For many nurses, continuing education is a requirement to keep their license current. But the value and importance of continuing education isn't always clearly defined. In this article, we'll answer the question what is continuing education, provide different examples, and explain why it is important for nurses. Adults that work full time or part are all aware of the problems surrounding the topic of job security. Most professionals understand that they may work for several employers … [Read more...] about What is Continuing Education and Why is it Important for Nurses?
I’m so excited to share with you that an amazing project I have been working on for quite some time now is nearly complete. You guessed it: My book! The Nerdy Nurse’s Guide to Technology provides the tools nurses need to improve their practices, further their careers, and solidify themselves as assets to their employers. Written with humor and easily digestible sections of information, this reference guide supplies nurses with the practical application tools they need to embrace technology … [Read more...] about The Nerdy Nurse’s Guide to Technology: The Book
While most would be thrilled if their 5-year-old could read, Apple’s little contribution to the world has blown nearly all expectations out of the water. What else at age 5 had made such a significant impact to technology and the way we communicate? There is no denying that the iPhone has certainly made an impact on the world. In just 5 years the iPhone has helped smartphones transition from the quirky gadgets of nerds to a near necessity of modern society. This seems a bit mind-blowing, but … [Read more...] about A Very Successful 5 Year Old: The Apple iPhone [Infographic]
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
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