Peter Drucker, a management consultant and author, coined the term “knowledge worker” in his book The Landmarks of Tomorrow (1959). Drucker defined knowledge workers as high-level employees who use theoretical and analytical knowledge gained through formal education to develop products and services. Does this ring a bell?
Nurses are highly educated professionals. What has changed since Drucker’s time are the methods for acquiring knowledge. The amount of data that can now be generated, as well as the tools used to access it, have evolved significantly in recent years, allowing healthcare professionals (among many others) to take on the role of knowledge worker in new and powerful ways.
In this Assignment, you will examine how the role of the nurse leader has evolved and how this evolution has led nurse leaders to assume the role of knowledge worker. You will create a PowerPoint presentation that includes an infographic (a visual representation of information, data, or knowledge). Infographics are designed to convey information quickly and clearly.) to educate others on the role of the nurse as a knowledge worker.
P. Drucker as a source: (1959). Tomorrow’s landmarks. HarperCollins Publishers, New York, NY.
To Get Ready:
Examine the informatics concepts presented in the Resources.
Consider a nurse leader’s role as a knowledge worker.
Consider how data that is collected/accessed can inform knowledge.
Explain what a knowledge worker is.
Define and explain nursing informatics, as well as the role of the nurse leader as a knowledge worker.
Create a simple infographic to assist in explaining these concepts.
NOTE: See â€How to Make an Infographic in PowerPointâ€ in the Resources for more information on infographics, including how to create one in PowerPoint.
The hypothetical scenario you shared in the Discussion Forum should be included in your PowerPoint. Include your analysis of the data that you could use, how the data could be accessed/collected, and what knowledge could be derived from that data. Make sure to include feedback from your colleagues’ responses.