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WalletHub Announces 2017’s Best & Worst States for Nurses


With National Nurses Week kicking off May 6, the personal-finance website WalletHub has just released its report on 2017’s Best & Worst States for Nurses.

In order to help newly minted nurses find the best markets for their profession, WalletHub’s analysts compared the relative attractiveness of the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 18 key metrics.
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Op-Ed: Making Technology Work for Nurses


Op-Ed: Making Technology Work for NursesThe following is a guest contributed post from Aparna Bala, AirStrip’s Clinical Transformation Consultant.

Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations (American Nurses Association, 2014)

Nurses are on the frontlines delivering care and ensuring that a patient’s safety and best interest remain at the center of care. Key nursing values promote a holistic approach to patient care – one that incorporates not only clinical responsibilities, but also compassion, cultural sensitivity, situational awareness and tech savviness.

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Op-Ed: Adapting to the New Wave of Nursing


Online Education Addressing Need for More NursesThe following is a guest contributed post from Aparna Bala, AirStrip’s Clinical Transformation Consultant.

Much of how we approach healthcare improvements today is focused on physicians.  At first blush, this makes sense since traditionally they are perceived as key decision makers.  But, it is important to remember that patient care is delivered by collaborative clinical team – including nurses.

As the American Association of Colleges of Nursing notes, nursing is the nation’s largest health care profession, and registered nurses comprise one of the largest segments of the U.S. workforce as a whole. Additionally, the role of nursing in care delivery is growing at the same time that healthcare is experiencing a nurse shortage. Nurses now juggle several fundamental responsibilities including coordinating care, administering medications, interpreting patient diagnostics information, and directing/supervising care. These individuals care for a caseload of anywhere from 1 to 15 patients during an 8-12 hour shift.

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Time Saving Improvements Come to Healthcare IT


Time Saving Improvements Come to Healthcare ITAdvances in healthcare IT continue to improve the quality of patient care, as well as create more organized and efficient workplaces. This eases daily stress for nurses and medical staff, and allows for more one-on-one patient interaction.

When it comes to health IT and workflow, however, sometimes the smallest changes can make the biggest differences. This is why Kaiser Permanente is working diligently to improve their technology in this arena. While many of their improvements are patient specific, others are simply designed to make the jobs of medical professionals easier.

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An Educational Divide With Technology And The Nursing World


An Educational Divide With Technology And The Nursing WorldTechnology, as we’ve seen, has the potential to play a vitally important role in the nursing industry. Technology allows nurses to communicate with doctors even when they are off-site, and do things such as send images or messages of concern directly to a doctor while they are in other areas of a medical facility. Yet there is still a divide when it comes to telehealth training among nurses.

In fact, this divide is twofold. Older nurses who did not grow up in the tech savvy world we live in today need telehealth training, and time to transition to incorporating technology into their daily operations. The second divide is with in nursing training. While younger nursing students are more comfortable with technology as a whole, it is not always well integrated into their training. This is either because it has not been thoroughly absorbed into their education program, or because the nurses training them have not yet integrated technology into their daily practices.

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Survey: 74.6 Percent of Nurses Own Smartphones or Tablets, 41.5 Percent Own eBook Readers


According to new survey data on mobile usage among the nursing community, it was found that nearly 75% of nurses own either a smartphone or tablet device, while nearly half — 41.5% — own an eBook reader.

Though mobile usage is high among nurses, it was found that only 31.4% of those owning eBook readers have downloaded medical titles, compared to 53.6% for smartphone and tablet users.  The survey, conducted by Springer Publishing Company — a publisher of healthcare and social science titles — found that 22% smartphone or tablet owners have an Apple iPad, and revealed that Epocrates is the favorite mobile medical application.

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