How do Nurses Use Technology?

Nurses care for patients, but in most settings they are also required to use updated technology that helps doctors and hospitals provide their patients with a high quality of care. If you are a nurturing and compassionate person by heart, it is understandable why you would see nursing as your calling in life. While these skills are still important when you are delivering routine acute care, nursing care has changed and become much more high tech. The high tech advances have helped improve the field, but have also changed nearly every aspect of the discipline. If you would like to prep yourself for the technologies you will be expected to be familiar with, read on and find out some of the applications that you will use each day that you report to work.

Electronic Medical Records Systems

The government has changed the way that all healthcare facilities are to record and store medical records by mandating that all participants in the industry shift to Electronic Medical Records. While the deadline is in 2015, some will take time to transition and will be penalized for failing to complete the shift in time. Because digital storage is the new standard for patient records, all nursing professionals must be trained to use EMR’s and update them. You will have instant access to a patient’s history, and when given authorization, you can update the records each time you administer medications, change dressings or need to add treatment comments for another member of the team.

Clinical Resources Via Mobile Computing Devices

nurse technologyGone are the days where you were limited in where you could access information. Now, with tablets, smartphones, notebook computers and laptops, it is possible to access information via the facility’s intranet while you are in a patient’s room. If the facility has a database that describes the guidelines for treatment or another tool that could be helpful to you, you need to know how to access the research via a handheld mobile device issued to you by your employer.

New Medical Monitors and Devices

In order to provide the best care possible to patients, your department will be equipped with an arsenal of different medical devices and machines that you must be prepared to monitor and use. A fetal monitor can help detect a heartbeat in the uterus, heart monitors measure heart rhythms, ventilators help with breathing and have their own special brains built-in. Knowing how to operate the routine equipment and the life-saving devices is critical for nurses who work with patients no matter what setting they are in. This is why you will receive detailed training on the use of medical equipment during your clinical training courses.

There is no denying just how advantageous it can be to have access to technology when you work in healthcare settings. No matter how helpful new technologies can be, the fact that registered nursing professionals have to learn IT in addition to everything else can feel like a huge burden. It is important for modern nursing students to realize the benefits of technologies in the industry and how these applications have extended life expectancy. With computing devices and software systems you can access information quickly and communicate with staff and physicians easier. While it can be burdensome to nurses, you will need to keep up with advances to survive when new technology is released.