Proper leadership is essential for the provision of guidance on how individuals can handle and overcome various challenges that they may face. In order for a leader to issue proper guidance, he/she must establish a plan that suits the needs and requirements of his/ her followers. This paper provides a plan on how I will accommodate all the individuals that I will be speaking within the leadership strategies course. The objective of this study will be training experienced nurses on how to use computerized health system. Since the class will be hosting three categories of learners, visual, auditory, and kinaesthetic learners, the lessons will be designed in a manner that they can accommodate all of them.
Outline of Course Content
With the current high adoption rate and implementation of information technology on healthcare, it is important for nurses to stay abreast of changes in IT by having knowledge on how to use computerized healthcare systems. This knowledge is especially needed among nurses who were trained in the early 1990s or earlier when the rate of use of computers was not high. The course content and agenda will be as follows:
- Using computerized health care system
- Security and privacy of information in the healthcare system
- Health information exchange
- Decision making
The learning activities will be designed in a manner that they will be able to cover the entire content and agenda of the meeting. Moreover, it will also be designed in a manner that it is able to ensure that all the groups of individuals who will be participating in the meeting understand the lessons.
Using a Computerized Health Care System
The first lesson of this study will be on how to use a computerized health care system. The nurses will be trained on how to login into a computerized healthcare system, how to register their details in the database, and how to install patients’ data in the form of computerized health records. In addition, they will be taught on the importance of correctly inputting this data in the system. In order to ensure that they can be able to use this data in the provision of nursing services, they will be taught how to access patient’s previous health information. Vaga, Moland, and Blystad (2016), opined that the identification of the health history of an individual is essential in determining the health risk factors that he/ she faces.
Security and Privacy of Healthcare Information
Health care information is sensitive and must be handled with utmost care (Vaga, Moland, & Blystad, 2016, p. 576-578). Accordingly, this study will train nurses on the risks of hacking, or accessibility of patient’s information due to user negligence when using computerized healthcare systems. This lesson will emphasize on the risk of exposure of this information to the patient, nurse, and healthcare institution. Importantly, nurses will be trained on how to avoid exposing this information by using passwords to login or out of the healthcare servers and how to encrypt patient’s data.
Health Information Exchange
Health information exchange is a critical part of the healthcare system. This lesson will aim at ensuring that nurses are aware of the type of information that they may share with third parties and how to securely transmit this information (Samy, Ahmad, & Ismail, 2010, p. 201-209). Generally, certain sensitive health care information must be transferred to third parties for the benefit of the patient and due to government regulation. In light of this, nurses will be trained on how to transmit the healthcare information concerning a patient to a third party. An insurer or an authorized government agency such as Medicaid may need this information.
In the modern evidence-based treatment method, the interpretation of computer information is essential in the determination of the right treatment. Since most information in the healthcare system, such as lab results, are shared and transmitted through a computerized system, the ability to trace this information and make sound decisions is essential in the treatment of a patient. This lesson will train nurses on how to access information that has been transferred to them from other departments and how to make various health care decisions based on this information.
I will appreciate the unique characteristics of the various learners by using practical, oral, and visual tactics. All students will be required to come with their laptops, a notebook, and a pen. The laptops will be installed with a software that will be used to simulate all the lessons taught in the class. A cloud computing system will also connect these devices in order that I may share information using the system with the members of the class. Since the software will operate and behave just like a normal computerized healthcare system, I will explain and demonstrate to the nurses all activities that I will be teaching in the leadership strategy. For example, I will explain and demonstrate on how to login to the system and how to register the details of patients. I will then allow them to practice the steps that I have shown them. I will encourage the nurses to write short notes of the procedures that I will be teaching them so that they may refer to them in case they forget. The use of oral explanations will be suitable for auditory learners. Visual learners will learn through observation, while kinaesthetic learners will learn through practicing on their laptops (Sandberg & Reschly, 2011, p. 144-154).
Strategies to Assess Learning
Use of Computerized Healthcare
The learners will be assessed on their ability to login into the systems and register patients’ details in the system. In addition, they will also be assessed on whether they can properly log out of the system to ensure that unauthorized users do not access patients’ information. In the inputting of the patient’s details, they will be assessed on the clarity and organization of the information that they register into the system. This assessment will evaluate their ability to remember the lessons taught and how to apply them in the system.
Healthcare Information Exchange
The learners will be assessed on their ability to make decisions on the type of information to send to a third party. In the lesson, I will pretend to be an insurance provider and the nurses will be required to send me some information concerning a patient. This assessment will aim at identifying the ability of the nurses to analyze, evaluate, and create the right information to be sent to certain third parties. I will expect the nurses to send only the minimum required information such as age and gender. I will also expect them to password protect or encrypt this information.
This assessment will evaluate the ability of the nurse to trace information sent through the computer system and to make decisions based on this information. In order to assess the nurses, ability to trace information, I will send them laboratory results of a patient. Accordingly, I will expect them to trace this information and to form various recommendations (Hettinger & Rollin, 2012, p. 1743-1747). This test will assess the nurses’ ability to remember how the system works and how to apply it in their daily activities.
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