Importance Of Nursing Informatics

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Register to read the introduction… Patient data found in the electronic health record (EHR) are only as accurate as the person who enters them (Hebda & Czar, 2009). Therefore, education is of utmost importance. The goal of nursing informatics is to improve the health of populations, communities, families, and individuals by optimizing the management of information and communication (American Nurses Association, 2008). Further, the evolving mandate for electronic information systems and increasing complexity of healthcare have raised the bar for nurses. Nurses must know how to use a computer, not just to enter data, but also to process information and gain knowledge & wisdom. Nursing informatics will continue to evolve and new competencies will …show more content…
“The direct effect of medication errors on patient safety and quality of care is enormous” (Ross, 2008). Implementation of barcode administration systems is preventing many medications errors. Barcode technology automates the “five rights” by prompting the nurse to scan his or her badge, patient armband to access patient’s medication profile, then the medication to verify the drug, patient, dose, time and route all match (Ross, 2008). Additional features such as prompts such as when pain assessments are due or past due improve documentation. According to Ross (2008), a study done at her 365 bed hospital showed that over 700 medication errors per month were prevented using a barcode administration …show more content…
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