Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Module 2

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.

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