You may not realize it but, almost everything you do or document is likely used as data

Documentation of Data

Please include references to support your discussion (written within the past 5 years) at the end of your initial post and support your response to classmates. An initial post with in-text and end of text references in APA format.

You may not realize it but, almost everything you do or document is likely used as data. Such data can
be coded as a quality initiative variable (patient satisfaction) or a rate (rate of infection; readmission).
Other data may be specific to a facility or population. Where nurses were once somewhat removed
from quality reports, they are a common discussion with each staff meeting. Nurses are likely
associated with most initiatives whether directly or indirectly.

1) Module 7 readings directed you to explore various databases (under General References and Resources). In regards to what you encounter everyday in the workplace, what stood out to you within the databases reviewed.

Melnyk, B.M. & Fineout-Overholt, E. (2019). Evidence-based practice in nursing & healthcare: A guide to best practice (4th edition). New York: Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

ISBN: 9781496384539

– Melnyk, & Fineout-Overholt, (2019), Chapters 9-11

– Explore data sources under Course Module Labeled: General References and Resources

Additional Links and Resources

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2) Explore nursing literature. Share a study using a database as a benchmark for the study ( i.e. Press Ganey’s patient satisfaction score – as an outcome variable in a study; or Hospital Compare’s HAI rate). Were national averages were included? Do you see your workplace as part of the study? What are your thoughts?


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 What stood out the most for me was the quality of organization in the data available on the different databases reviewed. Although any information stored in a particular database has the potential to make up data, qualitative or quantitative, the organization of such data is highly consequential to any use. The primary reason for said storage is always future retrieval and analysis for decision-making purposes. However, there are always cases in which a particularly critical piece of information would remain inaccessible, thereby making it impossible for the stakeholders involved to make ideal decisions. Such challenges often result from the poor organization of the data, which renders it inaccessible when necessary, thereby limiting……………

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