Healthcare is a profession that has long been on the rise due to the demand for expert health professionals. Qualified nurses, in particular, are treasured by institutes and patients alike. However, despite the need for an expert opinion, healthcare has long since moved from being a manually operated profession alone. Just like every other profession, healthcare is also making way for the one thing that has eased a million tasks worldwide - technology! Technology has always been a part of … [Read more...] about What is Nursing Informatics?
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of 3M for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. A few months ago, I wrote about a post titled "What is Visual Privacy and How to Avoid Visual Hacking." My goal was to define both visual privacy and visual hacking and offer solutions to protect sensitive data. I highlighted 3M™ Privacy Filters and how they can protect data both at home and on the job. This post is a followup to continue to dive into the issue of visual hacking, and how my 3M™ … [Read more...] about The Growing Concern of Visual Privacy
Anybody who has worked in the medical field has encountered tricky situations when complying with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act guidelines. HIPAA policies are vast in complexity, and they keep changing thanks to the updated Omnibus Rule, which was issued in 2013. The maximum HIPAA fines have also increased to $50,000 per violation, capping at $1.5 million. This means abiding by the updated policies is more crucial than ever. To protect patients and hospitals alike, … [Read more...] about 8 Common HIPAA Violations You Must Avoid
This post is brought to you by 3M Company. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Nerdy Nurse. As a healthcare professional I am keenly aware of how important it is to keep protected health information (PHI) away from prying eyes. The Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) dictates strict laws and fines associated with breaches of this protected data. In addition, as a nurse I care for patients that are in their most vulnerable state. It is my … [Read more...] about What is Visual Privacy and How to Avoid Visual Hacking
Healthcare providers in a variety of settings are challenged with balancing providing patient care and maintaining the knowledge needed to interpret data. Technologies are evolving and many new systems are finding their way into the hospital. The field of cardiology offers some of the most interesting and intimidating technologies. The cardiac pacemaker is a complex piece of technology that many patients rely on every day. These patients can be encountered in any healthcare setting, but are … [Read more...] about Learn Cardiac Pacemaker Concepts with the Pacemaker Power App
As a self-proclaimed nerd and an experienced clinical informatics nurse, I’m the first to advocate for the use of technology in the healthcare setting. However, I can admit that being passionate about technology can sometimes make it difficult to see the forest for the trees. So let’s examine whether technology actually improves the care provided by both doctors and nurses and determine whether health informatics is a sound career choice. Let's start by looking at what is nursing informatics. … [Read more...] about Health Informatics: Is Technology Improving Healthcare?
There are many challenges and difficulties associated with nursing school. One of the most annoying things I remember about my nursing education was the 100 pounds of books. I had to lug that enormous piles of non-fiction back and forth to class, clinicals, my car, my home, and anywhere else I might need to have access to them. It was a literal pain in the neck. I saw nursing students get so creative when it came to carrying their books. I saw them using rolling carts, rolling luggage, and one … [Read more...] about 6 Essential Smartphone Resources for Nursing Students
Customer relationships management (CRM) tools are used in many business settings to keep track of important client information. Healthcare facilities typically keep track of patient-centric information in EMR or EHR systems. This is an appropriate place for medical information about the patient, but how do healthcare organizations keep track of other information about patients? How do they access healthcare information from other organizations? What tools are used to provide more personalized … [Read more...] about Can CRMS in Healthcare Improve Collaboration Across the Continuum of Care?
This post has been made possible by a partnership with NurseGrid. It seems like everything in healthcare has been improved by technology. Unfortunately, a few key processes are still stuck in the past. Nurse schedules are still primarily managed on pen and paper. Hospitals require all patient information be documented in an electronic health record (EHR), but for some reason making sure that there are nurses scheduled to care for those patients is a matter that hasn’t, for the most part, … [Read more...] about Nurses: Manage Your Schedule on Your Smartphone with NurseGrid
Guest Blogger: Jerome Stone Isn’t Nursing Stressful Enough? You’re a nurse, and your job is to take care of people, right? So, why does it seem that sometimes you have to spend as much time taking care of your “technological solutions” and EMRs as you do taking care of your patients? As if you don’t have enough stress in your work, do you also need stress over the high-tech of high-touch? Nursing is stressful, that’s agree-upon. In fact, worldwide the main challenge that nurses face is … [Read more...] about Stress and Technology for Nurses: How to Take Your Computer Less Seriously
Do you work at a hospital or physician’s office that is part of a clinical integration network? Do you know what a clinical integration network is? There are many definitions, but one of the best comes from the American Hospital Association: “In essence, clinical integration involves providers working together in an interdependent fashion so that they can pool infrastructure and resources, and develop, implement and monitor protocols, “best practices,” and various other organized … [Read more...] about Let’s Talk About Clinical Integration
Guest Blogger: Attorney Mary Beth Gettins Hospitals do a good job of educating on HIPAA policies, but there isn't enough focus on guidelines around HIPAA for nurses. With the focus on privacy and security, we have all heard a lot about security breaches, privacy violations, and what HIPAA requires. But, at the end of the day, how does it affect your job and how you do things. Here are a few dos and not to dos. HIPAA for nurses is an important aspect of nursing education that should not be … [Read more...] about HIPAA for Nurses – A Few Dos and Don’ts
Network scanning can really improve the workflow and user experience of nurse and other healthcare professionals on the front line. Let's dive into the benefits of network scanning. When I transitioned from working at the bedside to clinical informatics nursing I was thrilled. I finally had my own office in the IT department right alongside other nurses and analysts who did the work that made the hospital’s EMR stay functioning. There was a beautiful new computer, a high tech voice-over IP … [Read more...] about The Benefits of Network Scanning in Healthcare
Even famous nurses make mistakes on social media. Katie Duke, who has a massive following on twitter and instragram, is one of the stars of the ABC hit NY Med. At this point, however, I should probably say “was” a star, since a recent episode revealed that Katie was fired after posting this photo of a trauma room to her popular instagram account (thekatieduke). The caption for the image reads “Man Vs 6 Train... The after #lifesaving #EMS #NYC #ER #Nurses #Doctors #nymed #trauma … [Read more...] about Katie Duke Shows Nurses How to Not Use Social Media
As an informatics nurse, I am often presented with paper challenges that require digital solutions. I sometimes even find my own trouble and investigate inefficiencies in current process and workflow. More often than not, the most inefficient processes involve paper and a physical checklist. For some reason healthcare just has a hard time letting go of their paper. Paper dependence exists in many aspects of healthcare, but one place where an electronic solution is much needed, and sometimes … [Read more...] about Eliminate Paper and Improve Patient Care Across the Continuum with Tracked Clinical Competencies