Assignment: The Nurse Leaders as Knowledge Worker
Assignment: The Nurse Leader as Knowledge Worker
The term “knowledge worker” was first coined by management consultant and author Peter Drucker in
his book, The Landmarks of Tomorrow (1959). Drucker defined knowledge workers as high-level
workers who apply theoretical and analytical knowledge, acquired through formal training, to develop
products and services. Does this sound familiar?
Nurses are very much knowledge workers. What has changed since Drucker’s time are the ways that
knowledge can be acquired. The volume of data that can now be generated and the tools used to access
this data have evolved significantly in recent years and helped healthcare professionals (among many
others) to assume the role of knowledge worker in new and powerful ways.
In this Assignment, you will consider the evolving role of the nurse leader and how this evolution has led
nurse leaders to assume the role of knowledge worker. You will prepare a PowerPoint presentation with
an infographic (graphic that visually represents information, data, or knowledge. Infographics are
intended to present information quickly and clearly.) to educate others on the role of nurse as knowledge
Reference: Drucker, P. (1959). The landmarks of tomorrow. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.
Review the concepts of informatics as presented in the Resources.
Reflect on the role of a nurse leader as a knowledge worker.
Consider how knowledge may be informed by data that is collected/accessed.
Explain the concept of a knowledge worker.
Define and explain nursing informatics and highlight the role of a nurse leader as a knowledge
Include one slide that visually represents the role of a nurse leader as knowledge worker.
Your PowerPoint should Include the hypothetical scenario you originally shared in the Discussion
Forum. Include your examination of the data that you could use, how the data might be
accessed/collected, and what knowledge might be derived from that data. Be sure to incorporate
feedback received from your colleagues’ responses.
By Day 7 of Week 2
Submit your completed Presentation.
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McGonigle, D., & Mastrian, K. G. (2017). Nursing informatics and the foundation of knowledge (4th ed.).
Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
Chapter 1, “Nursing Science and the Foundation of Knowledge” (pp. 7–19)
Chapter 2, “Introduction to Information, Information Science, and Information Systems” (pp.
Chapter 3, “Computer Science and the Foundation of Knowledge Model” (pp. 35–62)
Nagle, L., Sermeus, W., & Junger, A. (2017). Evolving Role of the Nursing Infomatics Specialist. In J.
Murphy, W. Goosen, & P. Weber (Eds.), Forecasting Competencies for Nurses in the Future of
Connected Health (212-221). Clifton, VA: IMIA and IOS Press. Retrieved from
Sweeney, J. (2017). Healthcare informatics. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics, 21(1).
Laureate Education (Producer). (2018). Health Informatics and Population Health: Trends in Population
Health [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.
Credit: Provided courtesy of the Laureate International Network of Universities.
Public Health Informatics Institute. (2017). Public Health Informatics: "translating" knowledge for health
[Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLUygA8Hpfo
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