Sample Education Paper on AACN Essentials Self-Assessment

I have completed the AACN Essentials Self-Assessment and gave myself a current score of 33.

Information systems are geared to help the common user and pass information. Information system uses informatics to process engineer and pass information in the form of data. As a professional medical nurse, I find information system as the most troubling area that I struggle with especially if new technology is being developed and implemented.  Technology is vital in the running of the hospital. The interpretation of information helps the various personnel to integrate and work together. If improper technology is not implemented, it may lead to the collapsing of a hospital. It may also cause confusion and misdiagnosis of the patient. In my score information system turned out to be the most significant barrier. The area that I scored significantly was the ethical standard. I will focus mostly on the are that needs constant improvement. Similarly, I will also look at the area I scored well.

I work in the surgical room, and there are constant changes in the system. The system has not yet incorporated electronic charting. There is difficulty in finding the required information since the rest of the hospital has already included electronic charting. Patient charting is vital in analyzing data about the patient to give the right medication and correct diagnosis. The issue has been forwarded to the hospital management and their reply is the need more time to develop the perfect program that will incorporate the billing department. Electronic Charting is essential in providing care for one patient by different providers (Thede, 2008). Electronic charting enhances this care between medical practitioners. In my previous place of work, the system incorporated the entire patient’s chart. Epic was the system that was used by the surgical department to asses a patient’s information. It was better than my current workplace system called SORAN. The system has not fully been developed and does not incorporate all the patient information. There was no problem in locating patient information. Different medical officers were able to give the patient the required medical services.

The area I excelled in is ethical standards where I had a high score. I take patients information confidentiality very seriously. In the surgical department, we have private fax and shredder. We ensure that patients’ information does not fall in the wrong hands. the information is restricted to certain personnel only. Security is key as employee’s information, or a patient may fall into the wrong hands, and this may lead to the hospital been sued. Due to the recent breaches in the federal government, it is very had to measure the strength of security (Hebda & Czar 2013)

In conclusion, information systems are essential in the running of a hospital. Informatics help display patient charting which displays all information. Improper display of patient charting may lead to delayed service delivery. Similarly, poor patient charting may cause miss diagnosis by the medical practitioner. Ethical behaviors are key in the hospital. Information needs to be secure and upheld with the care it needs. If the wrong information falls into the wrong, it may lead to serious implication. Each nurse has to carry all the patient information with the ideal it needs. Informatics is key in all hospitals and need to be given the proper seriousness it needs. Al hospitals should develop a system that incorporates the patient’s chart and other information



Hebda, T., & Czar, P. (2013). Handbook of informatics for Nurses & Healthcare            Professionals. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson.

Thede, L. (2008, August 18). Informatics. The Electronic Health Record: Will Nursing Be on   Board when the ship Leaves? Retrieved from The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing:            OJIN/Columns/Informatics/ElectronicHealthRecord.html