Online Education

Most health care facilities now use online courses to keep their employees up-to-date on policies, procedures, documentation rules, and also current assessment criteria. These classes are self-taught and include text, pictures, and audio. The most recent class I took online for my job was on myocardial infarctions/angina. The hospital I work at is trying to become a chest pain center. The classes were helpful; you could go at your own speed, you could click forward or go back as you needed, they were interactive slides, and also a quiz at the end that you had to pass to get credit for the course. Much of the teaching were assessment tools. Criteria to look for when a patient begins complaining of chest pain and the ways to assess the type of pain it is and how to proceed from there.

                  This year I also took extensive classes online concerning pressure ulcers; their protocol, treatment, staging, and documentation. This online class was helpful. There were lots of pictures which is probably most important in learning to properly stage a pressure ulcer. Also it was very interactive. I believe that a big use of healthcare informatics is in teaching hospital/clinic staff. It is able to keep the employees current on their practices; including legal issues, abbreviations that we are able to be used, the correct way to chart, and also assessment tools. I was able to learn valuable pieces of information regarding the way I complete a patient’s assessment and how to document my findings. I believe this will continue to emerge as the predominant way that new information is given to the employees of a facility.

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