Nursing informatics is a branch of nursing or area of specialty that concentrates on finding ways to improve data management and communication in nursing with the sole objective of improving efficiency, reduction of health costs, and enhancement of the quality of patient care (Murphy, 2010). It is also described as a growing area of nursing specialty that combines computer science, information technology, and nursing science in the management and processing of nursing information, data, and knowledge with the sole objective of supporting nursing practice and research. Various nursing theorists have formulated various theoretical frameworks or models related to nursing informatics (Wager, Lee, & Glaser, 2013), and they are defined as a cluster of related concepts or ideas that establish actions that act as major guidelines in nursing informatics to issues related to the central concept of data, information, and knowledge. Some of the theories that inform and assist in the framing of nursing informatics include Turley's nursing informatics model, Goosen’s framework for nursing informatics research, and Staggers & Parks’ nurse-computer interaction framework (Elkind, 2009).Therefore, this paper provides analysis of Goosen’s framework for nursing informatics research and its relevance and applicability to the nursing profession.
Nursing Informatics Theory
“Goosen’s framework for nursing informatics research”
Various models have been formulated that describe different aspects of nursing informatics, and many of them were developed with the sole objective of providing a conceptual framework for the nursing discipline. Goosen conceptual framework for nursing informatics research is considered as a component of nursing informatics theories or conceptual models, and it was formulated in 1996 as an extension of Graves and Corcoran’s 1989 model (Goosen, 2000).
The conceptual model origin was with William Goosen himself. Goosen began to develop foundations of nursing informatics while he was a postgraduate nursing student in Tweedegraads Leraren Opleiding Verpleegkunde in late 1980s. Goossen earned his nursing diploma in 1978, and his interest in nursing informatics started in 1985 when he became a nursing tutor first at the Alexander Moormann Institute in Arnhem and later at Noordelijke Hogeschool Leeuwarden until the late 1990s from where he earned his PhD in medical sciences at the University of Groningen in 2000 (Wager, Lee, & Glaser, 2013). While working as a nursing tutor, Goosen encountered numerous issues such as lack of substantive and structured body of nursing informatics knowledge, and with this knowledge gap, he continued to advance the field of nursing informatics with the sole objective of improving the quality of nursing care. Currently, Goosen is a well renowned researcher and consultant in nursing informatics at Acquest research and development centre in the Netherlands and he is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the College of Nursing...