Date of Graduation

Summer 8-11-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


School of Nursing and Health Professions




Healthcare Systems Leadership DNP

First Advisor

Lisa Cowan

Second Advisor

Brian M. Budds


Business Intelligence Competencies: Making Healthcare Data Come Alive While a wealth of healthcare related data exists, nurse leaders (NL) have yet to understand its implications and adopt analytical skills to lead in the transformation of care delivery. Information science is at a new frontier for nursing to embrace. It is critical for nursing leadership to advance and support business intelligence (BI) and interactive data visualization (IDV) skills across the organization and advocate for greater engagement of nurses in health system decision making. With these new tools and competencies, nursing and other health professions can innovate best practices, providing enhanced quality, safety, and value in healthcare. The aim of this Doctor of Nursing evidence-based project was to engage NL’s to improve and extend competencies in BI and IDV. A survey was administered to NL’s to assess their knowledge and use of these analytic tools and then guide a process for skill development via two workshops presenting an overview of BI and IDV to NL’s. The use of BI is still in its’ infancy, dashboards tools are beginning to be deployed across healthcare organization, however, data in real time is not readily available, nor is the ability to interact and conduct data discovery. The effectiveness of the education program was evaluated by the attendees’ willingness to participate in workshops covering the basic uses of BI and IDV and understanding of the opportunities to incorporate them into their current leadership role.