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
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 worker.
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
Develop a simple infographic to help explain these concepts.
NOTE: For guidance on infographics, including how to create one in PowerPoint, see “How to
Make an Infographic in PowerPoint” presented in the Resources.
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.
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