Nursing Informatics

Nursing Informatics

The use of technology in various aspects of care ought to be embraced to meet both the needs of care by patients as well as getting in line with the current changes that are evident in the healthcare system. In the instances of advanced nursing practice, more research activities should be done to give room for evidenced-based practice which leads to an improved nursing profession. This article dwells on the use of data, information, knowledge and wisdom continuum in doing research and its outcome in shaping care provision.

The Research question

Who are the appropriate candidates for group therapy in the management of mental illnesses? This question came about on the basis’ that group therapy forms one of the best treatment methods for psychotherapy cases. The methods impact the patients by assisting in managing anxiety, depression, substance abuse and panic. As a psychiatric nurse, identification of the best candidates for group therapy provides an opportunity to nurse patients with similar states together.

In working through the continuum of data as a mental healthcare provider, I would look for information concerning candidature for group therapy in psychiatry. In so doing, data concerning the topic can be access ranging from its efficiency to indication of its use among patients. By narrowing down and relating the information received from various sources that I will be knowledgeable concerning the types of candidates for the treatment methods and the instances where the method can be applied. As illustrated by Cook et al., 2017, the aspect of knowledgeability then gives room for determination of candidates for groups the therapy while considering the instances where the candidature can be altered.

The inquiries from the research question are valid based on the fact that in most care settings, group therapy is usually beneficial and assist in creating a therapeutic relationship between the patients and the nurses. Determination of the candidates for groups therapy creates a dilemma to the therapist on the individual to include or exclude from a therapy session. This dilemma gets much raised by the need to have patients express their autonomy as well as to having the ability to interact with others which on the other hand are not the criteria for determining the candidature of patients for the session.

Databases and search words to be used

To access data and information about my topic, I will explore CINAHL &MEDLINE Simultaneous Search (Creswell & Creswell, 2017). The search words will entail “inclusion and exclusion criteria for group therapy”, “determining candidates for group therapy” and “candidates for group therapy.” The articles searched will also include peer reviews that are published within the last five years. The information obtained concerning the participants in the therapy sessions will then be narrowed down to the best candidates for the treatment modality to fit my research question.

Conversion of Information to Knowledge

On getting the message on the appropriate candidates for group therapy and instances where the candidature changes, a plan will be developed to act as a guide on the criteria of joining the group sessions. This plan will be based on the outcome of the research study putting into consideration of other factors such as the time of the sessions, method of determining topics of discussion, the number of patients to be in a group at a time, frequency of carrying out the treatment method as well as whether to make the groups open or closed. According to Cook et al., (2017), the above considerations ought to be made since they impact the membership of the therapy sessions in one way or the other.

Using Wisdom

The plan developed out of the consideration will give room for identification of the candidates for the sessions as well as an enabling surrounding for the legible candidates to take part and benefit from the therapy.

In this case of determining the candidates for group therapy, nursing informatics will assist in the management of the patient during the treatment period. In searching for eligible candidates for the treatment method, the results indicated that the group could include similar or different conditions. Putting this into consideration, informatics will be used to group the therapies regarding those requiring mixed participants as well as those having common symptoms. Other issues such as age and topic of discussion will also be taken into account thus the meaningful use of the acquired knowledge.

The use of Informatics

Informatics can be utilized to gain wisdom on the basis that it follows a cascade of events. These entail researching on a topic to get information after narrowing down. The information received is put into practice thus acting as a demonstration of the knowledge acquired. Wisdom comes about after several research activities and practices that allows solutions to various problems emerging from the application of the knowledge. This process can be achieved via informatics.

Nursing informatics integrates information science, computers science, and the nursing science. In so doing, it manages and communicates about the continuum of data, information, knowledge, and wisdom in nursing practice. Besides, it impacts gaining wisdom as it helps the nursing care teams in decision making (Nagle et al., 2014). Both the continuum and nursing informatics have the same structure thus facilitates research activities and nursing practice at large.


Research work allows exoneration of information from various sources. The information is inadequate for use thus prompting narrowing down to specific issues since the topic may be broad. The acquired knowledge can then be put into practices in seeking solutions to various issues thus amounting to wisdom.




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