Happy Birthday Florence Nightingale: International Nurses Day

We wanted to end Nurses Week on a birthday wish to the woman that founded what we now as modern nursing Florence Nightingale

National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6, also known as National Nurses Day, through May 12, her birthday. All week we’ve featured nurses from the military to case management to nurses that volunteer and teach. We’ve also featured 2 nurses that blog regularly. They taught us a thing or two on how the medical field is using technology for patient care and what is happening with high-tech coding practices.

So, Happy Birthday Flo and thank you for paving the way for the exemplary nurses that take care of our country!

So never lose an opportunity of urging a practical beginning, however small, for it is wonderful how often in such matters the mustard-seed germinates and roots itself.

~ Florence Nightingale

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Featured Nurse Mary Kelly, RN : Happy Nurses Week!

Mary Kelly, RN

 

Mary has been a registered nurse since 2005 and has experience in occupational health nursing, medial-surgical/oncology nursing, and as a nurse educator.

Currently, Mary is supporting one of the world’s best-known charity and relief organizations as a staff wellness nurse. She travels to emergency sites throughout the country to provide nursing care for volunteers. Recently, she has been supporting the organization’s efforts in New York in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

 

 


High-Tech Temps : The HiTech Act

Author Bio:

Epstein LaRue, RN, BS, author of the number one rated nursing, trends, issues, and roles book series, “Highway Hypodermics.”

For more information on travel nursing including travel company profiles, travel company evaluations, and hospital evaluations, visit her website at: www.highwayhypodermics.com

Since computers first started popping up in hospitals in the 1980s, the rules and regulations governing technology in healthcare have been continuously rewritten.

The latest changes come in the form of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. The HITECH Act mandates the use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems that meet meaningful use standards.
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It’s Thursday have you thanked a nurse lately? Frank Dana, RN

Frank Dana, RN

Frank, a retired military nurse, began his Adecco Medical & Science career in 2005. Since then, he has managed flu clinics, led vaccination initiatives at hospitals and corporations, and served as a school nurse in several school districts.

A registered nurse for more than 30 years, Frank has extensive experience in occupational health and has worked with a variety of companies across industries and locations. He is a certified clinical instructor for New York State and teaches licensed practical nurses class.

 


How Technology Can Help Nurses Deliver Patient Care

Author Bio:
Brittney Wilson, RN, BSN, also known as The Nerdy Nurse, is a Clinical Informatics Specialist practicing in Georgia. In her day job, she gets to do what she loves everyday: combine technology and healthcare to improve patient outcomes. She can best be described as a patient, nurse, and technology Advocate and has a passion for using technology to innovate, improve, and simplify lives, especially in healthcare. Brittney blogs about nursing issues, technology, healthcare, parenting, and various lifestyle topics at TheNerdyNurse.com.

You can also connect with her on Facebook , Twitter , and Google+.

Technology and Patient Care

Technology has become an essential part of the nursing profession. However, in many instances, it has also become a frustrating one.

Take, for example, electronic medical records (EMR). As more and more facilities convert from paper charts to EMRs in order to meet meaningful use guidelines, nurses are being forced to adapt to this new, technologically-driven method of charting. Yet, many nurses do not receive adequate training and coaching, leaving them resentful of the technology and unprepared to use it effectively.

while the practice of employing EMRs in hospital and other health care settings is still far from universal, the technology is the wave of the future.

While the practice of employing EMRs in hospital and other health care settings is still far from universal, the technology is the wave of the future.

 

The truth is that, with the right knowledge and the right tools, nurses can use technology to improve patient outcomes and their own careers. Here are some examples of how you can use technology to your advantage:

It provides easy access to patient information.

When nurses think about EMR systems, they often focus on the negatives, such as the countless boxes to check and the endless screens they have to browse through. However, EMRs really can save time by providing instant access to patient lab values, history, physical information and notes – all in one location. Accessing this data via paper charts could take hours, but with an EMR, it’s all at your fingertips.

It helps deliver accurate medications.

Every nurse knows about the five rights of medication administration. However, many nurses also know first-hand how difficult it can be to document each step on paper. Fortunately, with EMRs, accurate medication records are always available and updates can be documented with ease. You can also quickly access allergy histories and drug information, and see how the drugs will interact with other medications. As a result, you can ensure that the right drugs are going to the right patients.

It makes it easy to research diseases and illnesses.

Every day, you care for patients suffering from an ever-changing variety of ailments. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to know everything about every disease process. However, it is easy to learn. Online resources such as UpToDate.com, an evidence-based, physician-authored clinical database, can give you the details you need to treat diseases that you don’t routinely encounter. Ask your manager if your facility subscribes to UpToDate or similar sites.

Infographic from UptoDate.com

It can help you dress your best.

It’s hard to take good care of patients if your feet hurt or if you can’t hear the heart sounds you are listening for. So, if you are looking for the best shoes for nurses, the best stethoscope or any other piece of nursing gear, do a simple Google search.

As you can see, technology can provide you with the edge you need to deliver even better patient care. The key to benefiting from technology is to approach it with an open mind and always look for the positive.

How has technology helped or hindered your performance in your field?


Featured Nurse 3 of the Week : Florence Battaglia, RN

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 Florence Battaglia, RN

Florence, a registered nurse for more than 20 years, has been a part of the Adecco Medical & Science team since 2006. She has supported a variety of clients, including flu clinics, schools, large organizations, local startups and the United States Postal Service.

Today, Florence is an occupational health nurse at a large manufacturing company. She is responsible for conducting pre-employment physicals and drug screens. She also serves as the first responder to accidents and injuries and provides health and safety education to the company’s workforce.
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