Why Obamacare Means More Tech Savvy Nurses

April 9, 2014 in News

Nurses on Computer

These days the healthcare industry is becoming more and more reliant on technology. New software, programs and medical devices are being developed and implemented each year in the hopes of not only improving patient care but the way medical facilities are run.

Learning to adapt to new technology is quickly becoming essential for all those in the healthcare field. Nursing jobs are no exception. Regardless of specialty, all nurses have to interact with technology at some point in their careers–even on a daily basis. With the implementation of Obamacare, nurses now, more than ever, must be tech savvy in order to keep up with the times.

Although not all hospitals, clinics and other medical facilities operate the same way, there are many instances where knowing how to be a nurse in the digital age will not only come in handy, it could make all the difference in keeping or getting a nursing job. Below are just a few of the ways Obamacare is forcing nurses to mesh tech with patient care:

Industry Wide Training

There are a number of hospitals currently taking advantage of technology but with the Affordable Care Act (more commonly referred to as “Obamacare”) now in full effect, virtually all hospitals and other medical facilities are undertaking the huge task of training its entire staff and personnel in all the new procedures. This includes nurses.

Nurses who receive specialized training from their employers benefit greatly because it provides them with hands-on instruction, which they can then put into action during their shifts. This method means convenience and is cost effective, as opposed to going back to school or taking courses that focus on healthcare technologies. Nurses who aren’t comfortable with technology also have the chance to familiarize themselves with programs and software in a way that makes it easy for them to seek support in making the transition.

Digital Patient Files

Nurses that believe they can avoid dealing with technology will find themselves unable to do so now that the healthcare industry is starting to switch over from traditional hard copy patient files to digital versions. It isn’t only physicians that must adapt to this new form of handling patient data. Nurses need to be able to adjust to using computers, laptops and other devices to enter information about patients, as well as understand the procedures required to maintain a digital database of patient files.

Failing to excel at this task could put a nurse’s career in jeopardy, as any error in entering data or maintaining files could result in miscommunication that could put a patient’s health at risk.

New Healthcare Jobs

As the demand for technology in hospitals and other medical facilities continues to grow, so does the need for professionals trained in both industries. Nurses looking for a career change or that want to build upon their skill set can now turn to a number of new job positions that combine healthcare with tech. Nursing informatics is a prime example that requires being the liaison who handles new healthcare technology implementation, troubleshooting and maintenance, among other tasks and responsibilities.

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