NR541-61608 Week 4 Individual Development Plan LT

NR541-61608 Week 4 Individual Development Plan LT

Directions: Complete the initial assessment during Week 1 and submit by midnight MT at the end of Week 1 in NR541 which requires you to select the number that best represents your competency level for each competency in the left hand column ONLY.

Use this same form to complete your Individual Development Plan for Week 4 leaving your self-identified competency numbers in place.

Keep this tool to submit as part of your required practicum proposal including your self-assessment AGAIN at that time in the far right-hand column.  

Total Points: 50 points Due Week 1 

Directions for          Week 4 ONLY (150 points):

Create an individual development plan to attain or strengthen professional nursing informatics competencies that is based upon initial self-assessment of NI competencies at the beginning of NR541 that was due Week 1. For the week 4 assignment develop a plan to attain proficiency in ten (10) competencies that self-assessed yourself at “3” writing Student Identified specific, measurable goals to attain/approve the competency (third column) and a specific Plan to Meet that Student Goal (fourth column). You may select competencies for your plan than you believe align with your career path OR arbitrarily select 10 competencies to develop a plan. Students should submit a coversheet week 4 with this assignment that idenfies the basis for their plan (specific career path, desire for knowledge, or arbitrary selection). Students should maintain this plan and evaluate their progress in as they progress through the program.

Initial assessmentCore CompetencyEnd of practicum assessment
Circle the number that best represents your development needs at this point in time.  
1= minimal learning needs related to this behavior  
2= need some practice in this area 
3=need significant practice in this area
The nursing informaticist demonstrates competencies in professional knowledge, judgment, and skills related to nursing informatics (NI) practice.
IntroductionThe purpose of this self-assessment is to help you discover your level of competency in NI. A competency is any knowledge or skill that an individual possesses that has been shown to cause or forecast excellent performance. 
By assessing your level of knowledge or skill for each core-competency indicator described, you will be able to guide your learning experiences in this informatics practicum. You will be able to focus on those areas that are most important to you and to concentrate where you need the most learning.
Self-assessment of professional competencies will help you guide your learning experiences in this informatics practicum.  The competencies are adapted from numerous scholarly resources but were initially identified through the Delphi study conducted by Staggers, Gassert, and Curran (2001).
It is anticipated that you will identify a number of areas of development at the initial assessment in NR541. Goals to meet these needs will be developed in the Individual Development Plan due Week 4 of NR541. 
At the conclusion of the practicum courses in NR641, you will complete the assessment a second time. While it is expected that you will show growth in the development of knowledge and skills of the nurse informaticist, it is not expected that all development needs will be fully met.  
You will share the assessment tool with the nurse mentor and faculty at the beginning of NR640 and at the conclusion of the NR641 practicum.
How to complete this self-assessmentThis self-assessment should take about 30 minutes to complete. It is divided into the key dimensions or core competencies of NI practice.
Read every competency under each key dimension and think about what level you are able to exhibit the behavior or perform the skill. Rate your level of proficiency on a scale from 1 to 3 by determining if you have (1) minimal learning needs related to this behavior, (2) need some practice in this area, or (3) need significant practice in this area. 
Circle the number that best represents your development needs at this point in time.  
1= minimal learning need related to this behavior  
2= need some practice in this area 
3=need significant practice in this area
Initial AssessmentN541Core Competency
Student Identified specific,measurable goals to attain/approvecompetency (Goals must includemetrics, be specific).
Plan to Meet Student Goal
Description of Attainment of Student Identified Goals/Date Attained


 DateObtained
End of PracticumAssessment               NR641
Computer Skills
1        2        3Develops or modifies spreadsheets used for complex problemsProvide quarterlyexcel report tocardiology directoron currentperformance fromextracted NCDR dataEnsure data isentered into NCDRin a timely manner Extract data fromNCDR into anExcelspreadsheet that iseasily interpretedWatch video on youtube called How to Build Interactive Excel DashboardDeveloped multiplespreadsheets indevelomented ofStroke Navigatorproject  on June 19, 2021June 19, 20211        2        3
1        2        3Writes macros, shortcuts for spreadsheets
My objective is to comprehend how shortcuts and macros for spreadsheets are written.Villa Healthcare utilizes Microsoft Excel sheets to determine budgets and prepare schedulesVilla Healthcare currently uses Microsoft Excel for the 2020 monetary year schedule and staff schedule
By reducing the number of keystrokes required to perform common commands, macros will speed up my production and reduce the time, I have to spend staring at an electronic spreadsheet each day.
Utilize the shortcuts and the macros to create monetary budgetsReview the shortcuts and macros of the Microsoft Youtube tutorial onlineEvaluate shortcuts and macros for detailed use
Contact educational trainer to enroll in Excel® coursesDowload handouts for meetings forfuture referencePlace meeting reminder inOutlook® calendarto ensure attendance
Completed onlineExcel learning coursesOn June 29, 2021as well as researchedand built pivot tablesJune 29, 20211        2        3
1        2        3Manages projects with project-management software  Management software programs that would streamline management of their projects and save time and money for their organizations.Project management software will help me to improve processes across broad categories of work in different healthcare organizations and to ensure that they are operating as efficiently and effectively as possible.The three software products, Project 2010 Professional, FastTrack Schedule 10, and Projects 2.0 will be studied Managing larger and more complex projects by nursing professionals using traditional project management methodsHave not had theopportunity to utilizeproject managementsoftware.Organization willbegin using MicrosoftTeams in June 2021June 23, 20211        2        3
1        2        3Creates queries for a database   Queries will help me to perform many different functions in a database. Their most common function is to retrieve specific data from the tables. The data you want to see is usually spread across several tables, and queries will allow me to view it in a single datasheet.To formulate a query I will follow the  following steps.Identify what columns and computations are required.Identify the appropriate source tables.Determine the best way to join the tables if necessary.Determine what selection criteria is needed.Run reports as dailyjob function utilizingNCDR database were leanrt on  June 2021.A database query is requested to learn by  learning courses  of  SQL.June 19, 20211        2        3
1        2        3Runs reports from a database  By running reports, and keeping these data in an accessible format, I will be  able to make informed decisions regarding the organization and delivery of patient careFurther it will in decision making in all roles and settings.This will further help for managing, interpreting, and communicating the data that comes in and out of health care facilities.Train with currentcardiolgy registryspecialistReview NCDRIt will be done by Analyzing the mass quantities of data collected regarding patient care and outcomes to determine how best to treat these conditions and situations.The US nursing databases like the NDNQI will be studied .By learn how to understand the database of health information about patients (typically the electronic health record [EHR])Demonstrate how to navigate the HERBy learning value the ability of technology to support clinical decision-making, support safe care, and reduce errors.Have studied the report of The National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators ( NDNQI ) provides, on  16, June 2021June 16, 20211        2        3
Computer Skills—Quality Improvement
1        2        3Determines data indicators used to monitor quality and effectiveness of nursing  informatics practiceEflect three aspects of nursing care: structure, process, and outcomes.Structural indicators include the supply of nursing staff, the skill level of nursing staff, and the education and certification levels of nursing staff.By getting Training and Learning Based on Objective Data. One of the most valuable ways a nursing informaticist can learn the patient outcomes is by geeting the training of clinical staff. Byusing data to identify endemic issues in a healthcare organization and consult on the best way to resolve these problems.Learned Informatics And Nursing Sensitive Quality Indicators,  to track and report on quality indicators heavily influenced by nursing action,  on 13,  June 2021June 13, 20211        2        3
1        2        3Collects data to monitor quality and effectiveness of nursing informatics practiceIt will help me to  determine the quality followed by the actions that the individual nurse can take to ensure quality and the computer applications of data and information in practice.To make informed practice decisions, nurses need access to aggregate data about their patients and the impact of their care, and they need to know how to interpret that data.By reading the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) essentials documents for graduates of nursing programs and the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project for the professional nurse as they relate to data and information use and management in practice.American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) essentials documents for graduate, were learnt on 18 july, 202118 july, 20211        2        3
1        2        3Determines aspects of nursing informatics practice important for quality monitoring T reduce the chance of medical errors in a healthcare organization, together with associated costs.Implementing these aspects can provide better access to evidence; it can affect the patient care quality and support evidence-based nursing. A combination of staff training, process improvement, and best practice will enhance the quality of care and limit patient risks.Studied Software tools to facilitate research, available in all medical fieldsThe ANA Scope and Standards of Practice, wasa completed to know the  major functional areas for informatics nurses, on  July, 202118 july, 20211        2        3
Computer Skills—Systems
1        2        3Has the ability to integrate different applications or programs 1        2        3
1        2        3Uses utility programs for data recovery and system performance indices 1        2        3
Informatics Knowledge—Data
1        2        3Demonstrates fluency in informatics and nursing terminologies         It will benefits me in (a) better communication among nurse and other healthcare providers, (b) increased visibility of nursing interventions, (c) improved patient care, (d) enhanced data collection to evaluate nursing care outcomes, (e) greater adherence to standards of careThis can be achieved by Making flash cards for the medical terminology.Take additional medical terminology courses online. Use online resources. …Read the chapters in the book and utilize all additional resources.Study the medical terminologyFluency in informatics and nursing terminologies  was leant online from the  Standards for Nursing Terminology – NCBI – NIH, on 16  June, 202116  June, 20211        2        3
1        2        3Recognizes the capacity for data aggregation and integration  By data aggregation and integration it will be easy for me to search, gather, and present in a summarized, report-based form.By recognizing this capacity I can come with more effective treatment methods to accelerate the overall healthcare facility.Data aggregation will further help meto achieve specific business objectives or conduct process/human analysis at almost any scaleData aggregation and integration will be operated by integrating multi-source atomic data, analyzing the data for new ideas and displaying the aggregate data in a summarized view.Automated Data Aggregation vs. Manual Data Aggregation will be learntHealth Care Data Standards – Patient Safety – NCBI Bookshelf was considere to  recognizes the capacity for data aggregation and integration , on 21  June, 202121  June, 20211        2        3

Informatics Knowledge—Education
1        2        3Implements and evaluates application or system training programs for users and clients1        2        3
1        2        3Plans and develops application or system training programs for users and clients1        2        3
1        2        3Constructs guidelines for the purchase of software and hardware1        2        3
1        2        3Participates with practicing nurses, nurse administrators, and nurse researchers to define and develop new computer competencies 1        2        3
1        2        3Teaches users and clients about effective and ethical uses of applications and systems1        2        3
1        2        3Serves as an informational resource person for applications or system1        2        3
Informatics Knowledge—Impact
1        2        3Determines the impact of computerized information management on manager and executive roles    1        2        3
1        2        3Interprets current legislation, research, and economics affecting computerized information management in healthcare 1        2        3
1        2        3Assesses current capabilities and limitations of technology 1        2        3
1        2        3Determines projected impacts to users and organizations when changing to computerized information management 1        2        3
1        2        3Assesses the social, legal, and ethical impacts of computerized information management1        2        3
1        2        3Determines the limitations and reliability of computerized patient monitoring systems   1        2        3
1        2        3Applies strategies for change management to produce satisfied and productive users          1        2        3
1        2        3Determines the impact of information management technologies on therapeutic outcomes and quality of care 1        2        3
1        2        3Interprets the benefits and risks of computerized information management 1        2        3
1        2        3Interprets research findings about the impact of computerized information management on clinical practice, education, administration, and research1        2        3
1        2        3Analyzes the impacts of information management technologies on time allocation and tasks of care1        2        3
Informatics Knowledge—Privacy/security
1        2        3Interprets copyright issues and plagiarism in this knowledge era 1        2        3
1        2        3Discusses features, capabilities, and scope of user passwords1        2        3
1        2        3Differentiates issues surrounding confidentiality in computerized information management 1        2        3
Informatics Knowledge—Regulations
1        2        3Incorporates relevant law and regulations into informatics practice, such as the HITECH Act1        2        3
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Informatics Knowledge—Systems
1        2        3Explains various input and output devices 1        2        3
1        2        3Applies theories that influence computerization in healthcare1        2        3
1        2        3Discusses computer fundamentals (hardware, software, networks, data communications)1        2        3
1        2        3Projects healthcare computing trends in nursing1        2        3
1        2        3Evaluates applications or systems available in healthcare1        2        3
1        2        3Interprets capabilities and limitations of hardware and interfaces and their relationship to the outcomes of healthcare computing 1        2        3
1        2        3Demonstrates extensive knowledge of the applications or systems currently in use 1        2        3
1        2        3Constructs resources to support users NR541-61608 Week 4 Individual Development Plan LT1        2        3
1        2        3Discusses general knowledge of computer theory and terminology1        2        3
1        2        3Recognizes viruses and other system risks  1        2        3
1        2        3Devises strategies to involve clinicians in the design, selection, implementation, and evaluation of applications and systems in healthcare1        2        3
1        2        3Discusses current applications available to support clinical care 1        2        3
1        2        3Discusses concepts of telehealth or telenursing and the Internet and their relationship to nursing 1        2        3
1        2        3Discusses point-of-care terminals and associated issues, such as use in sterile environments                    1        2        3
1        2        3Interprets the current and projected future state of physiological monitoring1        2        3


Informatics Knowledge—Usability
1        2        3Analyzes the ergonomics,health, and safety aspects of the work station and its location1        2        3
1        2        3Applies human factors and ergonomics to the design of the computer screen, location and design of devices, and design of software1        2        3
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Informatics Skills—Analysis
1        2        3Develops and implements work plans during application development and implementation1        2        3
1        2        3Constructs data elements appropriate to a given practice context  1        2        3
1        2        3Applies principles and techniques of systems analysis          1        2        3
1        2        3Applies principles of computing (e.g., reading an algorithm)1        2        3
1        2        3Analyzes user areas to determine procedural errors versus hardware and software problems      1        2        3
1        2        3Interprets information flow within the organization1        2        3
1        2        3Modifies existing applications or devices to meet changing requirements       1        2        3
1        2        3Conducts feasibility assessments throughout the information systems life cycle          1        2        3
1        2        3Prepares process flow charts to describe current and proposed information flows for all aspects of practice-related information systems 1        2        3
1        2        3Determines problems and impediments in installing computerized information management1        2        3
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  Informatics Skills—Data/Data Structures
1        2        3Constructs data structures and maintains data sets1        2        3
1        2        3Applies data structure concepts in designing a database system1        2        3
1        2        3Determines relationships among tables in databases and performs tasks, such as database normalization1        2        3
1        2        3Integrates nursing taxonomies, unified nomenclatures, and other data needed by nurses within database design1        2        3
1        2        3Develops procedures to establish and maintain the validity and integrity of data and databases        1        2        3
1        2        3Modifies available software programs to support data aggregation and analyses  1        2        3
NR541-61608 Week 4 Individual Development Plan LT
  Informatics Skills—Design, Development
1        2        3Develops screen layouts, report formats, and custom views of clinical data through working directly with clinical departments and individual users         1        2        3
1        2        3Consults in the design or enhancements to integrated patient information, management, educational, or research systems1        2        3
1        2        3Participates in the development of new methods or in making modifications to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of data storage and its communication1        2        3
1        2        3Coordinates the development of integrated computer-based patient record technologies 1        2        3
1        2        3Maintains database (e.g., adding, deleting fields, structuring input for others, relational database)        1        2        3
1        2        3Incorporates established data and database management standards into database design 1        2        3
1        2        3Participates in the development of new tools for management purposes 1        2        3
1        2        3Develops methods of data communication, hardware and software integration, and data transformation 1        2        3
1        2        3Develops database structures to support clinical care, education, administration, or research         1        2        3
1        2        3Applies concepts of nursing theory and research to the design of health information applications and systems 1        2        3
1        2        3Develops databases to facilitate clinical care, education, administration, or research         1        2        3
1        2        3Develops new ways to interact with information technology and access data1        2        3
1        2        3Assists in the development of computer applications to meet clinical, education, administration, and research requirements1        2        3
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Informatics Skills—Evaluation
1        2        3Evaluates existing technologies for cost effectiveness        1        2        3
1        2        3Evaluates data storage capacities of the system in use      1        2        3
1        2        3Evaluates hardware, software, and vendor support1        2        3
1        2        3Participates on interdisciplinary teams that evaluate nursing informatics practice or health informatics services1        2        3
1        2        3Analyzes the system in use1        2        3

  Informatics Skills—Fiscal Management
1        2        3Develops strategies to obtain funding for information systems1        2        3
1        2        3Uses strategies to optimize application use after implementation (benefits realization)1        2        3
1        2        3Participates in budget activities for the procurement and maintenance of the system 1        2        3
1        2        3Determines the cost versus benefit of computer technology used in practice, education, administration, and research1        2        3
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Informatics Skills—Implementation
1        2        3Leads or participates in user groups during all phases of the systems life cycle1        2        3
1        2        3Devises strategies for installing applications or systems1        2        3
1        2        3Develops implementation plans 1        2        3
1        2        3Distinguishes implementation phases (i.e., preimplementation, implementation, post-implementation)           1        2        3
1        2        3Applies appropriate implementation strategies           1        2        3
1        2        3Recognizes opportunities for applying information management technologies to clinical practice, education, administration, and research situations  1        2        3
1        2        3Devises strategies to encourage interdisciplinary use of computerized information management
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  Informatics Skills—Management
1        2        3Manages terms and conditions of a contract with an information systems vendor 1        2        3
1        2        3Develops a plan for limited resources (e.g., costs, staffing, equipment)  1        2        3
1        2        3Determines project scope, objectives, and resources for each proposed application, system, or enhancement           1        2        3
1        2        3Develops system testing, implementation, conversion, and backup plans           1        2        3
1        2        3Develops a strategic or long-range plan for the management of applications and systems 1        2        3
1        2        3Develops policies, procedures, and guidelines based on research 1        2        3
1        2        3Develops policies and procedures related to information systems implementation, use, and maintenance 1        2        3
1        2        3Escalates client issues and problems to the next available level of management in a timely manner1        2        3
1        2        3Communicates progress of project to appropriate personnel1        2        3
1        2        3Applies principles and concepts of project management1        2        3
1        2        3Functions as a project manager1        2        3
  Informatics Skills—Management
1        2        3Develops policies related to privacy, confidentiality, and security of patient and client data          1        2        3
1        2        3Recommends procedures for achieving data integrity and security          1        2        3
NR541-61608 Week 4 Individual Development Plan LT
  Informatics Skills—Programming
1        2        3Applies principles of computer programming in order to communicate with software developers          1        2        3
1        2        3Differentiates between machine and high-level programming languages1        2        3
  Informatics Skills—Requirements
1        2        3Determines priorities for new requirements within budget constraints1        2        3
1        2        3Modifies information technologies to meet changing data requirements or needs1        2        3
1        2        3Determines new requirements according to the needs of the organization1        2        3
1        2        3Demonstrates skills in the systems life cycle to support policies, procedures, and knowledge bases in organizations1        2        3
1        2        3Includes client needs in requirements development1        2        3
1        2        3Develops requirements for integrated clinical, education, administration, and research applications        1        2        3
1        2        3Communicates informatics needs to a systems analyst1        2        3
1        2        3Performs needs assessment for future requirements NR541-61608 Week 4 Individual Development Plan LT1        2        3
  Informatics Skills—Role            
1        2        3Influences change to improve the impact of informatics on the system of care  1        2        3
1        2        3Designs strategies to manage the impact of change to information systems implementation1        2        3
1        2        3Consults about informatics with clinical, managerial, educational, and research entities1        2        3
1        2        3Develops collegial relationships with information system technical support personnel1        2        3
1        2        3Serves as a liaison among agency departments and vendors           1        2        3
1        2        3Collaborates with nursing personnel and interdisciplinary teams to accomplish information management work1        2        3
1        2        3Promotes understanding and effective use of information technology1        2        3
1        2        3Makes formal presentations of project findings, recommendations, and specifications to user or client department managers, supervisors, and administrators1        2        3
1        2        3Recommends changes in health informatics practice based on evaluation data from nursing informatics (e.g., a validated severity-of-illness instrument)1        2        3
1        2        3Recommends policies and procedures to improve the quality of nursing informatics practice 1        2        3
1        2        3Implements activities to enhance the quality of nursing informatics practice          1        2        3
1        2        3Develops recommendations to improve nursing informatics practice or outcomes1        2        3
1        2        3Acts as a liaison to support communication among providers, patients or clients, and technical communities1        2        3
1        2        3Uses software tools as appropriate during the systems life cycle            1        2        3
1        2        3Applies knowledge of patient care processes to systems and their life cycles1        2        3
1        2        3Maintains a system perspective that encompasses the entire organization1        2        3
1        2        3Integrates knowledge from other informatics disciplines with nursing to improve patient care, administration, education, and research1        2        3
1        2        3Participates in top-level decisions and policy design that impact clinical information management 1        2        3
1        2        3Conducts research to examine impacts of computer technology in nursing        1        2        3
1        2        3Conducts research to determine application needs in clinical care, education, administration, and research      1        2        3
1        2        3Conducts research in informatics 1        2        3
1        2        3Disseminates new knowledge by informing colleagues of new developments and applications in nursing or healthcare informatics1        2        3
1        2        3Contributes to informatics education of students, peers, and colleagues          1        2        3
  Informatics Skills—Systems Maintenance
1        2        3Assists in the resolution of basic software problems1        2        3
1        2        3Performs complex trouble shooting in applications     1        2        3
1        2        3Recommends solutions to application specific problems  1        2        3
1        2        3Maintains the data dictionary and other technical support elements1        2        3
  Informatics Skills—System Selection 
1        2        3Designs evaluation criteria and strategies for selecting applications and systems1        2        3
1        2        3Applies ergonomics principles in the selection and use of information management technologies1        2        3
1        2        3Participates with others in selecting applications or systems (e.g., users, vendors, system designers)1        2        3
  Informatics Skills—Testing       
1        2        3Develops procedures and scenarios for acceptance testing, conversions, and interface testing1        2        3
1        2        3Conducts tests of information management applications, systems          1        2        3
Informatics Skills—Training
1        2        3Produces short-term and long-term training plans          1        2        3
1        2        3Produces training materials and operating manuals tailored to the organization and end-user1        2        3
1        2        3Delivers user training programs1        2        3
1        2        3Evaluates user training programs1        2        3

Bakken, S., Cook, S., Curtis, L., Soupios, M. & Curran, C. (2003). Informatics competencies pre- and post-Implementation of a Palm-based student clinical log and informatics for evidence-based practice curriculum. AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings, 2003; 2003: 41–45. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1480072/

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Staggers, N, Gassert, CA, & Curran C. (2002). A Delphi study to determine informatics competencies for nurses at four levels of practice. Nursing Research, 51, 383–390. Retrieved from http://nursing.utah.edu/programs/masters/specialty/informatics/competencies.doc

Staggers, N., Gassert, C. & Curran, C. (2001). Informatics competencies for nurses at four levels of practice. Journal of Nurse Educator, 40 (7). 303–316. 

 

 

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