you can book tickets online or use Facebook or do internet banking, you can use this system.” The electronic patient notes can be accessed by other staff as soon as they are entered, rather than having to wait for paper charts to reach them. This can lead to better, more efficient care, eg the theatre team having earlier access to patient clinical information allows them to pre-plan crucial aspects of care such as patient positioning for surgery and manual handling equipment. Notes only have to be entered once, and each time a nurse talks to the patient, they can open their file and add more details. Kitchen whiteboard One innovation Southern Cross has made to its electronic records system – which they believe is a world first – is the “kitchen whiteboard” (named after the whiteboard used in most wards for staff and patient information). ‘Understanding the skills our future nurses need is key’ By co-editor Kathy Stodart Nurse educator and academic Michelle Honey is a long-term advocate for information technology in nursing. Nurses should not fear that information technology will come between them and their patients, says nursing educator and academic Michelle Honey. Honey, a long-term advocate of nursing informatics, said that nursing leaders around the world had long been concerned about how caring and information and communications technology (ICT) blended together. “We’re still worrying about this, but in reality, computers, ICT, robots . . . nothing replaces the personal touch of a nurse. “Technology is a tool, and only a tool . . . it does not replace the contribution a nurse can make in interaction with a patient and their whânau.” References eferences Blegen, M. A., Goode, C. J., Park, S. H., Vaughn, T., & Spetz, J. (2013). Baccalaureate education in nursing and patient outcomes. Journal of Nursing Administration, 43(2), 89-94. Doi: 10.1097/nna.0b013e31827f2028 McGonigle, D. & Mastrian, K. G. (2015). Nursing informatics and the foundation of knowledge (3rd ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning. The TIGER Initiative. (2009). Informatics Competencies for Every Practicing Nurse: Recommendations from the TIGER Collaborative retrieved from
csCompetencies_001.pdf Bickford, C. J. (2005). Evaluation of a nursing informatics training program shows significant changes in nurses’ perception of their knowledge of information technology. Nursing Informatics Journal. Vol 11(3): 225–235 [1460-4582(200509) 11:3;225–235; DOI: 10.1177/1460458205055689]. Another competency I feel is important is the information management competencies which consist of presenting and communicating the data for information (The Tiger, 2009). An example would be the Electronic Health Records (EHR) where nurses and medical personnel alike share clinical information. The use of the EHR has simplified the storage of information and has cut out tons of paper. Everything you need in regards to a patients file is right at your finger tips. Learning the software and having the knowledge of navigating through the system is important. Knowing where to find information in a hurry is needed at times.