The National Health Service (NHS) stands unwavering in its commitment to providing universal healthcare for all in need. Their continued focus on personal development and digital technology is helping to nurture both sides of the healthcare landscape, one that is revolutionising the bedrock of our medical infrastructure – our nurses.
NHS Digital has recently endorsed the Royal College of Nursing’s “Every Nurse an e-Nurse” campaign that’s been launched to help encourage digital training for nurses across the UK. Nurses will always play a critical role however there are clear advantages to embracing new technology and the skills that can be gained from it.
e-Nurses will sit on the front line of medical care, developing their skills and capabilities in-line with the requirements of patients within the digital world. Whether it’s communicating with a patient online, delivering treatments based on data from wearables or accessing records in the cloud, an e-Nurse will have the scope to support patients using the latest technologies, delivering best practice, sharing information safely and operating in accordance with governance and legislation.
For 70 years, we have used data to identify gaps within our infrastructure and reduce variations in service delivery. Whilst there are outcomes that we cannot control, there are issues such as poor quality of care that can be addressed by implementing insights from analytics. From real time alerts and medication reminders to digital body scans and electronic records, our e-Nurses will help pioneer new technologies, helping us to become more efficient in the process.
With smart phones, applications and wearables, we now have a much more accessible way of monitoring our health. This technology is now so seamlessly woven into our culture that we’re becoming more motivated, more proactive and more conscientious of our own well-being, helping us to lead healthier lives and reduce our impact on the health service.
e-Nurses will have the skills to utilise new technologies and improve care. At the patient’s bedside with scans that can be taken in minutes not hours. At the management level helping to refine day-to-day operations with accurate and specific data. At local GP surgeries helping patients get access to online services. With 2020 just a few years away, it won’t be long until every nurse is an e-Nurse. Until then, we have nurses, midwives and care staff that have the knowledge and experience to help lead the next generation.