The future of healthcare is changing. To so this is a scary time because there is so much uncertainty in the future of healthcare and nursing This is especially the case in the United States were the Affordable Care Act and the HITECH Act are causing drastic change in the way healthcare facilities and providers are reimbursed for the care they provide and the requirements linked to documenting patient care.
Nursing is hard work and can sometimes be very draining both mentally and physically. It can be easy to just get into a rut and be a negative Nancy, but for the sake of your coworkers and your sanity it’s best if you do your best to stay positive. But you’ve also got to take care of yourself physically. This means using all those body mechanics you were taught in school and likely routinely receive in-services on. Oh, and if you can stay in good mental and physical health you can also find ways to start earning more cash doing what you love. Keep reading for some great articles on these topics from our friends at Scrubs Magazine.
Throughout my informatics, nursing and pre-nursing career I have worked with a variety of people. In this time, I have found that that working with different groups of people has allowed me the opportunity to experience different ideas about the way things should be done. Sometimes people can work well together when they differ in a opinion and sometimes not so much.
Healthcare is one of the most important sectors of our economy. In nearly all geographical regions, the healthcare industry employs more people than any other industry.
Likewise, when it comes to technology, the healthcare industry is at the head of the class. Medical technology helps in many different ways, from CAT scans, ultrasounds and MRIs that diagnose problems inside the body or monitor an infant before it is born, to the computers that keep our information and data organized.
It should be common sense, but there are entire research initiatives devoted to proving that have adequate nursing staff leads to improved patient outcome. This really transcends all types of nursing through various disciplines. But just so we can have a little more research and evidence to back it up, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) had a recent research initiative that proved that “Adequate and stable nurse staffing is key to improving care.”
Robert Rowley downloaded the CMS data on Meaningful Use and did an interesting analysis in his article about EHR vendor strength. I was intrigued, so I downloaded the same data, created a pivot table or two, and did my own analysis.
As the CEO of a growing EMR business, I was curious to see how we did. What I found was quite scary. 74% of the providers who attested for CMS funds using our system were NOT OUR CUSTOMERS. Attesting for Stage 1, in some cases, only requires the provider to show they signed an agreement with an EMR vendor to install their products. Yet, I did not expect the results to be this fraudulent.
Hi NerdyNurse Readers! Please allow me to introduce myself as Lance Baily, founder of the free simulation resource website HealthySimulation.com, and The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists non-profit organization at SimGHOSTS.Org. As you may know, healthcare simulation technology continues to grow into nursing schools and medical centers around the world. For these fully immersive scenarios, realistic full-bodied manikins are controlled behind a two-way mirrors which allow technicians to pre-program or change vital signs “on the fly”. Also behind this mirror is a clinical educator who speaks as the voice of the patient while learners begin to assess the scene and take actions. The entire event is usually being digitally recorded and displayed to another debrief room, which can also show performance analysis indicators. After the scenario concludes, the educator and learner return to the debrief and review the footage, discussing the event in a constructive non-personal way. As you can imagine, between manikin robots, camera hardware, endless microphones, analysis software, server storage racks, and miles of cable – the technology can become overwhelming quite quickly.
Nursing is a complex profession. It is a combination of knowledge and skill that come together to deliver patient care. Many nurses find that they can learn much of what they need in the classroom. However, there are many technical nursing skills that are best mastered with a “hands on” approach sometimes in the lab, but usually at the bedside.