From Data, Information and Knowledge to Wisdom Essay

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From Data, Information and Knowledge to Wisdom The data-information-knowledge-wisdom (DIKW) continuum is a concept of the transformation of data into wisdom through cognitive processes. DIKW was initially used to illustrate principles of information management for the designing of information systems (Davenport & Pursak, 1989)(Saltworks, 2009). DIKW models utilized by nursing such as the model by Englebart & Nelson (2002), incorporate principles of increasing complexity due to increasing interactions What is important and unique to nursing is the DIKW concepts and models also help describe the critical thinking processes that nurses use to transform knowledge into the delivery of patient care, into education and learning and …show more content…
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One such action is Comparison i.e. How does this information compare to other known facts ? In this case the information found was about one type of SNL, but it known that there are about 13 different SNLs in existence. Another action is making Connections i.e. How does this information relate to other pertinent topics? In this situation another pertinent topic in NP practice is e-Prescribing. How does the use of an SNL relate to e-prescribing? Thus far the knowledge gleaned is not enough information has been found to answer the clinical question as written. Wisdom—Knowledge Applied in Meaningful Ways. Can informatics be used to gain wisdom? Interestingly the concept of wisdom has been eliminated from many DIKW models (DIK models) because according to Davenport and Prusak(1989) there is “enough difficulty distinguishing among the three related concepts of data, information and knowledge” and so “higher-order concepts such as wisdom and insight have been lumped into the category of knowledge”. There are differences in defining what wisdom is. According to Bernstien (2009) “wisdom means an ability to see the long-term consequences of any act”. Or wisdom is knowing when and how to apply knowledge to complex problems or needs (Englebart & Nelson, 2012). In this case Wisdom is knowing that

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