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RE: Discussion – Week 3
The healthcare organization I work for is one of the largest post-acute care providers of 400 facilities in 26 states. Nursing informatics is a specialty that integrates nursing science with large amounts of information and analytical sciences to help identify, define, manage and communicate data combined with knowledge and wisdom in nursing practice (Sipes, 2016). Utilizing technology to its fullest potential can help improve efficiency in nursing. The con to increasing technology is the change it caused in the nursing culture. For example, being present is an interpersonal skill characterized by sensitivity, holism, intimacy, vulnerability, and adaptation to external circumstances (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2021). In my opinion, the increase in technology has decreased nurses’ ability to be present for their patients.
The reality of nursing today is that nurses are overworked and required to multi-task when providing patient care. Technology can assist with this but also remove focus from the face-to-face care given prior to computers. One strategy that can help improve nurse-patient interaction is putting the computers aside when first visiting a patient. Introduce yourself and talk to a patient without typing on a device. Make eye contact and sit at eye level to make conversations personable. Though this may take an extra 5 minutes of your time, I feel it will make a big difference in how the patient feels about the interaction.
The evolution of nursing informatics will provide increased data for education and evidence-based practices. Technology will also help increase patients’ convenience and ability to see providers by telemed appointments. For example, online mental health services have become more common and are helping to fill the service gap for patients who cannot transport or find time for their appointments. A 2018 survey stated that 95% of adults have cell phones in the US, and 77% of these are smartphone devices (Ng & Frith, 2018). With most Americans owning a device that can connect them to data and services from home, it gives a better ability to improve patient care.
McGonigle, D., & Mastrian, K. (2021). Nursing Informatics and the Foundation of Knowledge (5th Edition). Jones & Bartlett Learning. https://mbsdirect.vitalsource.com/books/9781284234701
Ng, Y. , Alexander, S. & Frith, K. (2018). Integration of Mobile Health Applications in Health Information Technology Initiatives. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 36 (5), 209-213. doi: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000445.
Sipes, C. (2016). Project Management: Essential Skill of Nurse Informaticists. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 225, 252–256.
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