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Nursing Informatics and health assessment

June 26, 2013

The concept of nursing informatics is challenging to many nurses. Nurses may be extremely competent in their fields however, a lot of them do not feel as competent when it comes to using technology to access patients information, search for information and resources or document in an electronic medical record. Hospitals and other clinical settings should provide adequate training programs for nurses as well as have a way to assess competency in nursing informatics. With appropriate training, nurses performing a health assessment would be able to access relevant patient information such medical history and results of diagnostic studies. Many health care settings also offer access to online patient education materials. Nurses should know how to access resources for patient teaching and also how to test the reliability of the sources. For instance, reliable sources should come from well-known journals or have traditional history of print. Knowledge of nursing informatics is a valuable tool for nurses performing a health assessment.

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Future population trends, comment

June 19, 2013

Healthcare Informatics Resources (June 6th, 2013) Future population trends {Blog post} Retrieved from https://healthcare-informatics-resources.com/2013/06/06/future-population-trends-2/

My comment regarding future population trends is: It is true, people are living longer and having a desire to live a more fulfilling life in old age. Last year we had our first 100+ year old marathon runner in the world. And an article on yahoo.com discussed how very soon the first 120+ year old human being is expected soon. It is wonderful to see medical technology adding us in living longer. However the longer we live the more things break down, and the technology / medicine that keeps us going this extra distance isn’t cheap. We are seeing the effect on this in rising healthcare cost. It is my feeling that besides the difficulty of finding cures for illness, the next big challenge for mankind will be making this technology affordable for all to enjoy.

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Gaining confidence

June 12, 2013

Well I completed all of the reading and exercises for the first section of my Healthcare Informatics program and was ready to take the test. Now, having not taken a college exam for over 26 years I must say I was quite anxious about this. It was not like taking a CEU course and then taking the post test 3-4 times until you get the answers all correct. This was an actual college exam that was going to grade the knowledge you had gained over the last few weeks of reading.

I must say I was surprised once I accessed the exam to see how much I had retained from what I read. As an older learner I was prepared for some struggle. Did I use the book as I was permitted? Yes, but I found that I used it to confirm my answers not find them and that was a good feeling. I know that there will be struggles in this course and concepts that I will need to dissect and rebuild in my mind to be able to grasp them. However, I now know that I am able to grasp new ideas and content and use this knowledge, which will help me to apply it in the practical use of my job.

This was a day of firsts for me. It was the kick off of my first solo project as a “new” project coordinator and clinical informaticist. It was my first college exam on my quest to obtain my BSN and Healthcare Informatics Certificate. The first is often the hardest and sometimes the most rewarding and … it feels good.

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Progress, Change, Future (comment)

June 11, 2013

Healthcare Informatics Resources. (2012, January) Progress, Change, Future (Blog Post) Retrieved from https://healthcare-informatics-resources.com/2012/01/22/progress-change-future/
I’m currently working towards a degree with Health Care IT. I find it interesting that it’s such a growing field and that each generation learns from the one before it. Just recently when I was at the hospital they were just getting their new system for medical records. Even though technology in health care has been around for a long time, every day new ideas are being invented and health care is becoming more advanced. “The healthcare informatics field of study will be fundamental to bridging the gap between Information Technology Departments, Administration, clinical staff, physicians, vendors, and end-users.” (2012)

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Medication Underuse, comment

June 7, 2013

It is so difficult, we want the medication that will make us better but then sometimes we can’t afford it.  It would be great if there was a way to utilize extra drug coverage if you needed it. Again, I think the answers are going to be found at the local level and also with creative healthcare informatics and pharmacology problem solving.

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Future Population Trends

June 6, 2013

With the baby boomer generation getting to the age of needed healthcare, it is our duty to take care of them. Having the technology that we have today helps a lot. We used to not be able to do certain things,and now with technology growing every single day, who knows what we will be able to do by the time I am at that age. With technology changing everyday so does everyones lives. We do not notice it that much because we are immuned to changes in the technology field. We believe change is a good thing in certain ways. This article is very informal and opens my mind to what we have to come still.

Healthcare Informatics Resources (2009, April 29) Future population trends [Blog Post] Retrieved from https://healthcare-informatics-resources.com/2009/04/24/future-population-trends/

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Patient Education Essential to Recovery, comment

June 6, 2013

My comment regarding patient education essential to recovery is I believe patient education is very important but I do not agree that it is all up to the nurses. The nurses should be educating the patients on things that are necessary but I do not believe it is their job to educate on everything. For instance speech therapists or occupational therapists are educated on certain things more then a nurse is and can provide more information and education on certain problems. I believe the nurse and doctor is the primary nurse educator but do not believe it is their primary job.

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