For centuries nurses have been documenting the day to day activities and interventions of their patients. A well-crafted nurses note is a work of art, not only conveying the important information regarding their patient’s health status and response to treatment but also setting a tone and telling “the patient story.” Recent changes to the way nurses document has had a … [Read more...] about Are Nurse’s Notes Becoming a Lost Art?
Nurses: Do you get frustrated when your documentation in the EHR doesn't match your workflow? Clinical Analysts: Do you get frustrated by making frequent revisions to nursing assessments and other EHR charting fields? Healthcare Leaders: Do you want your next EHR project to be a success? The solution to all these frustrations may lie in a process that is often omitted from … [Read more...] about Join me for a #HealthcareChat Tweetchat on EHR Clinical Readiness Oct 27 at 9pm ET
It’s been a few weeks since I was selected to be a Google Glass Explorer and ever since my brain has been humming with thoughts and ideas on how nurses could utilize the technology. How could nurses improve the care they deliver? How could HIPAA be a non-issue? Informational Purposes One of the biggest ways that a nurse could benefit from Google Glass is easy access to … [Read more...] about Google Glass for Nurses?
What does it take to be a fantastic nurse? Many wonder if they have what it takes to excel in the nursing profession. There are some key differences between an average nurse and a fantastic nurse. If you’re smart enough and dedicated enough, nearly anyone can become an average nurse. But it takes a certain something to elevate yourself to the fantastic … [Read more...] about 6 Characteristics of Fantastic Nurses
Many people do not realize there are differences between an electronic medical record (EMR), electronic health record (EHR), and a personal health record (PHR). I myself am guilty of often using the terms EHR and EMR interchangeably. There are, however, some defining differences that set these health and medical records apart. Wikipedia has this to say about the topic: The … [Read more...] about Differences Between EMR, EHR, and PHR
As nurses we are given such trust and responsibility. Often people’s lives are in our hands. We a allowed to care for people in their most vulnerable states. And depending on your license level, becoming a nurse is as simple as completing a couple years in tech school and pass a computerized test. Somehow in that short amount of time and with a few electronic questions a … [Read more...] about The Importance of Removing Fear and Promoting Honesty and Integrity In Nursing
It's been a whole month since I jumped over onto the informatics train in nursing leaving my bedside care buddies behind. The change was met with confusion from my colleagues and excitement from me. "Finally," I thought, "I can be a part of the big picture." And that is exactly what I have done. A month into this role I have learned a lot about just how big that picture really … [Read more...] about Working as a Nurse Informaticist: Am I Still a Nurse?
Meaningful use is a buzzword in healthcare these days. Most healthcare providers have heard of it. A few know that it has to do with documentation and electronic charting. But even fewer actually know what meaningful use is and how it is touching every part of the care we provide. One aspect of meaningful use which will greatly improve patient care is the continuity of care … [Read more...] about Meaningful Use and the Continuity of Care Document
I've always been an advocate for my fellow-man. I expect the most out of humanity and do my best to remain optimistic in most situations, especially those involving innovation and technology. But it happens, more often than I'd like unfortunately, that my fellow-man disappoint me in their lack of effort to rise to a challenge. Nurses Are Human Too Unfortunately, nurses are … [Read more...] about Integrity & Clinical Judgement: You Can’t Buy it at Walmart
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 … [Read more...] about Clinical Informatics Specialist: Week 1, Project Managent
Need to document your patient care? There's an App for that. Forgive the pun, but this will likely the norm for my App reviews and highlights. I just can't help myself. I Claim the Title Proudly I'm a nerd. There's no doubt about it. I get emotional and passionate about electronics. There are not many things much more nerdy than that. Technology thrills and excites me and … [Read more...] about Can an EMR be Beautiful? Artefact Thinks So
When I first started blogging I did so anonymously. Even after I came out of the nursing blog closest I was fearful to tell my coworkers about my blog. There is a lot of risk involved when you write about your work especially if someone already wants to put a bullseye on you. With so many healthcare providers on the fence about social media and the risks of liabilities … [Read more...] about 10 Reasons Why My Coworkers Don’t Read My Nursing Blog
Guest Blogger: Chris - Clinical Analyst Consultant Part 4 of our series on what it's really like to be a nurse informaticist. If you've ever wondered what they actually do, this is our opportunity to get an example of just that! Wednesday 08:45 -Arrive at office, check emails... 09:00 -Attend weekly staff meeting 10:00 Attend OR meeting. Pre-op sent the right person … [Read more...] about Life of a Consultant Clinical Analyst in the Nursing Informatics Department: Part 4
Guest Blogger: Chris - Clinical Analyst Consultant Part 3 of our series on what it's really like to be a nurse informaticist. If you've ever wondered what they actually do, this is our opportunity to get an example of just that! Tuesday: 07:00 -Meet up with supply chain team. Fortunately, their senior member worked at a different hospital with a similar implementation and … [Read more...] about Life of a Consultant Clinical Analyst in the Nursing Informatics Department: Part 3
Guest Blogger: Chris - Clinical Analyst Consultant Part 2 of our series on what it's really like to be a nurse informaticist. If you've ever wondered what they actually do, this is our opportunity to get an example of just that! Monday 08:00 -Arrive at the office, open up emails and get caught up with emails from last week. -I see two emails marked as urgent. Hospital A is … [Read more...] about Life of a Consultant Clinical Analyst In the Nursing Informatics Department: Part 2