Computer Technology’s Effect on the Practice of Nursing Essay

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Computer Technology’s Effect on the Practice of Nursing
Susanne Swisher
Facilitator: Jeannie Short
NUR 224: Nursing Informatics
September 23, 2007
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Computer Technology’s Effect on the Practice of Nursing The practice of nursing is
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For example, at Grandview Hospital, to complete intravenous (IV) antibiotic therapy documentation, information is charted in the narrative and in a tabled chart on the back of the nursing documentation sheet, which is initiated with triage on arrival. Deese and Stein (2004) say that with the emerging process of electronic medical records (EMRs) nurses are not just “delivering direct patient care, nurses are also ‘knowledge workers’ in that they must accurately record, interpret, and act on a voluminous amount of data every day.” (p. 336) Triage nurses in the Emergency Department (ED) are required to observe and interpret their clinical findings making the decision to place a patient on the Pneumonia Carepath (a standard of care approved by a panel of ED physicians and nurses) to initiate care rapidly, for instance. Currently, Grandview ED is using hand-written nurse charting and physician orders; however, within a year on-line computer charting and computerized physician order entry (CPOE) is scheduled. CareCast provides bed- and patient-tracking, assigns medical record and account numbers, and provides billing functions. SunQuest accessed through CareCast gives lab and x-ray test results and imaging. LogicCare integrates with CareCast for computer prescription writing and documentation. Grandview is part of the Kettering Health Network, which includes Kettering Medical Center, Sycamore Medical Center, and Southview Hospital. The
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