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Jonathan B posted

Nursing informatics is a specialty that merges the knowledge of nursing, communications, computer science, and information technology. Informatics nurses analyze systems and merge then into a healthcare system (Staggers, 2002). In today’s worlds nurses relay heavily on technology to help them access critical data on patients and help create a plan of care and the direction they need to go in order to help a patient improve.

The material in this course has changed the way I practice. I constantly think of ways that can help nurse streamline the way we work.  Adapting technology to nursing to benefit the patients we care for and the workload of nurses. Recently I had an idea popup in my head because of what we have been learning in this course. I decided to try a test on the charting system I use in surgery. I was charting without any interruption, and I timed myself on how fast I could do it which ended up being twelve minutes. Later on that week, I tried the same test again but with a touchscreen computer and only used touchscreen to enter the information. Again, without any interruptions, I was able to complete the chart for surgery in 8 minutes.  Most of the time during the charting process there is interruptions but besides that finding that charting by using a touchscreen can speed up the process. This makes me think that wanting to adapt to a mobile device for charting is a possibility that could work well.

Learning about informatics will help influence my professional practice because understanding the need to blend technology with healthcare will help with patient care. It gives us a reason to why we perform the tasks we do. Knowing there is always the need to improve the tasks we do and using technology to help us. Many other industries are advancing at rapid paces and healthcare need to be one of them. The demand on healthcare workers is extremely high and using the right technology will help take the load off and ease the process. Informatics is a specialty that will grow as the future of healthcare moves forward. Informatics take can take time wasted into time earned due to enabling nurse and other healthcare provider to focus more on the patient rather than trying to manage a computer of the technology that goes with it.

 

Staggers, N. &. (2002). The evolution of definitions for nursing informatics: a critical analysis and revised definition. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA, 9(3), 255-261. doi:10.1197/jamia.m0946

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 Christina R posted

The material in this course has helped me to understand informatics in a new light and changed my professional practice in a way that I understand the process of integrating new processes into organizations for advancing technology in the workplace. Being technologically challenged, meaning I have difficulty enjoying learning about technological topics, this class has helped me by breaking down the information in an easy-to-understand manner. Informatics using electronic health records allows healthcare professionals maintain large quantities of patient data securely, stay up to date on standards of care to deliver quality care to patients and follow evidence-based practice. The purpose of nursing informatics is to make healthcare easier, aid in overall patient care, and ultimately improve the lives of everyone in the community by lowering the cost of healthcare. (School of Nursing University of Michigan, 2020).

My first job as an LPN in a long-term care facility in Arizona (in 2015) we used paper charting and paper medication administration records. I enjoyed that aspect of the job because I do not enjoy using a computer for every aspect of nursing. Now I better understand why electronic health records have been federally mandated. The main goal of implementing technologies such as EHRSs is to improve the quality and safety of patient care through benefits such as: improving the accuracy and completeness of patient health information; increasing the speed at which care is provided; enhancing the coordination of care; and increasing transparency of health information for patients and their families. (Hebda et. al., 2019).

Informatics also allows healthcare providers to communicate more effectively between organizations to improve healthcare delivery across national and international lines. The NACNEP recommended to prepare nurses to adopt intelligent and quality-based information technology use in patient care by implementing five strategies: providing core informatics courses to nursing schools, educating nurses specialized in informatics skills who are able to solve related issues, offering more powerful nursing care through the implication of telecommunication projects, preparing more nursing faculties in the informatics field to facilitate students skills enhancement and enhancing collaboration to advance informatics. (Darvish et. al., 2014).

 

References

Darvish, A., Bahramnezhad, F., Keyhanian, S., & Navidhamidi, M. (2014). The role of nursing informatics on promoting quality of health care and the need for appropriate education. Global journal of health science, 6(6), 11–18. https://doi.org/10.5539/gjhs.v6n6p11.

Hebda, T., Hunter, K., & Czar, P. (2019). Handbook of Informatics for Nurses and healthcare professionals (6th ed.). Pearson.

School of Nursing University of Michigan. (2020, August 6). How nursing informatics can improve healthcare. Online MSN Programs. Retrieved from https://online.nursing.umich.edu/blog/how-nursing-informatics-can-improve-healthcare/

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