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
Are you using an NCLEX prep apps to get ready to take your nursing boards? Are sure you know how to pass the NCLEX on the first attempt? Do you have a reliable resources for NCLEX questions? I remember walking out of the testing center after taking my NCLEX-RN®. It was a warm September morning. I had stayed in a hotel in downtown Dallas right across from the testing center. As I walked to my car, I thought, "I have no idea if I passed or not!". I called my wife and told her, "If I didn't … [Read more...] about 3 Best NCLEX Prep Apps
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
Getting and staying fit has is important to live an healthy and full life. Some of the best health and fitness apps for Android can help you on that path by giving you to the tools you need to be accountable for your exercise, food choices, and lifestyle. Many people desire to get fit purely for vanity. There are are also those who do so because they wish to be healthier overall, and looking better is just a bonus. Then there are those who seek the mind-body approach and consider meditation … [Read more...] about 4 of the Best Health and Fitness Apps for Android
This post brought to you by eBay. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Nerdy Nurse. One of my personal missions in life is to empower people (especially nurses) to become more confident using and passionate about technology. I’m a big advocate for integrating technology into your routine. This includes using tablets and computers to educate children, expand the minds of adults, and keep aging loved ones connected to the world. This can be a real challenge because of … [Read more...] about Discover Your Passion for Technology with eBay
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
Capella University has organized an incredible LIVE Google Hangout where social media's top nurse contributors, as well as Mayo Clinic's Center of Social Media director will come together to talk about social media and what it means for nurses. The live event, which will take place on April 30th, 2015 at 2pm ET, will give nurses practical advice for living in a world saturated with social media. I am very excited about being a part of this event because I know first hand that nurses benefit … [Read more...] about Hangout with Social Media’s Top Nurses and the Mayo Clinic
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
Apple’s latest operating system, iOS 8 and later, has reinvented the family digital life. Now, sharing anything you love in a group has become quicker and easier than ever, without having to deal with Apple ID and password. If you have not set-up one yet, here is a complete guide to create and start using Family Sharing feature on your Apple devices. From, sharing locations to videos, photos, apps, music, even paying for the family purchases and much more, Family Sharing keeps all the members … [Read more...] about A Complete Reference Guide to Set Up Family Sharing in iOS 8
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?
The blogosphere is booming with passionate and entertaining nurse bloggers. I've seen a few lists that compile the best nurse blogs or the top nurses to follow on Twitter, Pinterest, and even Google plus. However, I've never seen a single location where you can find a comprehensive list of nursing blogs and their social media accounts. It goes without saying that nurses who blog are also active on social media so why not get everything together in one location? I present to you The Ultimate … [Read more...] about The Ultimate List of Nurse Blogs and Social Media Accounts to Follow
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
The Nerdy Nurse's Guide to Technology has been awarded first place in the 2014 AJN Book of the Year Awards in the Information Technology/Social Media category. I am sincerely honored and grateful that the American Journal of Nursing has selected my book as one noteworthy in the year 2014. To have my little technology and social media guidebook alongside textbooks and other prestigious nursing publications is mindblowing. I am thankful to all of you who have supported The Nerdy Nurse over the … [Read more...] about First Place in the AJN Book of the Year Awards
The Comcast data cap that has been put in place within the last year is causing serious issues in my household. For the first time in forever (yes, I just quoted Frozen), I am forced to be conscious of my internet usage or else be forced to pay the price (literally). At $10 per extra 50gbs, it can add up fast. To make matters worse, it's leading to disputes between my husband and I over who is entitled to watch Netflix, update our iPhones, or any other data-hogging activities. We are also … [Read more...] about The Comcast Data Cap is Ruining My Life