Advancing Technology and the Nurse's Role Essay

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The computer is a valuable tool in the healthcare setting, impacting the way nurses practice in the clinical and non-clinical setting. Checking patient identification and medications using bar codes, and entering data into a computer database are commonplace today. Does this move forward with technology actually create an environment which is more effective, efficient, and satisfying for the patient and the nurse? This paper will take a high level look at how technology and the computer impact the nurse, the benefits associated with advancing technology, and some responsibilities the nurse has in today’s increasingly technological arena. Hebda and Czar (2009) note “The way that nurses and other healthcare providers work is changing …show more content…
139). With the capture and housing of large amounts of data, benchmarking is accomplished much easier. “Benchmarking is the continual process of measuring services and practices against the toughest competitors in the healthcare industry” (Hebda & Czar, 2009, p. 179). Benchmarking and utilizing best practices contribute to positive patient outcomes and also creates a more efficient and effective atmosphere for the nurse, which in turn can promote greater nurse satisfaction. Patient safety does not stop with the assurance of accurate data or best practices to facilitate positive outcomes. The security of patients’ privacy and confidentiality must be maintained. Along with basic computer skills, including the ability to use desktop software and disease databases, nurses should also be able to demonstrate information literacy competencies which include the demonstration of privacy, confidentiality, and security policies which secure and protect data (Hallley, Sensmeier & Brokel, 2009, p.5).
The nurses at the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (OBWC) practice in the non-clinical setting. They review claim files for diagnosis and provide clarification when a medical
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