Reflect on how decision support technologies, including databases, might assist nurses in clinical practice

Reflect on how decision support technologies, including databases, might assist nurses in clinical practice

In this Discussion, you explore the use of clinical decision support systems and consider their value in assisting advanced practice nurses in making informed decisions and providing quality health care.

To prepare:

Review the information in the Learning Resources focusing on the use of clinical decision support systems.

Consider where you seek support for clinical decisions. Do you seek advice from other health care professionals in your organization? Do you use computerized clinical decision support systems? Do you perform your own research? Assess the advantages and disadvantages of each approach.

Reflect on how decision support technologies, including databases, might assist nurses in clinical practice.
Consider how you can validate the integrity of the data you are using in a clinical decision support system.
Peruse the information presented at the Open Clinical website presented in this week’s Learning Resources. Locate an article that focuses on how clinical decision support systems can be used to support or improve patient care. How does the information in the article align with or differ from your own experiences?

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