Adjusting to Technology in the Nursing Field With Lewin's Change Theory Model

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Adjusting to Technology
Advances in technology are essential for nursing and health care in today’s society. Nurses are continuously challenged to provide efficient, effective, and knowledgeable care in a range of environments (Blais & Hayes, 2011). An organization’s technology must change and advance with the surrounding environment in order to be successful (Wilkinson, While, & Roberts, 2008). The process of change can be positive or negative, depending on the individual. I will discuss technological changes that have occurred in my workplace and how the staff have adjusted to these changes using Kurt Lewin’s change theory model. Lewin’s theory consisted of three phases: unfreezing, moving, and refreezing.
Unfreezing
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Adjusting to Technology
Advances in technology are essential for nursing and health care in today’s society. Nurses are continuously challenged to provide efficient, effective, and knowledgeable care in a range of environments (Blais & Hayes, 2011). An organization’s technology must change and advance with the surrounding environment in order to be successful (Wilkinson, While, & Roberts, 2008). The process of change can be positive or negative, depending on the individual. I will discuss technological changes that have occurred in my workplace and how the staff have adjusted to these changes using Kurt Lewin’s change theory model. Lewin’s theory consisted of three phases: unfreezing, moving, and refreezing.
Unfreezing
The most recent technological advances in my place of employment are computerized charting and EMAR documentation. During the unfreezing stage of Lewin’s theory, a person becomes aware of the problem (Blais & Hayes, 2011). Hand written charts can be time consuming, illegible, and difficult to store and access if needed. Written medication records have the potential to lead to increased medication administration errors and pose as a safety risk for patients. Our charge nurse served as a change agent by bringing these facts to our attention and inquiring suggestions from everyone pertaining to a solution for these problems. At this time there were positive and negative feelings towards computerized charting. Driving forces were recognized from employees who saw

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