Is It Our Future?

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Telenursing: Is It in My Future? Heather Perry CHAMBERLAIN Information Systems in Healthcare NR361 January 25, 2015 Telenursing: Is It in My Future? Telehealth is a comprehensive term used to describe the use of technology including videoconferencing, telephones, and the Internet to provide medical services and education (Lillibridge & Hanna, 2009). Telehealth combined with telenursing, using that technology to provide nursing services (Hebda & Czar, 2013), make it possible to deliver convenient, efficient, evidence based care while everyone remains in the comfort of their own home. Working from home in fuzzy pajamas and bunny slippers, away from co-worker drama, no patient lifting, no micromanaging, just your and your patient. If that sounds like a dream come true, then telehealth and telenursing might be just what the doctor ordered, or is it? Remember, the patient is at a distance, no hands on, or ears on physical assessment (Stokowski, 2008). How can the trust necessary for an effective nurse-patient relationship develop? Does efficient really mean impersonal? Maybe a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages is in order. Advantages Today’s technology allows telenursing care to be provided in formats beyond nurse staffed telephone triage lines. Video cameras, the internet, and the installation of monitoring equipment in a patient’s home increases the range of nursing services that can be provided to patients outside of acute care facilities, and

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