Nursing Databases Discussion
Mr. Clarks should communicate to the class on the growing importance of technology in nursing and how such technology improves the quality and safety of care that the patient receives. In the class, Mr. Clarks should let the class know of the uses of databases in nursing. He should let them know that healthcare databases are developed mainly to assess the healthcare delivery system’s quality of care. He should also let them know some examples of healthcare data systems such as electronic medical records and how they have affected the delivery and quality of care in healthcare settings. Professional nurses record data every time they interact with the patient, and databases store that data. With a database, the nurses, and even the patients can access valuable healthcare information to determine the care and treatment a patient gets.
Mr. Clarks should also communicate on the barriers to effective databases in the nursing profession. The first barrier he should communicate about is that of the difficulties associated with technologies. Electronic medical records are meant to be accessed by healthcare providers and also by the patients. They need to be technologically competent to use such databases. He should also explain the barrier of complementary changes and support that is required when using the technology. Technology is always advancing, and now and then, users have to update their databases to meet the organization’s current needs. Mr. Clarks should also communicate on the high initial costs of implementing the systems, which could be a barrier to adopting databases within the organization. High costs of maintenance might also discourage nurses from using the systems. The absence of computer skills and lack of training on the best ways to utilize the database systems could also be a pullback to databases in nursing. Communicating the class barriers will enable the students to know the difficulties of using databases and probable solutions to such problems.