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 negative impact on the ability to tell a cohesive story. Nearly every hospital has now implemented an Electronic Health Record … [Read more...] about Are Nurse’s Notes Becoming a Lost Art?
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 I was Selected as a Google Glass Explorer A short time ago Google announced that it would be invited a select few to have the opportunity to purchase the Google Glass technology much early then the general population. 8,000 have been … [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 level. Passing your classes, meeting your clinical requirements, and ultimately passing the Nclex may be done by anyone with enough … [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 terms EHR, EPR (electronic patient record) and EMR (electronic medical record) are often used interchangeably, although … [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 computer screen, we are deemed competent to be a nurse. I imagine that we just assume that people who want to be nurses have … [Read more...] about The Importance of Removing Fear and Promoting Honesty and Integrity In Nursing
What is a Nurse Informaticist? It's a "big picture nurse," and one that can leave you feeling disconnected. But it can still be very rewarding. My Experience as a Nurse Informaticist It's been a whole month since I jumped over onto the informatics train in nursing leaving my bedside care buddies behind and diving deep into the world of nursing informatics. 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." … [Read more...] about Nurse Informaticist – The Bigger Picture 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 document. What is a Continuity of Care Document? Continuity of care documents (CCD) is a standard in electronic … [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 human too. Well, it's not so much unfortunate that they are human, as much as it that humanity has flaws. We are not … [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 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
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 even in the realm of healthcare I can honestly say I get giddy when I hear about a new innovation that will improve the … [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 associated with having an online presence, I wanted to take a some times to highlight some of the reasons why I don't run up … [Read more...] about 10 Reasons Why My Coworkers Don’t Read My Nursing Blog
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
A very real conversation - when nurses chart their medical care, are they depending too much on charting and not enough on connecting with the people they care for? Nurses Chart Too Much & Don't Think For Themselves Teresa Brown, R.N. wrote an article, featured in the New York Times, recently Caring for the Chart of the Patient, in which she discusses the very real challenge we face as nurses to document our care. She speaks about the mandates, and standards that we are forced to document … [Read more...] about Shocking Truth – Nurses Depend Too Much On Charting