Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, gave nursing a reputation and became an icon of Victorian culture with the title “The Lady with the Lamp,” making rounds of wounded soldiers at night.
Although Florence Nightingale will be fascinated by our modern technology across the healthcare system, she would be sorely dissatisfied with the current state of nursing. The tools/technology or burn out due to overtime or rudimentary schedule or clinical communication system. More importantly, the present generation’s hesitancy to be a nurse is alarming to the healthcare eco-system.
Nurses deliver 90% of healthcare services care; they are mostly unseen in the decision-making process for improved tools and technology. Making matters worse, nurses are overworked and provided inadequate, outdated tools for their daily job functions.
Nurse leaders should advocate for the latest and greatest scheduling and communication technology and enable nurses to take care of patients rather than efficiently manage non-essential work.
Here are three essential things to examine as you do so:
Effective Team Communication within hospitals
Reliance on outdated communication methods such as pagers, fax machines contributes to nursing burnout. While a clinical communications platform can’t solve all of the challenges nurses face, it can help streamline approved processes to allocate more time with patients and less time trying to reach physicians and other care team members.
Advocating for smartphones enabled with a mature clinical communication application can ease the frustration created by inefficient healthcare processes. The familiarity of secure text messaging, voice, and video chat will help drive adoption and mobilize your nursing staff. A practical clinical communication allows nurses to dedicate more time to patient care.
Remote communication reaching isolated communities
The COVID-19 pandemic boosted telemedicine into the healthcare eco-system. It’s a useful tool to reduce unnecessary hospital visits, reduce risks of cross-infections, and still provide clinical care. Leveraging the same technology is telehealth nursing care, and can be deployed in emergency and non-emergency situations.
Using telemedicine technology, nursers can triage set-ups. Moreover, nurses can monitor a patient’s oxygen levels, heart rate, respiration, blood glucose, and more. In non-emergency situations, nurses can get their patients’ blood pressure readings or glucose readings, for instance. They can also instruct patients as to how to dress a wound or treat a minor burn.
Centralized Command Center
One of the newest healthcare ideas, centralized command centers, promises improved patient experiences, and better ways for RNs and doctors to manage clinical capacity. The command center software applications such as dashboards can provide the physician schedule information across multiple specialties.
Command Center information would reduce the time spent finding a physician on the floor rather than combining them through multiple software.