According to The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language similarity is the (a) equivalence, (b) resemblance and (c) corresponding features or characteristics (2009). There are various ways of defining similarity the most common term shared is comparison. Accuracy and consistency are essential when providing patient care and it should be displayed within nursing practice, communication, and documentation. Institute of Medicine reports that there are over 98,000 deaths caused by preventable errors (1999). The purpose of this paper is to respond to a peer reviewed concept analysis article, describing the method of analysis, the steps of the process, results for each step and to apply the concept to a practice situation.
The Electronic Health Record (EHR) improves the exchange of patient data, accuracy, and quality of patient care. Poor communication and technology can impede a positive outcome for the patient. A core competence of nursing is documentation of patient's response to nursing interventions and effectively communicating the care given. In the article Concept Analysis of Similarity Applied to Nursing Diagnoses: Implications for Educators the author uses the Walker and Avant concept analysis of similarity. In nursing, concept analysis clarifies unclear concepts and gives a mean to common understanding within nursing practice. The purpose of a concept analysis is to describe the concept well enough so that defining characteristics can be determined and used to distinguish likeness or unlikeness between concepts (Walker & Avant, 2005, p. 64).
[...] There are various ways of defining similarity the most common term shared is comparison. Accuracy and consistency are essential when providing patient care and it should be displayed within nursing practice, communication, and documentation. Institute of Medicine reports that there are over 98,000 deaths caused by preventable errors (1999). The purpose of this paper is to respond to a peer reviewed concept analysis article, describing the method of analysis, the steps of the process, results for each step and to apply the concept to a practice situation. [...]
[...] Therefore, it is important to understand nurse's focal orientation educators have to allow nurses to elaborate on the key aspects of clinical events that learners deem most important. Accuracy in the selection of concepts requires identification of patterns, and relationships. The difference in nurse's attention will lead to varied results (Falan p. 153) References McEwen, M., & Willis, E., (2011).Theoretical Basis for Nurses (3rd ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams Walker, L. O., & Avant, K (2005). Strategies for Theory Construction in Nursing (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall. [...]
[...] Aims Second, the direction of the concept analysis was to clarify the definition of similarity and take into considerations for measuring the concept. In healthcare interpretation of information has to be accurate. Consistency can be accomplished by understanding similarity and how it is expressed by the clinician not only in the realm of nursing terminology but also throughout all the phases of the nursing process. This can be done by investigating and reviewing the factors that influence nurses, when certain concepts are chosen over others and how prior knowledge and experience influence and record and track the desired consistency (Falan p. [...]
[...] Three different approaches were described by the two; concept analysis, concepts synthesis, and concept derivation (McEwen & Willis p.54). Methodology Concept analysis clarifies meaning of terms and defines concepts so that the audience and the writer share a common language. This method requires an eight step approach. The article analyzes similarity using Walker and Avant methodology giving a brief introduction about how information of the similarity sources were obtained, describing the aims and perspectives of similarity from a variety of domains. [...]
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