PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION – Coursework Example
Professional Communication Technology has developed over the recent past and become an imperative aspect of healthcare. Nurses have been on the forefront of the adoption of information technology in healthcare. Information technology has revolutionized the way nurses document and disseminates information and knowledge in patient care (Fisher & Clayton, 2012). Nurses encounter the use of technology daily in offering patient care. Notably, Clinical Information Systems have substituted paper and pencil charting. Duplicate documentation and charting have been abolished by information technology and thus reducing error and allowing more time for offering patient care. Information technology has done away with unreadable handwritten physician orders. Nurses use the physician order systems that allow them to enter their orders at the point of care thus reducing possible contradictions (Simpson, 2009).
Additionally, nurses can use information technology to disseminate information through handheld units that transmit patient information directly to the electronic medical records thus offering useful documentation with heightened consistency and accuracy (Briggs, 2008). Handwritten records can only be transmitted physically where the nurse is required to take the documents to the office and file them.
Nurses also use information technology to disseminate information through a wireless phone system available in almost all health care centers. Wireless phone systems allow nurses to communicate within the hospital and pass on information instantly, reducing any delays in disseminating information (Briggs, 2008).
Nurses also use personal data assistants (PDAs) to disseminate information obtained in clinical research. PDAs are databases with information on patients, drug interactions, dosage calculations, lab results and other clinical tasks. This allows other nurses to access information quickly on patient care. In addition, nurses have used the internet to disseminate patient information and drug prescriptions for discharged patients (Briggs, 2008). Nurses put the information on patients on the internet and social networks such as twitter and Facebook. However, the patients are required to login into some webpages to ensure privacy and security (Fisher & Clayton, 2012).
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Fisher, J. & Clayton, M. (2012). Who gives a tweet: Assessing patient’s interest in the use of social media for health care. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, 1(2), 100–107. doi:10.111/j.1741-6787.2012.00243x
Simpson, R. (2009). Back to basics with IT and patient-centered care. Nursing Management, 34(4), 14-16.