Summary of Technology Recommendations Assignment

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05th October 

Technology #1

Recommended Technology: Online education via virtual simulations and programs such as RN to BSN and MSN programs are offered online.

Purpose: Most universities offer online degrees in their facilities. Online education has gained familiarity due to COVID-19, where there is no face-to-face learning, and people opt for online learning (Nashwan, Mohamed, & Kelly, 2020). Online education has provided continued education. It has also bridged geographical barriers and allows students to interact with exciting media in the comfort of their homes.

Summary of Technology Recommendations Assignment

Potential Use and Users: Nurses, nursing students, and nursing schools benefit significantly from this technology. Nurses can advance their education as they attend to their regular duties. Nursing students can also continue with learning uninterrupted despite the new world changes (COVID-19). Nursing schools can continue to provide nursing education and continually produce competent nurses, preventing the production gap of care providers (Nashwan, Mohamed, & Kelly, 2020).

Technology Acceptance: Online education is integral in providing continued education despite geographical differences. Online degrees are also cheaper, and it is easier to learn using modern technology. However, there has been widespread outcry regarding the credibility of online earned degrees. Nursing online degrees require practice in hospital settings under the supervision of the respective nursing education institutions.

Technology #2

Recommended Technology: Computerized drug administration; a machine assumes the role of administering intravenous drugs

Purpose: This technology enhances quality care delivery and patient safety. Drug administration faces drug overdoses and wrong medication, dosages, and frequencies that negatively affect patient safety (Ibarra-Pérez et al., 2021). Technology-driven drug administration serves to reduce these errors

Potential Use and Users: Drugs, especially intravenous drugs, are filled in these machine barrels. A nurse sets the drug’s dosage, frequency, and flow rate and allows it to run using the machine. Nurses and patients shall benefit from this technology. Nurses are the professionals involved in drug administration, and the technology shall help ease the work and reduce the possibility of errors. Patients shall benefit from quality care delivery and improved safety.

Technology Acceptance: The advancement enhances drug administration, improves the quality of care, minimizes medical administration errors, and improves patient safety (Ibarra-Pérez et al., 2021). The systems are easy to use because the nurse only needs to feed the necessary information and leave the machine to do the work.

Technology #3

Recommended Technology: Electronic health records; using computers and software to enter, store and retrieve patient data.

Purpose: Electronic health records (EHRs) are integral in nurses’ communication. They provide computerized storage of patient data. Patient information entered in these systems is not easily lost and is easily accessible to other nurses and all other healthcare providers. The nurses can also access information from other healthcare providers such as doctors and nutritionists about patient care, thus promoting quality and efficient patient care (Akhu‐Zaheya et al., 2018).

Potential Use and Users: Nurses and other healthcare providers enter patient details such as physical examination and health history, evidence of care, and current care practices. The information is available to all healthcare providers, which makes patients’ monitoring easier and efficient. Electronic health records are helpful to all healthcare providers, patients, and the organization. The technology enhances interprofessional collaboration, which is associated with improved quality of patient care (Akhu‐Zaheya et al., 2018). In addition, the hospital can keep an accurate record of hospital statistics such as mortality rates, the prevalence of diseases, and disease burden statistics. The information helps plan care and contributes to national statistics used in healthcare planning at the national level.

Technology Acceptance:  Many hospitals have incorporated electronic health records into their systems. Healthcare providers without computer use knowledge require training on the proper use of these records. They are easy and convenient to use compared to handwritten patient files. One of their main advantages is easy retrieval of information and enhancing prompt decision-making. The technological advancement also helps avoid misinformation from poor handwriting and missing information links common in handwritten communication.

Technology #4

Recommended Technology: Automatic patient repositioning systems. These systems help turn patients two-hourly with ease and without straining nurses.

Purpose: They enhance patient turning and relieve nurses of the burden and injuries that arise. The technology is integral in improving patient care and preventing bed sores from persistent pressure on specific body areas (Knibbe et al., 2018). It is thus integral in nursing practice.

Potential Use and Users: The technology is helpful in the burns, unconscious, and vertebral column injuries patients’ routine two-hourly turning (Knibbe et al., 2018). The repositioning systems automatically change a patient’s position by rotating them, thus shifting the pressure areas to prevent bedsores. They are easy to ensure because they do not require much maintenance costs or expertise to use them.

Technology Acceptance: The technology helps improve patient care and promote patient recuperation. It has is associated with fewer injuries during turning, eliminated bed sires, and improved healing of bedsores (Knibbe et al., 2018 Summary of Technology Recommendations Assignment).

Technology #5

Recommended Technology: Smartphone apps in the healthcare communications system; nurses and other healthcare providers use smartphone apps to receive healthcare information such as alarms from their patients and institutions’ text messages.

Purpose: This technology helps improve communication in nursing practice. Enhanced communication is associated with improved organization leadership, quality of patient care, interprofessional collaboration, quality patient care, and patient safety. Leaders in a healthcare institution communicate effectively and efficiently using these apps.

Potential Use and Users: The technology helps enhance communication in the institution. The institution management shall benefit from improved communication that leads to effective processes. Nurses also get information promptly, which enables them to provide quality and safe patient care.

Technology Acceptance: Smartphone apps are used in hospitals to improve nurses’ communication. They are known to improve prompt decision-making and action-taking, and they also help prevent delays in care delivery (Flynn, Polivka, & Behr, 2018).

Summary of Technology Recommendations Assignment References

  • Akhu‐Zaheya, L., Al‐Maaitah, R., & Bany Hani, S. (2018). Quality of nursing documentation: Paper‐based health records versus electronic‐based health records. Journal of clinical nursing, 27(3-4), e578-e589.
  • Flynn, G. A. H., Polivka, B., & Behr, J. H. (2018). Smartphone use by nurses in acute care settings. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 36(3), 120-126. doi: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000400
  • Ibarra-Pérez, R., Puértolas-Balint, F., Lozano-Cruz, E., Zamora-Gómez, S. E., & Castro-Pastrana, L. I. (2021). Intravenous Administration Errors intercepted by smart infusion technology in an adult intensive care unit. Journal of patient safety, 17(6), 430-436. doi: 10.1097/PTS.0000000000000374
  • Knibbe, N. E., Zwaenepoel, E., Knibbe, H. J., & Beeckman, D. (2018). An automatic repositioning system to prevent pressure ulcers: a case series. British Journal of Nursing, 27(6), S16-S22.
  • Nashwan, A. J., Mohamed, A. S., & Kelly, D. R. (2020). Nursing Education in the Emergence of COVID-19. Open Journal of Nursing, 10(06), 595. DOI; 10.4236/ojn.2020.106040