Nursinginformatics offers great assistance in managing and communicatingdata, knowledge, wisdom, and information. In ensuring the credibilityand integrity of nursing services provided in health careinstitutions, knowledge, data, and information play a significantpart of the process (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2014). For instance,in the contemporary world that is dominated by technologicaladvancement, the terms mentioned above play vital roles in makingsure that there is a continuous flow of crucial information withinmedical facilities. Technology on its side is vital in ensuring dataanalysis thus transforming raw data into significant information thatoffers great help for improving health care delivery (Simpson, 2012).Past studies and surveys indicate that the process ofdata-knowledge-information-wisdom is a significant step towardsachieving better health care and ensuring integrity in the sector.This essay illustrates the process ofdata-knowledge-information-wisdom continuum as it can be utilized inthe case of a patient transition from hospital to home care.
Inthis essay, I have used the Transitions theory for describing theimportance of the transition continuum for a patient moving from amedical facility care to home care. As a nurse, it is important firstto study the various transition factors that need managing such ashealth-illness transition, immigration transitions, andadministrative change. The Transitions theory has been widely adoptedat ease by most health care institutions and has also been welcomedin different nursing practices, education, and research. In thisessay, I have utilized the Transitions theory to assist me inanalyzing the various elements that will possibly affect thetransition process from hospital to home care (McGonigle &Mastrian, 2014). The process is likely to be facilitated by a varietyof personal conditions such as family support for the older adults,and thus the level of relatives support need to be measured. Thesupport that family members can offer would be sufficient in asituation where we are dealing with older people being transferredfrom hospital to home care (Foust, Vuckovic, & Henriquez, 2012).
TheTransitions theory in the case of transferring the older peopleserves as the link that connects all the distinctive data such as theavailability of the caregiver (who can be a family member) to assistin making available all the basic needs the patient needs. Thetransition process may involve a relative providing care or anotherperson who has been employed by the family. The distinct date pointsmentioned above such as the availability of a caregiver togethergenerate significant information that may include factors such as thelevel of support the family can offer (Boykova & Kenner, 2012).The meaningful information produced is then synthesized and utilizedwith the assistance of the Transitions theory to put togetherknowledge concerning specific phenomenon. The above part illustratesthe data- information- knowledge part of the data- information-knowledge- wisdom continuum by use of the Transitions theory (Foust,Vuckovic, & Henriquez, 2012).
Thewisdom constituent of the data- information- knowledge- wisdomframework is the part that the clinicians address during thetransition. This essay covers the section of wisdom as the finalproduct that involves tools that support decisions made by helpingthe individuals or clinicians to aid in providing home care. Thewisdom component helps the caregivers in identifying risk factors forpoor outcomes for the patient (Boykova & Kenner, 2012). Puttinginto practice the wisdom tool requires the clinician to act accordingto the specific knowledge that is present in the existing situation,for example, the regulations provided in each state in the countryand ethics, etc. The above means that the clinicians are required toapply their wisdom while interpreting suggestions and also in makingclinical judgments by use of the information derived from thedecision-making support tools. The whole process involves naming andcollecting data followed by organizing synthesized information. Thenext step is the interpretation and understanding of the knowledgeand the last component involves the ethical and considerateapplication of wisdom in practice (Häggström, Asplund, &Kristiansen, 2012).
Insummary, the field of nursing and health care services has become animportant part of the daily lives of many people globally. The data-knowledge- information- wisdom continuum forms the most significantaspects of the nursing informatics as the framework ensures thatintegrity and credibility are maintained in the delivery of healthcare services. The concepts as discussed above play a major role inmaking sure flow of significant information in the health care sectoris smooth particularly in this era of rapid technologicaladvancement. The case discussed in this essay involves theTransitions theory that involves transferring patients, especiallythe older adults, from hospital care to home care. As a nurse theprocess involves following the aspects of the data- information-knowledge- wisdom continuum in ensuring the transition process issuccessful, and patients can access the best care in their homes.Data forms the smallest constituent of the continuum and are providedas discrete facts that describe the patients or their environment.The information represents analyzed data while knowledge issynthesized information. Wisdom is described by the appropriate useof knowledge in managing and solving human problems that in this caserepresents problems experienced during the transition and inproviding home care to the patient.
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