The intent of EBP is to improve the quality of the care that is delivered to the client. This increased knowledge, whether it is correct or incorrect, is a motivating factor for nursing professionals to have current and correct information available when working with clients in making healthcare decisions. Healthcare professionals, especially nurses, are the touch point of health care and are the key to cost effective quality care. To ensure that decisions are based on sound information nurses must utilize EBR. As technology and research in health care expands, EBP is becoming essential in delivering high quality patient care.
Abstract Nursing informatics is an essential field in the nursing industry that deals with improvement of the processes of handling and managing health data and information with a view to increasing efficiency and objectivity in nursing care. Nursing informatics is a dynamic field and it comprises such disciplines such as computer science, information technology and nursing science. The specific aims of nursing informatics are to streamline skills in nursing practice and to minimize costs in nursing activities. Goossen’s nursing informatics framework model is a key focus as it has been in use for a long time and its high compatibility, efficacy and applicability have been evident. The framework consists of six elements namely: data; information; knowledge; decision; action; and evaluation.
The nurse should reflect a high degree of professionalism to patients, the public, and other professionals. Teamwork is a major characteristic of professional nursing. Many times nurses will need assistance helping their patients, and people will be more apt to lend a helping hand if you yourself go out of your way to help others. This not only helps your coworkers but in the long run provides faster more efficient care for the patients. Teamwork may be one of the most important professional characteristics in healthcare.
Without technology, most nurses would probably still use leeches to help cure sicknesses instead of a simple medication pill. Nursing will always be the field where technology has a big impact on the way nurses do their jobs. The Institute of Medicine identified technology as a viable method of enhancing patient care delivery and improving staff productivity. These advancements in technology nowadays are being presented in our society for it brings a flame of hope to make our lives easier. The Nurses’ main niche is to provide care and emotional support to the patients.
Workflow analysis: Administering Medication Using Bar Code Medication Administration Workflow Analysis for Medication Administration Using Bar Code Medication Administration As health care organizations adopt information technology to improve quality and patient safety, reduce errors, increase efficiency, decrease time-consuming and redundant paperwork, and enhance communication, they are finding that information technology (IT) can significantly impact nursing workflow. To ensure the adoption is successful, organizations need to thoroughly assess the impact of the technology on nursing workflow and involve nurses in the selection and implementation process. Conducting a comprehensive workflow analysis is a critical step in health IT implementation. Workflow analysis allows health centers to critically look at how work is currently being done in the organization. This paper analyzed the effectiveness of one innovative information technology, the Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA) system.
Implementing electronic medical records shows the commitment level of providers to an effective partnership with other health care providers which is instrumental in the coordination of care. Health care organizations must view electronic medical records “as the hub of the organization’s clinical information and as a tool in improving patient care quality, safety, and efficiency” (Wager, Lee, Glaser, & Burns, 2009, p.___). Depending on the type of functionality, electronic medical records can be quite useful in reporting health information data to various agencies. I will examine many beneficial features available in the practice management software of electronic medical records that will prove valuable for health care professionals. FEATURES FOR NURSES Time-saving feature(s) In an age of nursing staffing shortages, efficiency is a key component that expanded for the sake of the patient.
Many of the patients that were receiving treatment at MHC were doing so as an outpatient; which meant beds were going unused. The hospital was consistently losing money, as it was a competitive market. However, by acquiring the new technology and then turning around and selling it to other health care providers, it would really help the institution financially. MHC Primary Business Structure MHC’s primary business structure falls into the division of labor alignment. The division of labor structure demonstrates how the work is divided and organized within the organization.
The goal of continuously educating staff in the importance of nursing-sensitive indicators hopefully leads to improved care and a reduction in negative outcomes. Nursing-sensitive indicators include anything relating to the quality of nursing care (Sauls, 2013). This includes a wide range of topics from the incidence of pressure ulcers to patient satisfaction scores. In the case study provided, a better understanding of several nursing-sensitive indicators would help reduce interference with patient care. Some of the basics include, use of restraints, respect for culture and patient wishes, and transparency between the medical staff and the patient/family unit.
I will also discuss how open communication among the high performance team, and healthcare organization can reduce risks of errors. A high-performance team are constructed of members who exhibit the characteristics needed for proper analysis and constructive teamwork. All team members must display competence, efficiency, knowledge, and education on the matter at hand. This is of vital importance because the slightest misjudgment could lead to inaccurate analysis. The team constructed for this incident will consist of the Head Registered Nurse, Department Head of Orthopedics, and an administrative assistant.
Ways to increase compliance in the elderly. Increasing compliance in the elderly deems a decrease in the amount of hospitalizations and emergent care for these patients. Most elderly patients are diagnosed with multiple medical conditions which require multiple medications (Brandt, Hanna, & Walters, 2013). All these medications cost money as well as a tremendous responsibility to the patient. Money can become a big issue with compliance, but money is not the only reason why elderly are non-compliant with their medications.