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Management consultant and author Peter Drucker coined the term “knowledge worker” in his book The Landmarks of Tomorrow, in which he described the role of knowledge workers (1959). Knowledge workers, according to Drucker, are high-level employees who apply theoretical and analytical knowledge, which they have acquired through formal training, to the development of products and services. Is this something you’ve heard before?

Nurses are highly educated professionals with a lot of knowledge. What has changed since Drucker’s time is the variety of methods by which knowledge can be acquired. Health care professionals (among many others) have been able to assume the role of knowledge worker in new and powerful ways as a result of the vast amount of data that can now be generated and the tools that are used to access this data, which have advanced significantly in recent years.

In this Assignment, you will examine the changing nature of the nurse leader’s role, as well as how this evolution has led nurse leaders to assume the position of knowledge worker. It is your responsibility to create an infographic for a PowerPoint presentation (a graphic that visually represents information, data, or knowledge). Infographics are intended to convey information quickly and clearly.) to raise awareness of the nurse’s role as a knowledge worker among other people.

Drucker, P. (cited in this section) (1959). The historical landmarks of the future. HarperCollins Publishers, New York, New York.
Preparation should include the following:

Examine the concepts of informatics that have been presented in the Resources section.
Consider the role of a nurse leader in the context of a knowledge worker.
Consider the ways in which data that has been collected or accessed can be used to inform knowledge.
The task at hand is as follows:

Explain what a knowledge worker is and what he or she does.
Define and explain nursing informatics, as well as the role of a nurse leader as a knowledge worker, in the context of patient care.
Create a simple infographic to aid in the explanation of these concepts.
NOTE: For information on infographics, including how to create one in PowerPoint, refer to the resource titled “How to Make an Infographic in PowerPoint,” which can be found in the Resources section.

The hypothetical scenario that you shared in the Discussion Forum should be included in your PowerPoint presentation as well. Describe your investigation into the data that you might be able to use, how the data might be accessed or collected, and what knowledge might be derived from that data. Include any feedback you receive from your colleagues’ responses in your final version of the document.


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