Email 101

Email 101...

More and more we rely on digital media as opposed to print to organize and streamline our lives.  As the complexity of doing business increases, so does the medium of which we used to communicate.  I find it lately that I need to remind my colleagues on the appropriate use of...
The Nursing Process and Project Management

The Nursing Process and...

     Life is a series of projects.  Because all projects have a beginning and an eventual end, the process one undertakes through this cycle dictates it success or failure.  Interesting enough, a close look at the principles suggested in project management, one...
Google (Independent) Survey

Google (Independent) Su...

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CPOE as an Iceberg

CPOE as an Iceberg...

In the process of rolling out Computerized Provider order Entry (CPOE), our Chief information Officer (CIO) passed out the book "Our Iceberg is Melting" by John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber.  For this post, I decided to provide you my review and commentary as well as...
ISMP and CPOE

ISMP and CPOE...

At a recent blog post, I commented on my thoughts regarding ISMP and the use of their recommended standards.   I am now hoping I can get readers to weigh in on a situation I have at my organization.  We are preparing for CPOE and in the medication formulary build, the...
InterOpNurse Thoughts – Shared Staffing Model

InterOpNurse Thoughts &...

For every good Electronic Medical Record Implementation, a good plan must be in place to support the users and its varying degree of sophistication.  One strategy that has been proven as a model sought after was a Super User Model. Super Users are often healthcare providers who,...
InterOpNurse Thoughts – Medication Formulary Standards (ISMP)

InterOpNurse Thoughts &...

I was recently involved in a much heated debate over utilizing standards in the roll out of our Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) system.  This issue in particular had to do with following a "standard" for drug name nomenclature, such as those recommended by the...
HHS To Award $235M To Boost Local Models for EHR Adoption

HHS To Award $235M To B...

On Wednesday, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the launch of a $235 million initiativeto support community-based models for electronic health record adoption, Federal Computer Week reports (Lipowicz, Federal Computer Week, 12/2). Of the funds, HHS will award...
Ask the HIT Nurse

Ask the HIT Nurse...

I want to try a new column here.  This will be an evolution of a previous column, “InterOpNurse Thoughts” that started but never really took off.  I am calling my new column “Ask the HIT Nurse.”  This is for a lack of a better slogan for this column,...
InterOpNurse Thoughts:  Breaking the Rules

InterOpNurse Thoughts: ...

Its been a while since I posted under this category, but I find the times, very fitting for such a post.  My organization just went through a mini "go-live" of what I like to call enhancements.  In this process, it has been decided to go-live with a specialty unit that...
InterOpNurse Thoughts

InterOpNurse Thoughts...

Here I am at the gym. I just finished working out, trying to relieve some of the days stress. I just got into a situation, where in I am fixing a mess an employee of mine created for me. What it boiled down to, is the inability to communicate and pay attention to...

Technology Helps Nurses...

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