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Tuesday, February 8, 2011
What is one way you could become involved in designing, selecting, evaluating or implementing an information system in your workplace?
Honestly, I have never been involved with the above processes in regards to an information system in my workplace. However, there are systems that could be improved upon and also new ideas that could be implemented. About one year ago, our unit implemented the use of a new program used to view radiological films. It was introduced rapidly into the unit without adequate introduction or staff training. After working with it some over the past year, I can only perform basic functions within the program. There are other nurses in the unit that have experimented with it on their own and have found that it contains a number of useful tools that are not utilized by everyone. I feel that this program still needs to be properly introduced to staff and they need to be oriented to it sufficiently. If everyone in the unit were able to utilize it completely, things like communication with physicians about x-rays in the middle of the night would be more effective. New staff members would also be able to view the films and orient themselves to common and unique findings.
Just like any other newly implemented program, staff needs to be trained adequately to be competent and efficient in use of such. In-services, super-trainers and follow up training would ensure that the bulk of the staff felt informed and empowered to use the program. If this training does not occur, the staff is unable to utilize it to its full potential.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
This is Adrianna, most people call me Annie. I am in the NNP program. I live in Logan and have worked in the NICU for 8 years. Prior to that I worked on Peds for a couple years. I think that I have really found my niche' in the NICU, and I am excited to become a NNP.
Why is it important for a graduate level nurse to know about information management?
As a graduate level nurse I think it is important to be knowledgeable about vast variety of information available. The information could help manage a budget, organize a supply list, present new or pertinent information to staff, produce a staff schedule, and organize and present personal information. The list could go on and on. I believe that a graduate level nurse should have a general idea about the technologies out there not be afraid to venture out and learn new programs.
Information Technology in my unit:
The most recent advancement in technology in my unit is the installment of web cams in each of the individual rooms in the NICU. With these camera's the family members of the babies are allowed to call and we can turn on the web cam and they can view their baby. This includes siblings , grandparents and others who may live far away. The families really seem to love this, because while in the NICU the parents are only able to list 4 people that may visit the baby. Children under the age of 14 are not allowed in the unit. We do this in hopes to minimize the exposure to infections from the "outside".
Other technologies we use include: vocera's to communicate with each other and other departments. We still do paper charting, but we chart and scan our medications on the computer. We also view our x-rays on a computer. Many of our pediatricians are able to view the x rays at home or in thier offices. This is especially convenient in the middle of the night.
I am looking forward to learning more about information technology in this class!