Information Management in Nursing Practice
The applications of an information management system are only as functional as the humans
and computing processes working with the system. In her study in the Journal of Nursing
Management, Phillips (2005) refers to good information management as “the use of all
information, through organized systems of all forms, whether based on human endeavors,
paper methods or information technology” (p. 525). Ultimately, all of an organization’s
information use should be in support of its mission. In order for information to be as usable as
Phillips suggests, it must progress through the data-information-knowledge continuum.
Analyzing an organization’s information management practices helps streamline the
conversion of raw data into information that can be used to create knowledge.
•Referring to the Phillips statement above, consider how your current or previous work
setting could benefit from an information management analysis.
•Locate the mission statement for your health care organization.
(http://www.philadelphia.va.gov/about/ THIS IS THE WEBSITE WHERE YOU CAN FIND
THE HOSPITAL’S MISSION STATEMENT. ITS THE PHILADELPHIA VETERANS AFFAIRS
HOSPITAL. I AM A NURSE.) Consider how current information management practices
support the organization’s mission statement. If there is a lack of evidence of support, what
changes could be made to strengthen these practices
•Reflect on how data is organized into information, and the information is then used to create
knowledge. How is this data-information-knowledge model used in your organization
Consider how using this model could improve practice within your organization
DIRECTIONS: WRITE a brief description of your selected organization’s information
management practices and an explanation of how the organization could benefit from an
information management analysis. Explain the degree to which the organization’s current
information management practices support its mission statement and provide suggestions for
strengthening these practices. Evaluate the use of the data-information-knowledge model
within your selected organization and provide suggestions for how it could be used to improve
practice within the organization.
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