Current and future advances in technology are changing the practice of nursing, impacting how care is delivered. Genetics and genomics, less invasive and more accurate tools for diagnostics and treatment, 3D printing, robotics, biometrics, electronic medical records (EMR), and computerized physician and provider order entry, in addition to clinical decision support are key components of a multifaceted approach aimed at providing the highest quality and responsive care, while assuring patient safety.
Bronx-Lebanon nurses are now fully immersed in an electronic medical record, which reflects all aspects of care delivery. In fact, “If you didn’t document, you didn’t do it” has become a golden rule for nurses. Additionally, in response to the challenge of keeping pace with advances in the field, Patricia Cahill, MPA, RN, Vice President, Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer, expanded the hospital’s nursing informatics team, with the goal of improving clinical documentation, as well as providing leadership and education.
The nursing team also partners with the Chief Medical Information Officer, medical staff, and allied departments, in evaluating and making changes to the electronic medical record, when necessary. It is also actively involved in translating daily operations and processes into the language of the computer, while educating and maintaining the integrity of the system. “Our Medical Information Systems committee is consistently enhancing the electronic medical record, to support the important work our nurses do every day,” stated Ms. Cahill. Registered nurses are also active participants in an end user committee, which makes recommendations regarding equipment, and ensures that the process appropriately reflects the care provided to patients.
In addition to advanced technology, nurses use critical thinking, evidenced-based literature review, and patient feedback to support their decision-making. Outcomes are measured with national benchmarks to ensure that nursing care is at the highest level.
Bronx-Lebanon encourages its nurses to attain specialty certifications and advanced degrees, as well as also attend continuing education conferences, all of which leads to enhanced Professional Nursing Practice and better outcomes for patients.
“Our nurses are fully prepared to meet the challenges that technology has to offer. We are now using an electronic medical record, which offers nurses time to do what they do best, provide excellent care for our patients”