Nursing and my koala connection

August 17, 2017

I’m excited to be presenting at the National Nursing Forum, August 21-23, in Sydney, Australia. The date is right around the corner, and while I’m thrilled to be traveling to Sydney for the first time, I’m also excited to talk to my Aussie friends about utilizing technology to make change happen in healthcare.

The forum I am attending is sponsored by the Australian College of Nursing (ACN), which is the preeminent and national leader of the nursing profession. They are committed to advancing nurse leadership to enhance healthcare and strongly believe that all nurses, regardless of their job title or level of seniority, are leaders.

Leadership is a mindset and a set of actions, commitments and beliefs that produce results. Nurse leaders and nurses with leadership skills are needed at every level of our health and aging care systems, to inform and shape strategic direction and drive necessary changes.

The advances in technology are apparent in every aspect of today's world. This is especially apparent in healthcare, where continually emerging technologies can impact nursing practice and improve care provided to patients. This is done by incorporating all information provided to nurses from the EMR to provide excellent care at the bedside and other points of care.

I strongly believe I share many of the same values of the ACN, so it will be a pleasure to speak on using technology as a catalyst for change in healthcare. I feel very fortunate that I can share my insights about technology with other health professionals from around the country—and across the globe.

To make change happen, we must incorporate technology and innovation into everything we do in healthcare. For healthcare organizations to meet the needs of the patient, emerging technologies can be used to forecast staffing needs. Technology can also be used to employ nurses and support staff who have the skill sets needed to provide the required care for each individual patient. Utilizing technology that incorporates talent management can assist healthcare organizations in making informed decisions to increase workforce agility and increase retention of key players within the healthcare team.

As challenges in healthcare continue to arise, there is an enormous opportunity to leverage technology to provide better patient care to patients, and improve clinical outcomes using real time, actionable data.

Emerging technologies should be used to facilitate the nursing practice as well aid nurses in providing excellent care to patients. Of course, this is all accomplished by incorporating practices and support that facilitate care without losing the fundamental human elements of nursing.

-Danielle Miller, PHD(c), MSN, RNC-OB Chief Nursing Officer, Clinical Applications
  • Healthcare
  • EMEA
  • North America
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