What Skills Do Nurses Need to Keep Up With Technology?

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What Skills Do Nurses Need to Keep Up With Technology?

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Technology has become an increasingly important part of healthcare. Nurses must know how to use technology in their nursing practice. They need to keep up with new technological methods and equipment. A Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) degree program can prepare nurses to incorporate technology into the delivery of patient care.

What Skills Do Nurses Need to Keep Up With Technology?
Since nurses are lifelong learners, they understand the need to stay informed. They can learn about new technology through reading nursing journals, attending conferences, participating in training exercises and enrolling in continuing education programs. Nurses should possess these attributes to successfully work with technology.
  • Analytical ability.
    Attention to detail.
    Computer literacy.
    Critical thinking.
    The ability to input and retrieve data.
    The ability to use and maintain equipment.
    Problem-solving.
How Can an RN to BSN Program Prepare Nurses to Use Technology?
In most RN to BSN programs, nurses learn to utilize data and explore the development of technology and information management systems. Most University prepare their students on this before graduation .Throughout the course, students examine sources of healthcare information and technological innovations. They look at the role technology plays in nursing and how it affects patient care.


Why Is Technology Important in Nursing?

Technology is transforming nursing.
Because of technology, nurses are able to spend more time with patients, reduce the number of errors, retrieve more information, research evidence-based practices, boost efficiency and improve safety.

What Are Some Kinds of Technology Used in Nursing?..
Electronic Health Records (EHR) - Charts with illegible handwriting are being replaced by EHR. Nurses can quickly access a patient's health history at the bedside or anywhere in their healthcare facility. The EHR also facilitates communication between healthcare team members, records diagnostic test results and sends alerts about possible prescription interactions.

Monitors - Monitoring systems are improving patient care. They can show the heart rate of baby in the uterus, display the electrical rhythm and pattern of a patient's heart, or measure blood pressure, pulse and respiration. Hospital beds have built-in systems that notify nurses about a patient's movements.

Drug Retrieval and Delivery Systems - Life-threatening mistakes are reduced with the implementation of barcoding and verification of medications and automated dispensing machines. Computerized devices control the dosage of medications while infusion delivery equipment makes it easier to slowly administer drugs.

Portable Defibrillator - Prior to the introduction of the portable defibrillator, manual cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was the technique used to save a patient experiencing heart failure. Now a portable defibrillator allows nurses to take immediate action to revive a patient.

What Current Technologies Are Healthcare Organizations Adopting?
The application of technology in healthcare continues to grow. Here are just a few significant breakthroughs:
Real-time locating systems: The system tags and tracks medical equipment so nurses know where to find what they're looking for.

Smart alarms: The technology combats alarm fatigue. The smart alarm monitors a variety of patient vital signs through one system by measuring physiological indicators. The integrated system replaces multiple equipment alarms.

Patient lifting technology: The mechanical device prevents nurses from harming themselves and cuts down on injuries to patients who have to be lifted.

Healthcare and technology are more intertwined than ever. Nursing school prepares students to provide patient care in a technological environment. Once students graduate, it is their responsibility to continue learning about cutting edge technology. The chances for positive patient outcomes are higher when nurses embrace technology and have the knowledge to properly employ it.
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The benefits of incorporating technology into nursing practice

Incorporating information and communication technologies (ICTs) into healthcare has many benefits – both for patients and nurses. Digital tools can be used to:
  • Support patient-centred care by empowering patients, giving greater access to health care, and increasing capacity to reach patients when and where they desire.
  • Provide quality care through enhanced patient monitoring and data that can inform personalised care pathways.
  • Expand the knowledge-base of both nurses and patients by making personal health-related information easily accessible.
  • Increase efficiency of care by removing the time needed to wade through paperwork.
  • Reduce errors due to having medication information at hand, streamlining handovers, and offering the ability to provide e-prescriptions.
The use of ICTs by nurses can impact their overall practice and the entire patient journey. Nurses can use the digital format to provide patients with basic care instructions. They can also provide options for changes to improve health without having the patient come into the office for an appointment. Through this type of care, patients gain control over their own health care.

Clearly, digital health isn’t going anywhere; it has too many opportunities to offer healthcare professionals, including nurses.
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How do you use informatics and technology in your nursing practice? How do you see that use changing in the future?.

How do you use informatics and technology in your nursing practice? How do you see that use changing in the future? What ethical issues have arisen or might arise from use of technology and informatics in professional nursing?

How do you use informatics and technology in your nursing practice? How do you see that use changing in the future?
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