Sample Nursing Research Paper Assignment on Information Systems in Healthcare (Nursing)

SCENARIO

You are a nurse at the beginning of the COVID pandemic. The hospital has no more telemetry beds and only 3 “clean” beds left for non-covid patients. This has caused a backlog of inpatient patients held in the emergency room. You are a nurse from the inpatient units who has been pulled to care for the telemetry patients in the emergency room. There are no more beds available in the emergency room. The patients lined up around the nurses’ stations, and managers cared for patients in the hallways.

You finally get your medications from the pharmacy after submitting a request for an inhaler that was needed an hour ago. You go to administer the medications and notice it was just slower to load than normal, but after some time you were able to administer your medications. You are notified by the charge nurse you have a new patient. You introduce yourself and he is asking for a turkey sandwich. You go to check his diet order and the EMR screen turns off and won’t turn back on. Another nurse is close by, and they were able to check the order for you. You then get him some food and complete your assessments. Your EMR screen still has not loaded and it has been 15 minutes. You try to call the help desk too, but you cannot get through for computer support. You’ve tried different computers. Now the other nurses are asking you if you can see what labs are due for their patients since they cannot get into the EMR now.

It’s been over 40 minutes since anyone has been able to get into the EMR. Senior leadership says there is a network downtime, and they do not know when it will come back. You begin downtime procedures only to find out the downtime computer where emergency data on current patients was unplugged to charge a nurse’s phone. Since this computer was unplugged there is no backed up data, patient names, their lab work, or administered medications on any of the patients in your unit.

The charge nurse begins using a whiteboard to track all 110 patients in the ER. The lab begins calling results on patients’ labs manually. Other nurses are texting pictures of handwritten lab results and EKG printouts to doctors from their personal phones. A patient care tech brings your patient to a cat scan to get a test done since they are in room 21. After the patient comes back you realize this was the wrong patient. You do your best to keep the 7 patients you are caring for organized and informed while helping your co-workers during this situation.

Choose an ending to the scenario, and construct your paper based on those reflections. Choose one of the following outcomes:

  • A HIPAA violation occurs, and client data is exposed to the media
  • A medication error has harmed a client
  • A technology downtime that impacts patient care occurs, and an error is made
  • A ransomware attack has occurred, and the organization must contemplate paying the ransom or lose access to patient data

Choose an ending to the scenario, and construct your paper based on those reflections.

Choose one of the following outcomes:

  1. A HIPAA violation occurs, and client data is exposed to the
  2. A medication error has harmed a
  3. A technology downtime that impacts patient care occurs, and an error is
  4. A ransomware attack has occurred, and the organization must contemplate paying the ransom or lose access to patient data.

Follow these guidelines when completing this assignment. Speak with your faculty member if you have questions. Include the following sections:

  1. Introduction – 40 points/17%
    • Catches the attention of the reader
    • States purpose of the paper
    • Provides a narrative outline of the paper (i.e., the assignment criteria)
  2. HIPAA, Legal, and Regulatory Discussion – 40 points/17%
    • Presents evidence from recent scholarly publications to address the impact of technology on nursing care related to:
      • Patient privacy and HIPAA standards
      • Healthcare regulations
      • Legal guidelines on the appropriate use of technology
  1. Scenario Ending and Recommendations – 50 points/21%
    • Selects and presents one scenario ending as the focus of the
    • Evaluates the actions taken by healthcare providers as the situation
    • Recommends actions that could have been taken to mitigate the circumstances presented in the selected scenario
    • Supports recommendations with evidence from recent scholarly
  2. Advantages and Disadvantages – 50 points/21%
    • Presents evidence from recent scholarly publications to address the impact of technology on nursing care related to:
      • The advantages of appropriately using technology in healthcare
      • Risks of technology use in healthcare
    • Describes professional and ethical principles guiding the appropriate use of technology in
  3. Conclusion and Reflections – 30 points/12%
    • Summarizes what new information was learned by completing this
    • Reflects on how this new knowledge will impact future behavior as a healthcare
  4. Scholarly Writing and APA Format – 30 points/12%
    • Paper submitted as a Microsoft Word
    • Adheres to current APA formatting guidelines including proper use of:
      • Title page
      • Page numbers
    • Length is 4-5 pages, excluding title and reference pages.
    • Includes at least three (3) references that are:
      • From recent (within the last 5 years) scholarly sources
      • Cited in text appropriately
      • Included on an APA formatted reference page
    • Scholarly writing reflects:
      • Accurate spelling
      • Correct use of professional grammar
      • Logical organization of thoughts (mechanics)

Grading Rubric Criteria are met when the student’s application of knowledge demonstrates achievement of the outcomes for this assignment.

Assignment Section and Required Criteria

(Points possible/% of total points available)

Highest Level of Performance High Level of Performance Satisfactory Level of Performance Unsatisfactory Level of Performance Section not present in paper
Introduction

(40 points/17%)

40 points 36 points 32 points 15 points 0 points
Required criteria

·        Catches attention of the reader.

·        States purpose of the paper.

·        Provides a narrative outline of the paper (i.e., the assignment criteria).

Meets all requirements for section. Includes no fewer than 2 requirements for section. Includes no less than 1 requirement for section. Present, yet includes no required criteria. No requirements for this section presented.
HIPAA, Legal, and Regulatory Discussion

(40 points/17%)

40 points 36 points 32 points 15 points 0 points
Required criteria

Presents evidence from recent scholarly publications to address the impact of technology on nursing care related to:

·        Patient privacy and HIPAA standards

·        Healthcare regulations

·        Legal guidelines on appropriate use of technology

Meets all requirements for section. Includes no fewer than 2 requirements for section. Includes no fewer than 1 requirement for section. Present, yet includes no required criteria. No requirements for this section presented.
Scenario Ending and Recommendations

(50 points/21%)

50 points 46 points 42 points 19 points 0 points
Required criteria

·        Selects and presents one scenario ending as the focus of the assignment.

·        Evaluates the actions taken by healthcare providers as the situation evolved.

·        Recommends actions that could have been taken to mitigate the circumstances presented in the selected scenario ending. Supports recommendations with evidence from

·        recent scholarly publications.

Meets all requirements for section. Includes no fewer than 3 requirements for section. Includes 1-2 requirements for section. Section present yet includes no required criteria. No requirements for this section presented.

 

Assignment Section and Required Criteria

(Points possible/% of total points available)

Highest Level of Performance High Level of Performance Satisfactory Level of Performance Unsatisfactory Level of Performance Section not present in paper
·        Supports recommendations with evidence from

recent scholarly publications.

Advantages and Disadvantages

(50 points/21%)

50 points 46 points 42 points 19 points 0 points
Required criteria

·        Presents evidence from recent scholarly publications to address the impact of technology on nursing care.

·        Evidence includes the advantages of appropriately using technology in healthcare.

·        Evidence includes risks of inappropriately using technology in healthcare.

·        Describes professional and ethical principles guiding the appropriate use of technology in healthcare.

Meets all requirements for section. Includes no fewer than 3 requirements for section. Includes 1-2 requirements for section. Section present yet includes no required criteria No requirements for this section presented.
Conclusion and Reflections

(30 points/12%)

30 points 15 points 0 points
Required criteria

·        Summarizes new information learned by completing this assignment.

·        Reflects on how this new knowledge will impact future behavior as a healthcare professional.

Meets all requirements for section. Includes 1 requirement for section. No requirements for this section presented.
Scholarly Writing and APA Format

(30 points/12%)

30 points 26 points 22 points 12 points 0 points
Required criteria

·        Paper submitted as a Microsoft Word document.

·        Adheres to current APA formatting guidelines including proper use of:

Meets all requirements for section. Includes no fewer than 4 fully met requirements for section. Includes no fewer than 3 fully met requirements for section. Includes 1-2 requirements fully met requirements for section. No requirements for this section presented.

 

 

Assignment Section and Required Criteria

(Points possible/% of total points available)

Highest Level of Performance High Level of Performance Satisfactory Level of Performance Unsatisfactory Level of Performance Section not present in paper
o   Title page

o   Page numbers

·        Length is 4-5 pages, excluding title and reference pages.

·        Includes at least three (3) references that are:

o   From recent (within the last 5 years) scholarly sources

o   Cited in text appropriately

o   Included on an APA formatted reference page

·        Scholarly writing reflects:

o   Accurate spelling

o   Correct use of professional grammar

o   Logical organization of thoughts (mechanics)

Total Points Possible = 240 points