked access to
these devices, encountered policies against use, and held concerns over privacy and confidentiality.
Conclusion: The use ofmobile communication technologieswith patients who have communication difficulties is

feasible and may lead to improvements in communication and care, provided environmental barriers are
removed and facilitators enhanced.

© 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

1. Introduction

Communication in hospital is a fundamental human right (UNCRPD,
2006) and is essential to safe hospital care (Bartlett, Blais, Tamblyn,
Clermont, &MacGibbon, 2008). Recent reviews have revealed that com-
munication in hospital is problematic for patients with com