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There are several ways in which technology is transforming patient care. From ordering a pizza to financial security, technology and artificial intelligence are changing the way we live our lives. Medical care is no different. As life expectancy increases and the nursing shortage continues, many hospitals and home care agencies are finding medical technology is critical to providing patient care in a safe environment. Portable monitors, smart beds, wearable devices, and electronic health records are all ways hospitals and home care agencies are using technology to reduce their dependence on a growing shortage of nurses, and improve communication between shifts.
Just as the role of technology in care has grown, so has the role in nursing education. Currently, nurses have access to online, live and web-based simulations, apps, and electronic textbooks on mobile devices. According to the US Department of Education, “Technology also has the power to transform teaching by ushering in a new model of connected teaching. This model links teachers to their students and to professional content, resources, and systems to help them improve their instruction and personalize learning.”
One of the biggest changes has been the ability of nurses to receive an online degree. These programs offer flexibility to pursue an education around their schedule and without having to move to the city where the program is being held. Software programs will deliver the content, track the students’ progress and report to the professors overseeing the program.
Nursing schools are also using simulated environments with electronic training mannequins to mimic situations nurses may encounter within clinical practices. In a safe environment, students can take vital signs and practice decision-making skills on electronic equipment that provides a virtual reality without real-life consequences. These are some of the same types of virtual simulation tools used to help train aircraft pilots. Nursing schools are also engaging in game-based theory, which has some of the same benefits of using a simulated environment with the advantage of more complex scenarios.
Just as there are smartphone applications for nearly every task you want to accomplish in life, mobile technology is available for nurses and students to access drug references, diagnosis, and textbooks. Devices attached to smartphones and tablets have the advantage of providing procedures, treatments, disease information and drug information in one place. These speed care and learning for the students and working nurses.
Having grown up in an environment where artificial intelligence and smartphone applications are an everyday event, most nursing students have a positive attitude toward using technology to learn and succeed. According to the Pew Research Center, 96% of Americans own a cell phone, 81% own a smartphone, and 96% of those between 18 and 30 own a smartphone. The rising acceptance and ownership of smart devices and students over the general population is another reason nursing schools are embracing technology as a means of training and educating students.
Most hospitals are using smart-based applications to communicate on the unit, within the facility, and to their staff at home. These applications put disease information, drug protocols and procedures at the fingertips of the working nurse. If you are ready to find your next position but have questions about how these applications may affect you, contact the recruiter at Capital Healthcare Solutions today. We make it our mission to answer your questions and help you find your best job placement.