Ten years ago, the Institute of Medicine listed five core competencies required by health professionals: patient-centered care, ability to work in multidisciplinary teams, evidence-based practice, a focus on quality improvement, and the use of information technology.
Today, technological advances are integrating all of these competencies and creating new forms of care that includes wireless communication and patient monitoring, delivery robots, electronic medication administration, electronic clinical documentation, clinical decision support tools, and interactive patient systems – just to name a few.
Nurses who want to provide quality care need to stay current and comfortable with the technology that is available. Doing so can increase both their job satisfaction and income.
THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT
One of the fastest growing areas of nursing technology is the development of mobile applications available for smart phones and tablets. Today’s nurse has numerous options for apps that serve as clinical tools, reference, exam help, and library information. In fact, available apps include everything from Instant Heart Rate, which turns a smartphone into a heart rate monitor, to reference apps that provide detailed information on diseases, tests, drugs, lab values, skills and procedures, and the body. Hospitals and other Accountable Care Organizations are increasingly integrating mobile apps that provide secure communication between caregiver teams to enhance patient care and efficiency. But the advances don’t stop there; new clinical hardware is changing patient care, too.
As part of a patient care-team, many nurses are required to also learn how to work with advanced hardware including imaging, robotic, and bionic devices, telehealth equipment, and patient simulators. All of these developments, and those yet to come, are changing the competency requirements of nurses. As such, nurses must be prepared to work with increasing technological demands while remaining focused on providing safe, quality, patient-centered care. Technological aptitude has become a must for anyone entering the nursing profession.
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