Technological Advances That Will Make You a Better Nurse

by Howard Gerber on October 5, 2017

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nursing technologySome aspects of nursing will always remain the same. Providing compassionate care and maintaining good communications with patients is always a must for nurses. The foundations of good nursing care will also be important, but technological advances also change the way nurses do their jobs. Nursing technology continues to evolve and transforms the way nurses do their job.

Electronic Medical Records

Electronic medical records have changed the way healthcare operates. Electronic healthcare records allow you to have instant access to your patient’s medical history including physical exams, diagnostic test results, and consultations. Real-time charting also lets you have information from multiple healthcare providers 24 hours a day, which helps better coordinate care.

Smart Beds

Patients spend a majority of their time in their hospital bed. New advances in hospital beds have made them safer for patients and improved patient care. Some beds don’t just detect when a patient gets out of bed, but they also detect movements patterns, which helps alert nurses and prevent patient falls. Smart beds also help nurses obtain information, such as head elevation, weight, and temperature without the patient having to move.

Lifting Devices

Lifting and depositing patients is often part of the job. If it is done incorrectly, it can lead to injury. Patient lifting devices, such as hoist slings, power lifts, and stand-up patient lifts have made lifting patients easier and safer.

Portable IT Devices

In the past, nurses spend part of their workday walking back and forth to the nursing station and patient’s rooms to chart, order labs, and communicate with other healthcare providers. Portable IT devices have changed the amount of time nurses spent running back and forth. Nurses can chart and review patient information right at the bedside.

Patient and Staff Scanning Identifications Systems

More hospitals are implementing patient and staff scanning systems. By scanning a barcode on your badge, scanning a patient’s wristband and then scanning the barcode on medications, it decreases the chances of medication errors. It also accurately tracks the time medications are administered and prevents patient mix-ups.

Hands-Free Communication Devices

As a nurse, you know there are many times you don’t have a free hand. You might be busy starting an IV or dressing a wound. Hands-free communications devices, such as Call Badge, provide a way for nurses to communicate without having to grab a phone or stop what they are doing.

Remote Patient Monitoring Systems

Remote monitoring systems are becoming more common in medical centers across the country. Using webcams in the patient’s rooms, physicians can view monitoring equipment and assess a patient’s condition. Technology has evolved to the point cameras can pick up everything from ventilator settings to vital signs on bedside monitors. Instead of waiting for a physician to show up to assess their patients, nurses can get a consultation with a doctor within seconds even if they are miles away.

Technology continues to change the way nurses do their job. Which technological advances have improved patient care? Share with us in the comments section below.

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