My friend John Lynn (who is the guy behind the Healthcare Scene Health IT blog network) is really excited that he can finally help those who are interested in jobs in healthcare IT and informatics. Now HealthcareITCentral.com and HealthcareITToday.com will help connect qualified healthcare IT candidates with employers and of course healthcare IT employers with candidates. It can be challenging to transition into healthcare IT and informatics, but one piece of advice I often give nurses and … [Read more...] about Getting Into Healthcare IT and Informatics
Being healthy is one way that you can help increase your quality of life. While genetics play some role in your overall health and well being, your lifestyle plays significantly more. If you want to live a long and productive life to see your children and grandchildren grow up then you need to start by getting healthy now. Many people think that you have to have a boring and rigorously schedule workout routine to get fit and healthy, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Really you … [Read more...] about 4 Easy Tips for Maintaining Your Health
Geek and nerd are sometimes seen as negative terms. But there’s no need to stand by with lemons when you can easily make lemonade. So we’ve taken the term geek and spiffed it up a little bit. We’ve given it a makeover and now apparently, that’s what the hipsters are calling themselves. So is The Nerdy Nurse a Geek or a Nerd? truly? I’m a Gerd… or maybe a Neek? I’m a little of both. Just subtract all the hip things away from the geek side, and add the coolest aspects of the nerd on, and … [Read more...] about Geek Vs Nerd: Which Are You? [Infographic]
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
One of the projects I am working on in my informatics role involved overcoming an interface obstacle between EMRs. We wanted to accomplish something that had not been done, but it theory we knew should work. We were told to not get our hopes up, but the software vendor agreed to make the changes we needed in order to facilitate our desire. And we did it! We were able to document on patients we were previously unable to. We had a small victory and no one seemed to notice. I noticed. I cheerily … [Read more...] about High Fives in Healthcare: Taking Time to Celebrate Your Victories
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?