Data Mining in the EHR: an activity for beginning student nurses

Submitter Information

Author: Daniela Eichelberger, RN, MSN CPHQ
Title: Clinical Associate Professor
Institution: Columbia College of Nursing

Competency Category(s)

Learner Level(s)
Pre-Licensure ADN/Diploma, Pre-Licensure BSN

Learner Setting(s)
Clinical Setting, Skills or Simulation Laboratories

Strategy Type
Independent Study, Online or Web-based Modules, Paper Assignments

Learning Objectives

  • Explain why information and technology skills are essential for safe patient care
  • Navigate the electronic health record
  • Respond appropriately to clinical decision making supports and alerts
  • Use information management tools to monitor oucomes of care processes
  • Protect confidentiality of protected health information in electronic health records

Strategy Overview

Documenting in the Electronic Health Record (EHR) accurately is only one of the activities that the Registered Nurse (RN) is responsible for in providing quality patient care.  Another requirement is the RN’s ability to find information that relates to the patient’s condition and determines next steps for their care.
In this introductory activity, the beginning nursing student is exposed to the responsibility of the nurse to be able to access data relevant to the care of the patient.  The student is also challenged to make an assessment of the data and how this assessment will affect the care that will be provided.
This activity can be assigned in the Health assessment clinical laboratory setting, or in the clinical area.

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Evaluation Description

This assignment should be evaluated on the basis of
  • The extent that the students were able to draw conclusions from the data they found
  • The extent that the students were able to identify other additional information needed to provide safe and appropriate care to their patients.
  • The extent to which they were able to identify how their assessment of the information on the E.H.R.  may have contributed to their decision-making related to the patient care they provided.