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Essay on Nursing Informatics And Nursing

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Sir, can you please step up to the glass, put your palm on the screen and follow the directions from the computer? This is where our future lies…in biometrics, computers, and science. Soon there will be no need to fill out tedious paperwork, to try to remember medications or past medical history. I know it exists in hospitals across America, I have seen it in action many times. Are we as nurses changing with the times? What is nursing informatics? Why is it important to me? How do I rate on the nursing informatics knowledge scale? What is my plan to increase my knowledge base? These questions should be at the forefront of every nurse’s thoughts. The information age has come crashing down on us from every possible angle in our lives, it…show more content…
They are not. Although these terms are related, they are not interchangeable. Health (healthcare) informatics is defined as “the study and application of computers to assist the gathering storage, processing and use of information to improve the procedures or outcomes of healthcare services” (Sullivan, F. 2001). Electronic Medical Records (EMR’s) are a great example of healthcare informatics. The nurse, at that juncture, will utilize the information gathered on the EMR to determine the direction of care for his/her patient, this process is called nursing informatics. I would venture to say that all nurses are using some form of nursing informatics but the degree of usage may vary dependent on many factors, namely, the nurses comfort level with computers. I took the “Pretest Toward Computers in Healthcare (PATCH) Assessment Scale, version 3,” (Kaminski, J.). I scored 92.0, a reasonably good score, but I would have projected a higher score because of my background in Tele-Medicine. I have spent the last 10 years in Tele-Medicine, so it would be a safe assumption that I am computer and/or technology savvy and fluent with multiple platforms. That holds true to a point, but the fact that technology is constantly evolving keeps us all somewhat behind the bubble since computer science is not our primary focus. Nursing informatics will remain a fluid environment, as each nurse becomes more comfortable with technology, each will be able to incorporate innovative
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