Scholarship, Practice, and Leadership
Joy N. Tinsen
August 3, 2014
Scholarship, Practice, and Leadership
Information literacy is foundational to scholarship, practice, and leadership. The three areas are dependent on information for their basic functions. Scholarship, practice, and leadership require information literacy: the ability to find, evaluate, and organize information for efficient operation. Nursing requires a high level of scholarship, practice, and leadership from initial entry to the profession. Information literacy is crucial to every area of nursing. Nursing in Scholarship, Practice, and Leadership
Scholarship in nursing begins before entering a nursing program, in the prerequisites required for acceptance. Nurses are scholars throughout their professional careers because of the continuously changing nature of healthcare. Nurses must pursue continuing education, often as a licensure requirement (California Board of Registered Nursing, 2014). Nurses are leaders. Every nurse has to lead patients toward health, lead families toward difficult decisions, and lead staff members through a shift. Nursing is a practice-centered profession. There are nurses solely in academia, administration, case management, and policy development, but even the scholastic and leadership activities of nurses eventually benefit practice. Scholarship and Information Literacy
Nursing programs are science programs, and science is information. Nursing students must find and internalize an enormous volume of information, and integrate it into a useful mental structure for practice. Turusheva said, "Students need not so much knowledge itself, but the so-called information competence to survive in the changing information environment" (p. 127). Nurses must translate scholastic ability into practice every day. Practice and Information Literacy
Daily nursing practice requires information literacy to retrieve current information on medications, diagnoses, treatments, and for patient teaching. Nursing, like many other professions, has seen information literacy change at a phenomenal rate. Nurses must be computer literate for daily practice. Information systems require nurse interaction to store patient data. These systems provide treatment suggestions, warnings, and teaching information for the patient. The nursing practitioner may spend as much as 35% of available work time on information management rather than on patient care (Yee, et al., 2012). Nurses must be able to retrieve very specific and sensitive information from multiple sources often during the course of one phone conversation. Nurses translate this information literacy into increasing leadership in the healthcare and academic world. Leadership and Information Literacy
Modern, effective leadership requires information literacy in any field. Leadership in nursing starts at entry level and is integral to all areas of nursing practice. Nursing leaders may work in education, public policy, and community health, as well as clinical healthcare. Healthcare is a rapidly moving arena on many levels, and nurse leaders must have a high level of information literacy to maintain a professional nursing presence on the forefront of healthcare development. Regardless of where a nurse works, there will be leadership elements, and effective leadership requires information literacy. Missing Elements
Nursing is relatively new as a profession. Nurses enter the profession with a wide range of education levels, often under the same licensure. The Licensed Practical Nurse (or Vocational Nurse in some states) may have a diploma or certificate, or may have an Associate Degree. The Registered Nurse may have an Associate Degree or a Doctorate. This variability in education associated with licensure can create problems when the employing organization places the same expectations on the nurses regardless of their level of education (Lane & Kohlenberg, 2010). Scholarship with...
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