Sunday, September 21, 2008

Education and Informatics in Nursing

Technology is impacting nursing education in many different ways. One of the most intriguing areas is teaching with nursing simulation. Many nursing schools have adopted manequins that can mimic real life procedures and emergencies. Many of the simulation dummies are technologically able to simulate life processes. When I take my ACLS training, the dummy we practice on is hooked up to a heart monitor and the nurse must assess the rhythm and the appropriate action. Some simulators have a pulse that is palpable to assess the nurses ability in pulse check. It's amazing!

While doing some research, I found an article supporting an idea I was thinking about. Informatics is impacting the nusring schools. There is a need for nursing schools to incorporate informatics in their curriculum. Future nurses need to be able to document and recall document information in an "electronic medium". I think it is important to realize that until recently, we have been turning out nurses and then trying to teach them informatics. By including this technology throughout the nursing education, we are turning out nurses who are informatically educated. The profession will be helping itself by teaching the newer students now, rather than later. Also, the newer generations are more computer literate thus making the task slightly easier. The hard part of this planning is the cost. Schools must purchase the equipment, maintain it and hire staff to teach informatics. There should be support personnel in place for assistance for the students.

The University of Kansas has a school of nursing that has done this. My references reflect the article that talk about the program "SEEDS". "SEEDS" are the initials for "Simulated E-hEalth Delivery system".Students at the University of Kansas used the technology throughout their nursing school career. The goal was to have students graduating that were literate with electronic healthcare systems. It seemed to be successful as the programs stared including PA's, med students and Nurse Practioners. I feel that is so important.

Helen Connors, Judith Warren, Charlotte Weaver (2007, April/June). HIT PLANTS SEEDS IN HEALTHCARE EDUCATION. Nursing Administrator Quarterly, v31 i2 Pg 129 (5)

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Technology & Healthcare - Some Factors to Consider

While doing research, I am learning to consider more factors affecting the need and uses of new technology. I would like to share some examples. Have you considered:

*** Immigration - and the fact that immigration will open up all kinds of needs for technology and healthcare information. The fact that diverse populations will bring different diseases and alternative treatments to be explored.

*** Societal changes - the fact that a new demand for mobile healthare will be spawned as our society changes. The newer generations will be used to getting healthcare on the run, making the need for information at provider's fingertips indespensible.

*** Distance Learning - An aspect that deals with the healthcare workers directly not just patients. This technology will be affecting how nurses and others learn new topics, maintaine CE credits and teach future prospects to our profession.

*** Nursing Programs - Technology will affect education. Schools will need to implement more programs designed to educate healthcare staff via new technological boulevards, even at the vocational level.
For more information on nursing informatics, visit

Simpson, Roy L. RN, C, FNAP, FAAN (2008, July/September). Cheif Nurse Executives: Creating Nusing's Future With IT. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 32(3), 253- 256. Retrieved September 18, 2008 from ProQuest Health Management database.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Informatics in Healthcare

Informatics in Healthcare

I am currently looking into gathering info on the above topic. Stay tuned.