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TECHNOLOGY, INNOVATIONS AND INFORMATICS: EQUIPPING NURSES FOR EFFICIENCY

This is our unit’s entry to the call for poster and oral presentation, in line with the Nurses’ Day celebrations this coming May. I finalized these the other night and made it to the deadline yesterday noon. Whew! Talk about cramming…

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TECHNOLOGY, INNOVATIONS AND INFORMATICS: EQUIPPING NURSES FOR EFFICIENCY

It is a reality. Healthcare is being transformed in ways few of us could have even imagined 10 years ago. With the recent technological advances, nursing care, nursing responsibilities, and opportunities for advocacy are also changing.

Changing societal demographics, increasing complexity in healthcare knowledge, and increasing staff shortages have led healthcare strategists to call for a redesign of the healthcare system. Embedded within most redesign recommendations is the increased use of technology to make nursing practice more efficient.

The use of modern technology in nursing, is revolutionizing the way nurses interact with patients, deliver care and communicate with colleagues. Equipment such as computer terminals on hospital units,  computer tablets and advanced patient monitoring devices are as necessary as stethoscopes for health-care providers to do their jobs nowadays. Advanced technology, innovations and informatics is an integrated and essential part of health-care practice.

Technology is considered key to addressing challenges to the health-care system. However, there are still some factors that need to be considered for technology to work. And these factors lie in the hands of the health care practitioners including nurses.

Adopting clinical technology requires a new skill set for nurses and nurse leaders. That is why starting the use of high-tech pieces of equipment should start with training and making sure that the nurses have the appropriate knowledge base of what they are using.

So as health care organizations adopt modern technology to improve quality and patient safety, reduce errors, increase efficiency, decrease time-consuming and redundant paperwork, and enhance communication, they’re finding that modern technology can significantly impact nursing workflow.

Technological innovation has swept the globe, and nurses have accepted the challenge this evolution brings. Today, nurses work in a variety of services where they are able to make use of modern technology to provide quality and better care for their patients. These same technological advances require nurses to demonstrate knowledge and understanding that ensure the benefits of technology do not become a detriment to patient care.

These modern times are exciting times for nursing. Now nurses can provide computerized care at bedside, at the point-of-care.

It should be remembered though, that although technology is taking over many nursing functions, the presence of a nurse can never be replaced. Whatever the shape of things to come in the future, the nurses will always be there at the bedside providing the therapeutic touch that only humans can give.

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15 Responses to “TECHNOLOGY, INNOVATIONS AND INFORMATICS: EQUIPPING NURSES FOR EFFICIENCY”


  1. April 2, 2011 at 7:56 am

    A beautifully written presentation, Nelson. I learned alot about what to expect as a patient in the future.

    However… I’ll never forget having surgery back in the 90’s when there wasn’t much technology in the medical field. When I fell asleep a nurse was holding my hand. When I woke up, she was still there.

    I like a mix of efficiency and technology with a nurse who’s warm and wonderful. 🙂

    Great post! Thanks…

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  2. 2 Mario
    April 11, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    very well written!

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  3. 3 nelson RN
    April 14, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Thanks LINDA for that insightful comment!

    Thanks too MARIO!

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  4. 4 michelle
    May 14, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Congrats on winning the Poster presentation, and a great oral presentation.

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  5. June 6, 2011 at 2:41 am

    i guess, regardless of ultra-modern technology, the key to make healthcare works 100% still lies in people such as yourself, this presentation is very informative!

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  6. June 19, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Nakakatuwa naman,. I was wondering about our lesson yesterday about computerized patient database, and the innovations being used today to replace old machineries and practices. But I guess incorporating technology poses a higher degree of accountability, because once you press that button, you can never take it back. The good thing about it: no room for mistakes. 🙂

    I definitely agree with you, I can never imagine a health care facility where bedside nurses are emotionless robots and machines.

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    • 9 nelson RN
      June 20, 2011 at 5:27 am

      And so we can definitely say that robots can never replace humans, because we’ll never need a robotic nurse who has no heart.

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  7. June 19, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Nothing compares to the human therapeutic touch talaga! 🙂

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  8. June 25, 2011 at 9:08 am

    well prepared kang talaga sa event na to…at nag bunga naman ng maganda.

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  9. June 26, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    korek! kaya the best talaga ang mga nurses na katulad mo 🙂

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  10. June 27, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    like ko yung last part..tammmaaaaaa!!!!!

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