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
I’m excited to announce that I will be hosting a twitter party to celebrate Buzzy’s premier on ABC’s Shark Tank. The episode will air on 2/28/14 at 9pm EST and the twitter chat will start immediately after at 10pm EST. When I attended CES I had the opportunity to see tons of new and innovative product and meet many passionate individuals. What I found to be interesting, however, is that one of the most innovative products I saw at CES wasn’t displayed at a booth. Instead, Amy Baxter,MD, … [Read more...] about Take a Bite Out of Needle Pain with Buzzy on Shark Tank
Guest Blogger: Jenna As technological advancements continue to transform healthcare into an information-rich industry, CDS (Clinical Decision Support) systems are leveraging the digital process to provide a seamless infrastructure and flow of information. The systems are becoming the means of better collaboration between the healthcare provider and the patients. Facilities using CDS platforms in their approach are able to provide better prescription, diagnosis and treatment because of being … [Read more...] about Top 4 Clinical Decision Support Platforms Of 2013
Guest Blogger: Jenna The demonstration of clinical competence is required by anyone in the medical field who is going to provide patient care. Doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers are required to be clinically competent before they can start taking care of patients. In U.S, to be considered clinically competent you have to undergo United States Medical Licensing Examination- Step 2: Clinical Skills or USMLE Step 2 CS. In this exam, standardized patients are employed to test the … [Read more...] about What is Clinical Competence?
Guest Post: By Mary Flemister Nursing Education of Yester-year My mother, who was a nursing student in the 1970’s, told me her university’s nursing department was overjoyed when they got their first “resuscitation Annie,” a mannequin with the ability to receive CPR. She also carried index cards containing drug information for her to reference as needed while treating patients and worked with glass IV bottles. So much has changed since then! Nursing Education Has to Evolve Technology … [Read more...] about Advances in Technology Improve Nursing: SIMCARE Training
This post has 1 purpose - to help you save money in nursing school! There are many expenses associated with attending nursing school. Some of these include textbooks, uniforms, clinical supplies, meal, testing and licensing fees, transportation costs, and general living expenses. If you combine this with the fact that often a nursing school schedule leaves little time to work and earn income, your budget can become quite stretched during your years of nursing education. Thankfully there are … [Read more...] about How To Save Money In Nursing School
I've mentioned before that my husband tells people I'm a Star Trek Nurse. Up until today I merely laughed at this description. Clearly he has no idea what a clinical informatics specialist does. Right? Then today I crossed the threshold between casual nerd and full on geek. I entered the server room and was overwhelmed with nerdy glee. How I Got To the Server Room I first need to tell you that we didn't just randomly take a stroll through the server room. There was a darn good reason … [Read more...] about Aboard the Nursing Spaceship: Server Room Geekery
It’s official. I've actually worked a paid full week as a Clinical Informatics Specialist. I have been on the job of a week solid and no one has called me stupid, wrote a list, or been incredibly annoyed by my presence. In fact, my boss actually came to my cubicle door and asked, jokingly of coarse, “You coming back tomorrow?” As if I would step out of the coolest opportunity I have been given in my career so far? Not likely. Clinical Informatics (working behind the scenes with documentation … [Read more...] about Clinical Informatics Specialist: Week 1, Project Managent
It’s official. I’m a Star Trek Nurse with the professional title of Clinical Informatics Specialist. Or well, at least that’s what my husband calls nursing informatics: “Star Trek Nursing.” Apparently my husband has the fantastical images in his mind of me working in hyperspace and using my hands to manipulate robotics and hologram interfaces to clone people and repair vital organs instantly. I’m not positive on this, but I think I would first have to be an astronaut and have traveled through … [Read more...] about Clinical Informatics Specialist: New Job and Tips To Become a Nerdy Nurse
In this post, guest blogger Chris will exam the typical workday and responsibilities of a Clinical Analyst Consultant (also known as an informatics nurse). Life of a Consultant Clinical Analyst Use this table of contents to jump to any section. My role as a Consultant Clinical Analyst Day 1 in the Life of an Informatics Nurse Day 2 in Informatics Nursing Day 3 as a Clinical Informaticist I am a registered nurse who worked in the clinical setting for about 10 years. I decided … [Read more...] about Life of a Consultant Clinical Analyst In the Nursing Informatics Department
My final clinical experience involved going out into the community into a primary care clinic which utilized a different form of electronic medical records called All Scripts. The most interesting part of this experience was not the software itself, or the manner in which the medical staff incorporated it into patient care, but the opinions of my mentor for the day. Since my preceptor works in the hospital and is involved with various IT personnel, she arranged for me to be able to see how the … [Read more...] about Translator for Nurses Who Don’t Speak Geek: Nurse Informaticists
The phenomena that is often laughed off in the nursing profession when nurses refer to it as how “Nurses Eat Their Young” is known by many other terms. These include: Bullying, Horizontal Violence, Lateral Violence, Hostile Work Environment, Harassment, Nurse to Nurse Violence, Horizontal Hostility, and likely many more that I have not directly stated. When you are victim experiencing lateral violence it is very easy to attempt to write the treatment you are receiving off a … [Read more...] about Nurses Eat Their Young : Resources for Lateral Violence
My BSN clinical experience has been very eye-opening. I feel like I have learned so much about how hospitals function, and yet know I have so much more to learn. To be embraced and invited into the executive meetings and to see the processes that occur to make change within an organization with patient care as the bottom line has been so refreshing. I know that the grass is always greener, and it may just be because I am looking over the fence, but I am impressed with their transparency in … [Read more...] about How Many People Are Involved in Patient Care?
Being able to combine my passions is an exciting proposition that I have only recently been able to full realize the potential of. When I choose nursing as my profession I did not even dream of the possibility to take my interests in technology and combine it with my desire to be a healthcare provider. It just wasn’t something I even realized may be a possibility. However, through working in bedside care, pursuing further education, and wonderful experiences and contacts I have made through … [Read more...] about Nerdy Nursing Clinical Experience
Today was my first day of Nursing school. Well, it was my first day of my BSN nursing in school. I’m a thrilled they have shorted the time it takes to achieve the BSN from 3 semesters to 2 and lightened the course load as well. I have 2 classes per semester required and only a small amount of clinical time to be completed in the spring. I should be fairly straight forward and the majority of it is online. (sweet!) I have 3 classes total this semester: Health Assessment, Professional Practice … [Read more...] about First day of Class: RN to BSN. Are Nurses Professionals?