Provide a description of a practice concern in your area of practice.

Question Description

Submit an initial substantive post of 250 words (about 1 page length) to question .Use headings for each main key point to clearly communicate to the reader the topic under discussion and leave no room for guessing. Your headings need to be Bold and aligned center-page.At least 3 References and citations should conform to the APA format.

Discussion Question: Provide a description of a practice concern in your area of practice. Outline how you used or can use health information technology to locate evidence-based practices that address this concern. Analyze how health information technology supports evidence-based practice. Support with citation.

Next respond to the below response from peers.

The postings should be approximately 100 words (about 1/2 page length) and include references as indicated by the instructor. Need 2 References and citations should conform to the APA format.

Jodi Initial Post.

Practice Concern in My Area of Practice

A practice concern in my workplace would be healthcare errors due to nurse and nursing assistant shortages. At my work, there are usually 2 nurses and 4 aides per floor for around 30 patients on each floor. For about a month now my work has been lucky to have 3 aides and 1 nurse per floor with a nursing supervisor that rotates between floors as needed. My facility has held a 5-star rating through the state and other surveyors in the past and I believe this number is at risk of decreasing due to this shortage in staffing. There have been more patient falls in the last 4 weeks than we have had in the past 7-8 months prior to having a staff shortage. Personally, I feel cares for patients are rushed which places patients at risk for many things such as falls.

Evidence Based Practices

Evidence based practice (EBP) research has been done regarding nursing shortage. A study supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality was performed using HIT which estimated that nursing schools need to graduate 25 percent more nurses each year. However, insufficient nursing faculty, inadequate financial resources, limited physical capacity, and insufficient clinical education sites mean that schools today cannot produce this number of nurses. (Nursing shortage, 2011). Information technology (IT) supports EBP by allowing health care practitioners to access and evaluate clinical evidence as they formulate their patient care strategies (Wells, 2006). IT and EBP both perform immense roles in healthcare.

 

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