How Improving Nursing Conditions Translate to Better Patient Care

Juan Martinez
February 19, 2016
Topic: Healthcare

Often viewed as a thankless position, the nursing profession is a grueling territory. On their feet for hours at a time, often skipping bathroom breaks and lunch hour to tend to the needs of their patients, nurses can use any opportunity to make their day easier. Thankfully, nurses have a few supporters on their side. For one, American Nurses Association, an organization dedicated to representing the interests of nurses across the nation, is active in its views toward protection of nurses' rights. Additionally, healthcare technology companies around the world are honing in on the end users of their products, tailoring solutions to help alleviate some of the unnecessary stressors nurses face.

 

Point of Care Solutions

Today's demanding HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act) compliance regulations require nurses to be on top of their game when it comes to protecting patient's information, specifically in relation to signing in and out of workstations. Now, nurses are beginning to live in a world where red tape and administrative tasks take a back seat to providing actual patient care with innovative ID badge solutions that read the information on an existing name badge as a user taps it to the reader connected to a workstation, automatically logging them in or out.

 

Cutting Time in Training

Let's face it, it’s tough to include training seminars into an already busy schedule. However, depending on the state, nurses are required to attend a minimum of 20 hours of continuing education hours each year, and the mundane task of manually signing in to confirm their attendance is another task that wastes time.

With advancements in RFID reader technology, nurses can now be auto-signed in using a badge reader solution, saving time for nurses and data entry staff, while offering the added benefit of eliminating errors. In fact, a recent hospital saw a savings of 38 staff hours each year, just by implementing an easy-to-use ID badge check-in solution.

In the end, healthcare solutions that tailor to nurses' needs make a happy, safer, more productive environment for everyone, from the nurses to the patients they serve.