Data Management





Nursesconduct clinical research to contribute to the social support field.Specifically, their research involves the study of clinical andcommunity populations. To identify the target populations nursesnarrow down to one of their profession’s concerns and activities.The target population for nurses depends on the type of research andthe appropriate terms of reference. Generally, the target populationranges from the chronically ill, Surgical patients, expectant women,parents of infants, caregivers, children, males, native people, thepoor, the unemployed and victims of child and elder abuse (Hamric,Hanson, Tracy, &amp O`Grady, 2014).

Thestrategies for data collection depend on the type of research thatdictates the type of required data. The method includes interviews,questionnaires, observations and bio-psychological measurement.Secondary methods involve the use of data that was previouslycollected. The data is stored as patient medication records, diaries,notes, statistical lab abstracts and reports from the census. Theyare easier and quicker (Hamric et al, 2014).

Innursing, data entry is done electronically through the use of theElectronic Health Record (EHR) system. Amongst the areas that I feelskilled is the interpretation of the results produced by theElectronic Health Record system. I can comfortably interpret theresults and further, diagnose the disease or evaluate the patient’srecovery. I feel I need more skills development in data entry areas.The area involves enhancing my abilities in terms of speed tonavigate the system. The skill development activities shall enable meto key in quick changes in patient’s statistics and further improvethe records of the patients (Hamric et al., 2014).

Thefirst step involves improving the Electronic Health Record system.The improvements include modifying the system to make ituser-friendly in terms of data entry. The key entry points shall bemade easy to locate. Second, it involves the enhancement of thesystems speed. This shall ensure that the system does not hang in theprocess of data entry. It shall further minimise the loss of data.Third is to interlink the various departments with the system. Thisshall ensure the congruency of data and ensure that information isaccessed by all the administration staff (Hamric et al., 2014).


Hamric,A. B., Hanson, C. M., Tracy, M. F., &amp O`Grady, E. T. (2014).Advancedpractice nursing: An integrative approach (5thed).St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Saunders.