Application: Using the Data/Information/Knowledge/Wisdom Continuum
Have you ever gone online to search for a
journal article on a specific topic? It is amazing to see the large number of
journals that are available in the health care field. When you view the library
in its entirety, you are viewing untapped data. Until you actually research for
your particular topic, there is little structure. Once you have narrowed it
down, you have information and once you apply the information, you have
knowledge. Eventually, after thoughtful research and diligent practice, you
reach the level of wisdomâ€”knowledge applied in meaningful ways.
Are there areas in your practice that you
believe should be more fully explored? The central aims of nursing informatics
are to manage and communicate data, information, knowledge, and wisdom. This continuum
represents the overarching structure of nursing informatics. In this
Assignment, you develop a research question relevant to your practice area and
relate how you would work through the progression from data to information,
knowledge, and wisdom.
Review the information in Figure 6-2 inNursing Informatics
and the Foundation of Knowledge.
Develop a clinical question related to your
area of practice that you would like to explore.(My Research question: CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES AND STROKE )
Consider what you currently know about this
topic. What additional information would you need to answer the question?
Using the continuum of data, information,
knowledge, and wisdom, determine how you would go about researching your
Explore the available
databases in the Walden Library. Identify which of these databases you would
use to find the information or data you need. (I USE ANY NURSING DATABASE SUCH AS CINHAL HEALTH, PROQUEST,
MEDLINE, OVID NURSING JOURNALS OR GOOGLE SCHOLARS UNDER THE WALDEN LIBRARY
Once you have
identified useful databases, how would you go about finding the most relevant
articles and information?
Consider how you would
extract the relevant information from the articles.
How would you take the
information and organize it in a way that was useful? How could you take the
step from simply having useful knowledge to gaining wisdom?
Write a 4-page paper that addresses the following: