was when the travel RNs came to help. The nurses were trained in the “Sandbox,” and each has their own version of flowsheet specific to their practice. Staff must have the knowledge and skills with computers, information technology, and not only in the nursing practice, for the successful implementation of the EMR (Darvish et al., 2014). A strategy that was essential for the project was to provide adequate time for the staff to learn. Not everybody is tech savvy, and our Nursing Informaticists guided the teams to learn the basics of using the software and know where to look for answers. Each hospital I worked for has their own in-house NI staff that continuously work with the IT department on updating the software based on our needs as health care professionals to make our jobs more efficient and support evidence-based practice with patient care outcomes. During the final stages and the roll out of the software, technical support as well as the Nursing Informaticists were available 24/7 for support and guidance. Having somebody that nurses can relate to, who knows how the nursing practice is supposed to be, made every transition from paper charting to the use of technology to improve patient care more accessible and comfortable. References Darvish, A., Bahramnezhad, F., Keyhanian, S., & Navidhamidi, M. (2014). The role of nursing informatics on promoting quality of health care and the need for appropriate education. Global journal of health science, 6(6), 11-8. doi:10.5539/gjhs.v6n6p11 McGonigle, D., & Mastrian, K. G. (2018). Nursing informatics and the foundation of knowledge (4th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning. O’Keefe-McCarthy, S. (2009). Technologically-mediated nursing care: The impact on moral agency. Nursing Ethics, 16(6), 786–796.
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