By InterOpNurse guest contributor: Heather Johnson
Conservative estimates figure that by the year 2012 there will be a need for one million new nurses. Simply put: this is not going to happen. There aren’t nearly this many nurses in education programs to make this a realistic goal. In order to make this problem less drastic there is a need for better technology to be integrated into the healthcare field to assist nurses in their everyday tasks. Here are some areas that can and should be upgraded to make the nurse’s job easier:
Better record keeping is a must. In an industry where technological advancements have led to amazing medical breakthroughs it’s laughable that nurses still use a paper-based system of updating patient’s records. The urge to digitize patient records has never been truly addressed. If record keeping was computerized properly it would allow for more access across a greater cross section of hospital personnel as well.
Technology breeds efficiency. When nurses are availed the opportunity to use IT systems they can then spend more time with patients. If record keeping is done electronically it limits the possibility of human error. The more time a nurse can, in turn, spend with their patients the more confident they’ll be with the level of support they’re providing.
Administration will be held to a higher standard. A big concern in malpractice cases deals with administrative issues. Digital record keeping at the various points of care would aide nurses and other practitioners as far as being sure the proper medication and procedures are being delivered to the proper patient in the proper manner.
Continue learning online. Online course work now allows aspiring or established nurses to learn in the manner that best fits their learning style. This new trend in education to offer classes online now makes it easier for people to switch careers at an age they originally would have stayed put. This has opened up the nursing profession to more people. Nurses can also take classes online to improve their knowledge base and improve their skills. This can help nurses become more attractive if they are pursuing career advancement too.
Share information more effectively. Using IT systems allows for information to be dispersed to everyone in a given facility that should have access to patient files. A wide range of caregivers will be able to instantly view the necessary information for a patient without having to go through file cabinets each time they want to find the proper information they need.
Heather Johnson is a freelance writer as well as a regular contributor for RNCentral.com, a website which specializes in providing information about online CNA classes. Heather invites your questions, writing job inquiries and any other comments at her email