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 remember when I first became a nurse and we would have monthly staff meetings to discuss various topics and issues that hospital administration had pushed down to us. I often grew frustrated with these meetings because the same topic kept coming up: HCAHPS scores. At which point the majority of the nursing staff would grumble and groan and complain about a standard that was unattainable due to ever-increasing workloads and complexities in the care they provided. Hospital administrators were … [Read more...] about Should Nurses Care about HCAHPS Scores?
The practice of nursing is ever-changing. There are always new guidelines and regulations that nurses are asked to adhere to, often with little information to accompany it. Nurses sometimes feel like they are just surviving because they are being asked to take on new challenges and aren’t completely sure of themselves. This is because many organizations will give out new job requirements without following up with the nursing staff and providing ongoing feedback. These actions can be detrimental … [Read more...] about Nurses Can Thrive When They Are Given Ongoing Feedback
There is an increasing trend in healthcare of trying to keep patients out of the hospital. Many insurance companies are decreasing reimbursement to healthcare providers if they get readmissions for patients with the same issues. Many healthcare organizations are trying to tackle this issue in many ways. This includes taking a bigger focus on preventative care, home care, and patient education. Preventative Care If you can stop a disease or illness before it starts then the patient will be … [Read more...] about Keeping Patients Out of the Hospital
Many healthcare professionals who are less technical may hear the term health information exchange, but not be clear on what they are exactly. Technology education for nurses has always been several lacking, unfortunately. It's one of the reasons I wrote The Nerdy Nurse's Guide to Technology. In this article, we'll answer the question "what is a health information exchange?" Health Information Exchange Definition A Health Information Exchange (also known as HIE). The portion of the rap where … [Read more...] about What is a Health Information Exchange (HIE)?
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
If you are thinking about becoming a clinical informatics nurse (or one of the 100-or-so other names we go by) there are some abilities that will help you in your job. These are also excellent strengths to highlight during your interview. The ability to be proactive. With the even evolving regulations put in place by CMS and other organizations, it is important that nurses who make a career in healthcare IT make a point to be proactive. There is never going to be a time where we will not be … [Read more...] about 7 Tips to Be a Successful Clinical Informatics Nurse
Even though white starched caps and dresses are a matter of nursing history, the media still commonly portrays nurses in these uniforms. This makes sense if you think about it. A nurse wearing regular scrubs of any generic color might be mistaken for a doctor, respiratory, therapist, or maybe even an aide or housekeeping. So when Hollywood wants a viewer to instantly identify a person as a nurse, they put them in a white button up dress and crisp white cap. I know that many do not share my … [Read more...] about From White to Blue: Nursing Uniforms Evolve
Working as a clinical informatics specialist in a growing health system affords me plenty of opportunities to troubleshoot technical issues with many nurses and other clinical staff. One solution I have had the opportunity to use to remotely access computers to assit with troubleshooting problems is a product called Bomgar. With Bomgar remote support you can easily troubleshoot the technical issues that nurses, doctors, and other members of the healthcare team may be experiencing. If you’ve … [Read more...] about Bomgar: Compliant Remote Support for Health Information Technology [HIT]
Technology continually improves healthcare and our daily lives and telemedicine is imperative for reaching people that might not be able to get to a doctor. Telemedicine: How An Online Chat With A Doctor Makes A Difference Not surprisingly, almost everyone in America today has access to the internet, but not everyone has access to certain doctors, such as trauma surgeons, though there are apps for patients to talk to a doctor online. The video below is a fantastic example of technology saving … [Read more...] about Telemedicine & Online Doctors: Reaching the Unreachable
Being a nurse involved with social media certainly has its challenges. Once you get over the fear of losing your job for your blog or twitter account, there is a honeymoon period. During this time you feel empowered and exhilarated by your ability to have a voice and make an impact online. You use this voice to make an impact on the issues that matter to you and your profession. True advocacy means making a difference I’ve blogged about nursing students who are kicked out of the nursing … [Read more...] about Being an Advocate Means Being a Target
Already know Amanda Trujillo's story, and want to find quickly out how to help? Go here for support, donation, and media details. There are times in my nursing career when I am so very proud of how far we have come in advancing our profession. Unfortunately, there are also times where I am reminded that this is still very much an uphill climb we must make to legitimately participate in truly collaborative healthcare. Today is one of those days in which I am reminded we still have battles to … [Read more...] about Arizona Nurse Has License Threatened By Doctor After Providing Patient Education
The New York Times has has an article about Epic’s EMR system titled Digitizing Health Records, Before It Was Cool. Epic is only one of many large EMR vendors who produce software to manage patient medical records and other data related to the overall business and function of healthcare organizations. A few others worth mentioning are Allscripts, Meditech, Cerner, I.B.M., McKesson, Siemens and GE Healthcare. They all have their benefits and drawbacks. Most of them have similar challenges when … [Read more...] about Electronic Medical Records: Huge Profits to Be Made in the Push for Meaningful Use
A closer look at how corporate-run for-profit healthcare facilities are detached from the patients and communities they serve. For-Profit Health Care - The Dangers for Nurses & Patients As a nurse, I have noticed how detached for-profit healthcare is. Decisions are made for the bottom dollar and not the people in the hospital beds. My Experience As A Nurse in a For-Profit Healthcare Hospital My nursing career started in a private for-profit corporate hospital. As nurses on the floor, we … [Read more...] about The Very Real Dangers of For-Profit Healthcare
After watching a video at InnovativeNurse.com, I was inspired talk about personal branding for nurses. Personal Branding for Nures Most nurses don’t think of themselves a brand. I get this. Historically nurses have been able to find work with little difficulty. However, in recent years the nursing shortage seems to be receding and more and more nurses are finding it difficult to secure and maintain work. Personally, I didn’t think of myself as a brand until I started blogging. I didn't … [Read more...] about Why Personal Branding is Important for Nurses