Walden University Healthcare Workplaces for Nurse Leaders Presentation
Assignment: The Nurse Leader as Knowledge Worker
The term “knowledge worker” was first coined by management consultant and author Peter Drucker in his book, The Landmarks of Tomorrow (1959). Drucker defined knowledge workers as high-level workers who apply theoretical and analytical knowledge, acquired through formal training, to develop products and services. Does this sound familiar?
Nurses are very much knowledge workers. What has changed since Drucker’s time are the ways that knowledge can be acquired. The volume of data that can now be generated and the tools used to access this data have evolved significantly in recent years and helped healthcare professionals (among many others) to assume the role of knowledge worker in new and powerful ways.
In this Assignment, you will consider the evolving role of the nurse leader and how this evolution has led nurse leaders to assume the role of knowledge worker. You will prepare a PowerPoint presentation with an infographic (graphic that visually represents information, data, or knowledge. Infographics are intended to present information quickly and clearly.) to educate others on the role of nurse as knowledge worker.
Reference: Drucker, P. (1959). The landmarks of tomorrow. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.
- Review the concepts of informatics as presented in the Resources.
- Reflect on the role of a nurse leader as a knowledge worker.
- Consider how knowledge may be informed by data that is collected/accessed.
- Explain the concept of a knowledge worker.
- Define and explain nursing informatics and highlight the role of a nurse leader as a knowledge worker.
- Include one slide that visually represents the role of a nurse leader as knowledge worker.
- Your PowerPoint should Include the hypothetical scenario you originally shared in the Discussion Forum. Include your examination of the data that you could use, how the data might be accessed/collected, and what knowledge might be derived from that data. Be sure to incorporate feedback received from your colleagues’ responses.
Nursing practice is a field that does not allow for mistakes, and therefore certainness is a crucial factor in exercise. It involves giving medical care to patients and the administration of doses. The use of stored data in care for patients with chronic illnesses is vital as they call for much attention. Patients with diabetes require continuous medical care and risk reduction strategies such as enlightenment for self-management and medical personnel support (American Diabetes Association, 2021). Nurses need prior knowledge to adequately handle diabetic patients by applying scholarly journals, research articles, and books on the associated case. Particular field research involving mixed methods like qualitative and quantitive field research enables researchers to obtain data. After thorough peer reviewing and editing by expertise in the study field, these journals are available through the internet on sites like; google scholar and google books.
Scholarly articles and books contain knowledge on patient care and evaluation of field methodologies that may have failed or led to patients’ fatal prognosis outcomes. They criticize different medical approaches and suggest the best methods with evidence-based theories to support them. The use of data in diabetes management enables the nurse to determine appropriate care plans, diagnoses, and therapy to provide. Peer-reviewed medical research data can also enlighten the care practitioner on proper medical screening to protect the patient from opportunistic pathogens. Data sources enable the nurses to be more reliable in their field, leading to improved health services quality.
American Diabetes Association. (2021). Introduction: Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes—2021.