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uic health informatics “, 2020 )” many patients visit H e a l t h M e d i c a l

Discussion Question 1

Step 1 In your initial post, due Wednesday at 11:59 pm Mountain Time,respond to the following prompts.

  • Describe a client using certain characteristics such as age, social supports, and type of community.
  • Describe the social determinants to health promotion for a specific client in your community with whom you are familiar.
  • Describe the role of social support in health promotion for this client.
  • Describe the relationship between social support and social determinants in accessing health promotion for this client.

Cite any sources in APA format.

Step 2 Read other students’ posts and respond to at least two of them

In your responses, choose one of the social determinants your peers
wrote about. Explain why you agree with their explanations of the
relationship between social support and social determinants.

Your initial post should be 2-3 paragraphs long and follow the
requirements outlined in the discussion rubric. Please add to the
discussion in your peer responses with informative responses, instead of
posts similar to “great idea! I really agree with you.” The initial
post and the peer responses have different deadlines. Make sure that
your discussion adheres to these deadlines.

APA guidelines and plagiarism prevention matter in discussion posts
just like with other scholarly assignments. Cite all references
appropriately using APA format.

Discussion 1 Donna

64-year-old female lives in rural areas in the country just outside a
small town in Ohio. She gets very little support from her family. She
has two daughters, one of who she hasn’t spoken to in over 3 years, and
the other daughter is involved in her life., but not as much as she
would like to be. This female sees a psychiatrist every week to help
with the emotional struggles that she has going on. She also has a dog
that she loves very much.

Social determinants of this individual are she is on a
fixed income, social security disability due to her medical conditions, a
high school diploma, lived in the same rural area for 36 years, and an
abusive alcoholic mother growing up. Her father passed away when she was
very young. She is not very active due to her health conditions and is
very depressed because she can’t get around and do the things she used
to and that she hasn’t spoken to her daughter in a couple of years.

Social support in health promotion for her has a family
to provide a positive support system. Continue to see the therapist can
lead to positive outcomes. If she could find coping strategies like
relaxation activities, talking to family and therapist to express her
emotions, and going out and meeting new people, her age group. Hence,
she is not just sitting in the house, making her more depressed.

The relationship between social support and social determinants is
that if you have greater social support, less isolation, and greater
interpersonal trust, you live longer and healthier lives than socially
isolated (Family and Social Support, 2020). If you lack adequate social
support, you are particularly vulnerable to stress, leading to cardiovascular disease and unhealthy behaviors (Family and Social Support, 2020).


Family and Social Support. (2020). County Health Rankings & Roadmaps.
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https:// Question 2

Respond to the following question based on this weeks lesson and, if it’s relevant, include your own personal experience

  • Describe
    two examples of patient safety improvement through the use of health
    care informatics. Specifically, how did health care Informatics improve
    patient safety in each example?

Read other students’ posts and respond to at least two of them.

Discussion 1 Rebecca

two examples of improved patient safety through informatics I will use
for this week’s discussion are monitoring systems and pharmacy systems. I
was recently floated to the ICU for a day where all the patients are
constantly monitored for heart rate, blood pressure, and 02 saturation
which allows the nurse or doctor, at a glance, to see how the patient
is doing. All these systems are also set to alarm if a vital sign is out
of range, either too high or too low. In this way the, “tracking
enables trending and recognition of potentially reassuring or concerning
patterns that require further intervention” (Information, n.d., Topic
1, para. 9). The pharmacy systems add to patient safety by ensuring the
five rights are followed every step of the way when dispensing a
medication, administering a medication, and when the doctor is
prescribing a medication. “The dispensing portion of a pharmacy system
can dispense the proper dose of medication, including labeling that
tracks the patient’s name and other necessary demographic information”
(Information, n.d., Topic 1, para. 14). The dispensing aspect also
provides safety to patients when the medication is being removed by a
nurse by ensuring one is pulling the right medication and the right
dose. This safety is continued to bedside where the patients barcoded
bracelet is scanned and each medication is scanned, which will alert if
the medication, dose, or time of administration are wrong. Another
example of pharmacy systems providing patients safety is through
e-scribing, “This system improves patient safety with reduction of
errors related to handwriting or omissions and prevents tampering with
handwritten prescriptions given to patients” (Information, n.d., Topic
1, para. 16).


Information Systems. (n.d.). https://dcn.instructure.com/courses/32725/pages/we…

Discussion 2 Mark

are many different examples of patient safety that has been implemented
over the years. Numerous places now have pictures of residents to help
ensure that the right patient is being given the proper medication,
along with making sure that you have the right patient. Some patients
have dementia and will say yes to anything that you ask them. Having a
form of identification allows nurses to keep from making this error.

“EHRs ensure that patients receive the right medication the first
time to prevent allergic reactions to antibiotics or other medicines.
They even warn physicians before prescribing a specific drug if it shows
dangerous interactions with a medication already in use by the
patient.” (“4 Ways Health Informatics Improves Patient Care | UIC Health Informatics”, 2020)

“Many patients visit more than one health provider. Paper-based
records make safely managing a patient’s prescriptions difficult as
these medical records do not get consolidated across physicians,
specialists, laboratories, and hospitals. Many patients visit more than
one health provider. Paper-based records make safely managing a
patient’s prescriptions difficult as these medical records do not get
consolidated across physicians, specialists, laboratories, and
hospitals.” (“4 Ways Health Informatics Improves Patient Care | UIC
Health Informatics”, 2020)

You also have lab values. Having an EHR for lab values ensures
that any labs that are not within a therapeutic range are called into
the nurses so that they can let the doctors know so that the proper
orders are given for the patient to remain safe while under the nurse’s

These are just a few ways of patient safety and improvements,
but electronic health records tend to make nurse’s jobs more manageable
and helpful. This allows us to spend more time making sure that our
patients get the attention that they deserve and are safe while we care
for them.


4 Ways Health Informatics Improves Patient Care | UIC Health
Informatics. (2020). Retrieved 26 October 2020, from

Discussion Question 3

The Future of Nursing According to the IOM Report

Respond to at least two of your fellow students’ posts .

Step 1 Download the handout and read.

  • Download the following (you may need to down load it twice)
  • https:// class=”screenreader-only”> (Links to an external site.)
  • Read chapter 5 (pp. 225-254 only) of the IOM report
    related to this key message: “Nurses should be full partners, with
    physicians and other health care professionals, in redesigning health
    care in the United States.”

Step 2 Post a response to the discussion board.

In your post, respond to the following question and, if appropriate, include personal experience as part of your answer:

  • How do you see this key message applying to your daily practice as a nurse?

Discussion 1 Richard

I see many aspects of this report being applied in my daily practice as a

nurse. I was, as are all of my colleagues, encouraged to be leaders,

collaborators, and caregivers. I was recently placed in a leadership

role over safety and compliance in my department which requires me to

earn at least a bachelor’s degree, so here I am. Also, nurses drive

care policy here at my hospital through committee. I sat on the policy

committee here for two years and most of it is safety driven.

For my practice as safety and compliance coordinator I am
expected to mediate and collaborate. Our department has a practice
committee that involves nurses, radiology technologists, and providers.
We discuss procedural roles, new procedures, and issues that have
arisen since the previous meeting. This is a committee that nursing
asked for so all parties can be sure that they are performing in the
safest way possible. This stemmed from an incident where a physician
was going to begin a new procedure that no one was familiar with.
Nursing said no, not until we see the evidence for treatment and
alternatives as well as intra-procedural and post op care. As it turned
out care was different than other similar cases and we didn’t start the
procedures until everyone was truly ready.

TeamSTEPPS® is a tool used to promote collaboration and improve
communication among our team members (Agency for Healthcare Research and
Quality, n.d.). A proper TeamSTEPPS® approach was used when nursing
held up the new procedure as described above. Our physicians, nurses,
and technologists are required to have TeamSTEPPS® training. This
empowers people to step up and speak up without fear of repercussions.


Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research. (2012). TeamSTEPPS 2.0. https:// class=”screenreader-only”> (Links to an external site.)

Discussion 2 Lexina

Being a full partner transcends all levels of the nursing profession
and requires leadership skills and competencies that must be applied
within the profession and in collaboration with other health
professionals (“The future”, 2011, pg. 222). Nurses play an essential
role in providing optimal health care while implementing policy changes,
nurses are the backbone of health care delivery. Although, nurses may
not take on responsibilities of a full leadership role, I think
leadership becomes fundamental when advancing your nursing career.

Working on a critical care unit I find exercising leadership
competencies are very predominant in this specific collaborative
environment. This type of leadership involves working with a critical
care team while having mutual respect to complete emergent task on the
floor. Strong leadership on the part of nurses, physicians, and others
will be required to devise and implement the changes necessary to
increase quality, access, and value and deliver patient-centered care
(“The future”, 2011, pg. 251). As nurses we already adopt most
leadership competencies, such as patient advocacy, knowledge of care
delivery, safety and quality of care. All things considered, there’s
always room for improvement to succeed in future leadership roles.


The future of nursing: Leading change, advancing health at NAP. edu. (2011). National Academies Press: OpenBook.