Application: Using the Data/Information/Knowledge/Wisdom Continuum


To prepare:
Review the information in Figure 6-2 in Nursing Informatics and the Foundation of Knowledge.
Develop a clinical question related to your area of practice that you would like to explore.
Consider what you currently know about this topic. What additional information would you need to answer the question?
Using the continuum of data, information, knowledge, and wisdom, determine how you would go about researching your question.
Explore the available databases in the Walden Library. Identify which of these databases you would use to find the information or data you need.
Once you have identified useful databases, how would you go about finding the most relevant articles and information?
Consider how you would extract the relevant information from the articles.
How would you take the information and organize it in a way that was useful? How could you take the step from simply having useful knowledge to gaining wisdom?
To complete:
Write a 3 page paper that addresses the following:
Summarize the question you developed, and then relate how you would work through the four steps of the data, information, knowledge, wisdom continuum. Be specific.
Identify the databases and search words you would use.
Relate how you would take the information gleaned and turn it into useable knowledge.
Can informatics be used to gain wisdom? Describe how you would progress from simply having useful knowledge to the wisdom to make decisions about the information you have found during your database search.


Nursing informatics is a science and practice which focuses in management of information and communication of data in the nursing profession (Androwich, 2013). Nursing informatics aims at improving information management and communication thereby, reducing costs, improving efficiency, and improving health care provision services. According to the American Nurses Association, nursing informatics is an area of expertise that brings together information science and computer science in efforts to handle and communicate data, information, and knowledge in the nursing profession (Ball, 2011). Nursing informatics defines ways on how to make simpler and enhancing health documentation by using enhanced computer and information technology. The main components of nursing informatics are data, information, knowledge, and wisdom, DIKW, and these forms the basis for the nursing community.