Complexity Science And Nursing Adaptation Of Electronic Clinical Documentation

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COMPLEXITY SCIENCE AND NURSING ADAPTATION OF ELECTRONIC CLINICAL DOCUMENTATION The Complexity science is the study of non-linear, dynamic systems and the process of self-organization (Patel, Sundt, & Varkey, 2008). It incorporates elements of multiple disciplines and it is helpful in understanding the complexity of nursing adaptation to electronic documentation. The basic tenet for this is that “the whole is more than the sum of its parts” (Buckner, 2014). The complexity science provide a framework to understand the turbulence associated with transforming nursing practice with nursing electronic documentation (Davidson, 2011, P. 310). The adaptation to electronic documentation seen as a complex adaptive system we expect nurses to interact with computer systems used for the documentation, their patients (that they are documenting on), physicians, and other healthcare professionals as they transition and learn the new system. According to Davidson (2011, P. 311), the implementation and support of the new electronic documentation occurs in what complexity theorists call the phase space where there is tension between order and disorder. The implementation might enable nurses to transform the nursing practice and standardize the nursing care process or might lead to nurses quitting their jobs due to inability to cope, become antagonistic, and self-disorganize that will lead to abandonment of the electronic documentation system. The Swinderman Conceptual Model (SCM) provides
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