NURS 6051: Transforming Nursing and Healthcare Through Technology

Assume you are a nurse manager on a unit where a new nursing documentation system is to be implemented. You want to ensure that the system will be usable and acceptable for the nurses impacted. You realize a nurse leader must be on the implementation team.


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To Prepare:

  • Review the steps of the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and reflect on the scenario presented.
  • Consider the benefits and challenges associated with involving a nurse leader on an implementation team for health information technology.

The Assignment: (2-3 pages not including the title and reference page)

In preparation of filling this role, develop a 2- to 3-page role description for a graduate-level nurse to guide his/her participation on the implementation team. The role description should be based on the SDLC stages and tasks and should clearly define how this individual will participate in and impact each of the following steps:

  • Planning and requirements definition
  • Analysis
  • Design of the new system
  • Implementation
  • Post-implementation support
  • Use APA format and include a title page and reference page.
  • Use the Safe Assign Drafts to check your match percentage before submitting your work.

The Role Of The Nurse Informaticist In Systems Development And Implementation

College of Nursing, Walden University

NURS 6051: Transforming Nursing and Healthcare Through Information Technology.

The healthcare industry is always changing, with more technology being used. Different systems are being used because of this. McGonigle and Mastrian (2022) say that the success of using these systems depends on how well they are integrated into the organization. But now, how these systems are developed and put into use is just as important. The Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) model helps developers understand what the system needs and involves important people to make sure it’s used well.

Nurses play a big part in making sure the software is used well. Wang et al. (2019) say that using the SDLC model lets nurses see how things are going and meet their goals step by step. Nurses used to mainly work with patients, but now they also help with putting new systems into place. This paper talks about how nurses help develop and use these systems. The SDLC process includes planning, figuring out what’s needed, designing the system, putting it in place, and checking how it’s working afterward.

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Planning and Requirements Definition

At first, you’ll help put the new documentation system in place as a nurse. Being involved from the start makes it more likely to succeed. This is because you can help figure out what the system needs to do based on what the organization and nursing unit need. Your help also makes sure everyone knows what’s needed for the system, like data and who will use it. If nurses aren’t included, the system might not work well (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, n.d.a).


In this stage, you need to know what the new system should do compared to the old one. As a nurse, you’re important for making sure new technology helps with communication and working together better (McKay & Vanaskie, 2018). The goal is to make sure the new system helps the nursing unit. You also need to show how the new system helps fix problems in healthcare.

Design of the New System

In this step, IT experts make the new system based on what the organization needs. As a nurse, you’ll suggest how the system should work day-to-day. The IT experts set up how the system looks and works, but you make sure it’s good for nurses to use. Your help makes sure the system is made right for the nursing unit.


This is when the new system is put into use. Nurses are the main users, so they get training to use it. You’ll make sure everything works well and fits with what the nursing unit needs. Being part of the team helps make sure the new system is good for both the nurses and the organization.

Post-Implementation Support

After the new system is used, it needs to be checked for problems and fixed. Nurses need to say if something isn’t working right (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, n.d.b). This is when your input is really important. You need to make sure the system works well for everyone. If there are issues, they need to be fixed before using the system more.

In short, nurses are really important in the process of making and using new systems. Nurses should be involved at every step of the process to make sure things work well. Nurse leaders help connect technology with what’s needed for patient care. So, their suggestions are key to making sure the whole process goes smoothly.


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. (n.d.a). Health IT evaluation toolkit and evaluation measures quick reference guide.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. (n.d.b). Workflow assessment for health IT toolkit

McGonigle, D., & Mastrian, K. G. (2022). Nursing informatics and the foundation of knowledge (5th ed.). Jones & Bartlett Learning.

McKay, C., & Vanaskie, K. (2018). Partnering for success: The role of the nurse leader in Health Information Technology implementation for coordination of care. Nurse Leader, 16(6), 385–388.

Risling, T. L., & Risling, D. E. (2020). Advancing nursing participation in user-centered design. Journal of research in nursing: JRN25(3), 226–238.

Wang, J., Gephart, S. M., Mallow, J., & Bakken, S. (2019). Models of collaboration and dissemination for nursing informatics innovations in the 21st century. Nursing Outlook, 67(4), 419–432.