Data Information

Data Information

Week 4 assignment
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
wisdom—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.
To prepare:
Review the information in Figure 6–2 in Nursing Informatics
and the Foundation of Knowledge.
Develop a clinical question related to your area of practice
that you would like to explore.
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 question.
Explore the available databases in the Walden Library.
Identify which of these databases you would use to find the information or data
you need.
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?
By Day 7 of Week 4
Write a 3- to 4-page paper that addresses the following:
Summarize the question you developed, and then relate how
you would work through the four steps of the data, information, knowledge,
wisdom continuum. Be specific.
Identify the databases and search words you would use.
Relate how you would take the information gleaned and turn
it into useable knowledge.
Can informatics be used to gain wisdom? Describe how you
would progress from simply having useful knowledge to the wisdom to make
decisions about the information you have found during your database search.
Your paper must also include a title page, an introduction,
a summary, and a reference page

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Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, including a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words. Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source. One or two-sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words. I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.

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Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately. In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies. Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work). Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.

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Familiarize yourself with the APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in Loud-cloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required). Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation. I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.

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I discourage over-utilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Master’s level and deduct points accordingly. As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content. It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.

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