Why Is Nurse Informatics Important

Decent Essays
HealthIT Topic of Week
Valerie Ritter
Chamberlain College of Nursing
Nursing Informatics
NR 512
Dr. Rebecca Glenn
October 1, 2016 HealthIT Topic of Week
Nursing informatics has an impact on every advanced practice profession in nursing. The impact that it plays on the nurse executives holds so much importance. According to Simpson (2013), nurse executives sit at the executive table during technology evaluations and routinely find themselves ill prepared to debate with their physician counterparts. To be put simply, nurses are the patient’s voice we have a responsibility to do right by them and remain educated so we can do this to our utmost ability. This paper will discuss a HealthIT hot topic and how it relates to the executive
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Nurse executives have the role to ensure the correct stakeholders are at the table when an area that holds so much importance is on the line. The impact an organization could have if subject to a cyber attack on medical records could be devastating not only financially, but also commitment that we have made to protect and advocate for our patient’s. According to Dvorak (2016), everyone should know what the expectations are, whether they’re in the organizations workforce or a business associate. This show the positive impact that nurse executives can have on this topic when they maintain and have the knowledge that is needed to understand new methods of nursing informatics related to patients electronic records and the use of electronic communication for healthcare organizations. Nurse executive must make a commitment to the education of not only potential risk, but also ensuring the proper use of nursing informatics whether related to proper use of email or transmission of electronic health records (EHR) and many other uses of electronic protected health information. If we can assure these are being done the impact that can be made in reducing health care organizations risks to such potential attacks are evident. According to Simpson (2013), nurse executives often lack the continuing education required to maintain competency …show more content…
The fact that we are utilizing more EHR’s more than even before and future plans to expand the use of these to have a positive impact on patient’s care. We as nurses must also do our part to protect our patients. As nurses we are our patient’s protectors and voice whether it is at the bedside or sitting in an executive meeting. The education that nurses receive from the beginning is also based on doing what is best for the patient. That is what we must maintain to continue to have a strong profession. To maintain this security in the future nurse executives must maintain education related to security and privacy issues and bring it back to their organizations. Also it is important that the proper use of electronic and written information in regards to patient’s EHR be followed. It is imperative that health organizations having continual education on informatics and proper use of such. The avenue of nursing informatics is only going to expand in our time as nurses and it is our duty to ensure we are working on behalf of our promise to provide privacy to those we care for. According to Simpson (2013), It is time for nurse executives to enlist the help of academic leaders and regulators in the effort to build learning infrastructure capable of the competencies needed by nurse

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