I am flying home from San Francisco, California after participating in a transformational invitational conference focusing on integrating quality, safety, and education (QSEN) strategies into nursing competencies. This was a first-ever event moving a local experience to a national import. I was joined my local and national leaders to boldly embrace transformation of health and healthcare in how to leverage informatics of bridging clinical practice and academia.
The workshop was co-sponsored by the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, University of Minnesota, University of Maryland, and the American Colleges of Nursing. It was 3 days of bold conversations – to learn, challenge, and co-create the next strategies for the future of informatics and practice.
The workshop engaged nationally recognized informatics and policy leaders poised to engage regional leaders into their curriculums and educational programs. I had the privilege of teaching one of seven modules on “Roles, Competencies, Skills, Organizations and Legislatives Aspects”:
- Describe the history of nursing informatics as an emerging field in the nursing profession
- Discuss evolving roles, competencies and skills impacting nursing informatics practice
- Identify key nursing informatics organizations shaping nursing informatics impact in healthcare
- Identify key nursing reports, journals and books shaping nursing informatics impact in healthcare
- Describe key legislative aspects impacting nursing informatics
This module provides an overview of the historical development of nursing informatics as well as critical factors shaping the profession (roles, competencies and skills) and landmark legislative acts providing future direction on the significance of nursing informatics. Each objective will be met by providing information and resources for nursing faculty and educators to incorporate into their respective school and health system curriculums. This is an exciting time as healthcare becomes “digitalized” and our healthcare system becomes a “learning healthcare system”, therefore, the roles, competencies and skills that nursing brings to integrate informatics into education and practice has never been more important. A key takeaway of this module is not only how to provide methods for integrating knowledge, skills and actions (KSAs) necessary for training nursing informatics competencies but how faculty, educators, students and practicing nurses can engage in the shaping of the future of nursing informatics as well as healthcare education and practice transformation.
I am pleased to tell you all how well received my module and others were embraced. It was also great to introduce and discuss the importance of interprofessional competencies as they relate to informatics competencies.
All presentations and curricular materials for each presenter will be available for download from the AACN.QSEN Deep Dive Workshop website. To access, go to www.aacn.nche.edu/qsen-informatics/2012-workshop
We are all called to shape the future! My closing reflections are that it will take many individuals and many organizations to step-up and step-together to shape our future.