Is It For Your Future?

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Telenursing: Is It in My Future?
Suzanne Traill
Chamberlain College of Nursing
Information Systems in Healthcare

March 15, 2016 Telenursing: Is It in My Future?
Nurses often wonder what happened to their patients after discharge. Did they go for follow up care as advised? How is their disease progressing? What were the results of their testing and how are they coping with the prognosis? Nurses bond with patients at the bedside and our concern extends long past discharge. The ability to provide support, advice, and education to patients in their own environment would help them maintain control while allowing the nurse to fulfill their professional role with autonomy.
Bedside nursing has long been the benchmark of the nursing profession. Rooted in nursing school, hands on patient care is the gold standard by which we measure care and new graduates are encouraged to attain a few years at the bedside before branching out into the various other specialties the field has to offer. However quality nursing care does not have to end at the bedside. Through advances in technology, the same patient-centered care can be delivered to patients in the comfort of their homes. Telenursing can provide this service using telephones, video-conferencing, and the internet. “Telehealth nursing practice is now considered to be a subspecialty of nursing” (Hebda & Czar, 2013, p. 523) and the International Telenurses Association provides practice guidelines for this…

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