Nurse’s Role in Systems Development
In the media introduction to this Nurse’s Role in Systems Development module, it was suggested that you as a nurse, have an important role in the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC). With a focus on patient care and outcomes, nurses may not always see themselves as contributors to developing new systems. However, as you may have observed in your own experience, excluding nurse contributions when implementing systems can have dire consequences.
In this Discussion, you will consider the role you might play in systems development and the ramifications of not being an active participant.
- Review the steps of the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) as presented in the Resources.
- Reflect on your own healthcare organization and consider any steps your healthcare organization goes through when purchasing and implementing a new health information technology system.
- Consider what a nurse might contribute to decisions made at each stage of the SDLC when planning for new health information technology.
Post a description of what you believe to be the consequences of a healthcare organization not involving nurses in each stage of the SDLC when purchasing and implementing a new health information technology system. Provide specific examples of potential issues at each stage of the SDLC and explain how including nurses may help address these issues. Then, explain whether you had any input in selecting and planning new health information technology systems in your nursing practice or healthcare organization and the potential impacts of being included in the decision-making process. Be specific and provide examples