# Uses of Statistics

Topics: Goal, Higher education, Nursing Pages: 4 (1057 words) Published: December 14, 2011
Uses of Statistics
HCS/438
August 2, 2011
Mike Janson

Uses of Statistics
The use of statistics has been proven to assist the understanding of information, data, in many ways. Statistical information is not just collected, but it is also organized and quantified, providing a clearer picture for further study. This writer will explain how statistics are used in my personal workplace, and describe aspects of the statistics used. Statistics in Personal Workplace

My personal workplace is what the federal government classifies as a skilled nursing facility, under the label of long term care. We serve one hundred and twenty predominantly elderly residents who are both long-term stays, as well as rehabilitative short-term stays. Statistics are used in many aspects of this field, from the reimbursement and payment systems, to the quality improvement measures we must and do depend on for assuring our care is of the highest standards. I will explain two types of statistical classification examples used in my workplace in the following paragraphs. Descriptive Statistic Example

The example of a descriptive statistic would be our Education impacts the quality of the services provided (Gambrill, 2000). At these times, and at times of organizational and personal planning for the future, accurate, and correct nursing decisions need to be made.

Inferential Statistic Example
My long-term professional goal is contingent on my goal defined above. It will not be achieved unless the short-term goal is complete. My long-term professional goal is to be an advanced practice nurse, in particular, a Nurse Practitioner, or NP. A registered nurse in this position, is “prepared for primary care practice in family medicine, women’s health, neonatology, pediatrics, school health, geriatrics, or mental health” (Venes, 2009). I believe I can make a greater difference in the lives of my clients, achieving this goal. Skills needed for this type of position, and...