New Technologies in Nursing
The constant change of technologies and advancements in medical care can make nursing either one of the most exciting jobs to have in the modern age, or the most frustrating. Desirable nursing applicants are the ones who enthusiastically embrace new innovations, possess the ability to learn quickly, and can adapt smoothly to the steady flow of changes. Are you ready to work in a 21st century hospital? Here are new technologies that nurses around the country have faced recently.
Electronic Health Records
Hospitals have been transitioning from paper files to computer files for years, but recently many medical centers have pushed for a nationwide network that makes all records compatible and available between participating hospitals. As this technology gets underway, it will become much easier for nurses to access past medical records – not just from their own hospital, but from any medical center that the patient has received care from. This can provide a clearer picture of the patient's past and reduce the amount of errors that can creep into his file.
This advancement will reduce the time you spend scurrying around while caring for a patient. Instead of heading to one place to retrieve the patient's records, another to look up care procedures, and another to receive a second opinion, nurses and other medical professionals can find all of these connections and informational documents from a computer right by the patient's bedside.
Patient beds aren't just furniture anymore. With new smart beds in place, you can easily obtain important information, such as the patient's weight, elevation of head and neck, and even body temperature. Some smart beds can even communicate with point-of-care technology systems to provide a seamless abundance of information for the nurse in one easy-to-access place.
Does your knowledge of new technologies in the medical field make you a prime candidate for a better or higher paying job? Parallon can help you find the position that best matches your skills and experience. Visit our website to browse current opportunities in hundreds of hospitals around the country.