I see nursing informatics as a specialty title to health care informatics. Informatics is dealing with information, computerized information and telecommunications. Nursing informatics deals with these also but how they impact patient care. Nurses in to days world are almost all familiar with some sort of nursing informatics such as a computerized medication system or charting systems as well as discharge instructions or patient education. Every nurse at my facility uses the computer, internet, and intranet daily to conduct patient care. We punch in on a computer, get our assignment off a computer generated sheet, use Kardexes, again from the computer. I thing you get the hint. There are definitely different levels the variety of nurses are able to use the computer systems for these purposes. Someone who is well versed in nursing informatics would be able to change a printer location for instance, find a wealth of patient education, or even know how to change the colors of the screen you look at every day. Nursing informatics is going to be forever changing and those changes will be able to be made because of individuals who study informatics and know the ins and outs of a particular program.
I think the computer system is imperative for patient care. It benefits both the patients stay and the work flow of the nurse. From the patients perspective they can expect fewer errors, shorter stays, better communication, and even more high tech rooms with vital sign equipment that enters its data into a computer automatically. Patients can also expect better education and information about a certain disease, even the rarest of them all. The benefits to nurses are tremendous. Medications are already cross referenced for interactions; computers calculate intake and output; all orders are entered and electronically delivered anywhere you want; you can look up a specific doctor in California in less than five minuets; the uses are endless. Any amount of...
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