My Core Practicum Area Of Interest

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Public health informatics helps in providing valuable medical and public health information to lay people and health professionals on subjects such as prevention and health promotion (Stamler & Yiu, 2012, p. 175). Community Health Nurses (CHNs) are uniquely positioned to assist clients who have searched online while trying to make sense of their health concerns. In order to do so, CHNs must adhere to certain Standards of Practice. According to the Canadian Community Health Nursing Standards of Practice (CHNAC 2008), the use of “nursing informatics (information and communication technology) to generate, manage and process relevant data to support nursing practice” is a necessary component for CHNs to provide their clients with accurate and…show more content…
The Suitability Assessment of Materials (SAM) tool will assist in evaluating the content, literacy demands, graphic design, layout and type, learning simulation and motivation, and cultural appropriateness of the chosen health education link, while a review of its HONcode certification will provide information on the reliability and ethical framework behind the online resource, using the eight principles that govern its mission. The Am I PLEASED mnemonic will help further evaluate the web site. A critique of these three tools, followed by the selection of a tool preference to use in my field of practice will conclude this assignment. Web Site Assessment Using the SAM Literacy Tool “Cancer.Net (www.cancer.net) - brings the expertise and resources of ASCO to people living with cancer and those who care for and care for them (Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 2013)”. The mission of this web site is clear – provide timely and accurate health information to patients, families, and their health providers. Is this reflected when using the SAM Literacy Tool? The purpose of the site is clear. It provides a wealth of information on late effects of childhood cancer, and how best to manage and follow-up on them. Content links are complementary and educative, while the information is well summarized and reviewed throughout. The literacy demand on readers is appropriate for both laypeople and
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