The Inclusion of Nurses in the SDLC
Brief introduction with a purpose statement
v A description of what you believe to be the consequences of a healthcare organization not involving nurses in each stage of the SDLC when purchasing and implementing a new health information technology system.
v Provide specific examples of potential issues at each stage of the SDLC and explain how the inclusion of nurses may help address these issues.
v Then, explain whether you had any input in the selection and planning of new health information technology systems in your nursing practice or healthcare organization and explain potential impacts of being included or not in the decision-making process.
v Be specific and provide examples.
- This is a discussion
- No tittle pages.
- No running heads.
- This is a Masters level class
- APA Format with intext citation
- Required to use AT LEAST TWO references from the reading resources. Total of three.
- Outside resources should be peer review Articles
The Inclusion of Nurses in the Systems Development Life Cycle
Nurses are important members of the hospital staff and failing to involve them in the entire process of Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) will result in ineffectiveness in its application. According to Qin et al (2017), nurses are best positioned to understand what is required in order to address any underlying issue. Therefore, failure to involve the nurse will mean missing out on important information, which in turn will make any system ineffective or less effective in achieving the goal for which it was supposed to achieve. This discussion explains the importance of including nurses in the systems development life cycle.
Nurses should be involved in all stages of systems development life cycle analysis, design, development and testing. In a project such as introduction of Barcodes, nurses best understand units where there is noncompliance as they are the ones that usually interacting with the system (Saleem, Steel, Gercek, & Chandra, 2017). Therefore, they can help in ensuring that the testing for the new system is done and any systems strength and weaknesses noted so that system problems can be addressed. During the implementation phase, nurses are best positioned to provide crucial feedback on areas of strength and weaknesses of a system. Their involvement in the evaluation phase is also vital (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2017). Using the barcode system example, nurses can best offer information on whether issues noted in the system were unit specific or whether they were involving the entire system.
At my work place, I was included in a team that was supposed to select of a new health information system that would collect, store, manage and transmit a patient’s electronic medical record (EMR) efficiently. My involvement in the process as well as the involvement of other nurses was important. This is because we were interacting with the old system daily and we knew the weaknesses especially regarding to its functionability and how it led to time wastage due to constant breakdown. According to Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (n.d), in order to successfully implement health information technology (health IT) in an organization, it is important to recognize the impact it has on both the clinical and administrative workflow. Therefore, we were able to insist on the specific feature that the new system should have in order to best serve the hospital.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. (n.d.b). Workflow assessment for health IT toolkit. Retrieved from https://healthit.ahrq.gov/health-it-tools-and-resources/evaluation-resources/workflow-assessment-health-it-toolkit
McGonigle, D., & Mastrian, K. G. (2017). Nursing informatics and the foundation of knowledge (4th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
Qin, Y., Zhou, R., Wu, Q., Huang, X., Chen, X., Wang, W., … Yu, P. (2017). The effect of nursing participation in the design of a critical care information system: a case study in a Chinese hospital. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 17(1). doi:10.1186/s12911-017-0569-3
Saleem, N., Steel, D., Gercek, G., & Chandra, A. (2017). Significance of User Participation in a Hospital Information System Success. The Health Care Manager, 36(2), 199-205. doi:10.1097/hcm.0000000000000156