Annotated Bibliography-Major Influences on Nursing Cipriano, P. F., & Murphy, J. (2011). Nursing Informatics. The future of Nursing and health IT: The Quality Elixir. Nursing Economic$, 29(5), 286-282.
In this academic scholarly article, the authors discuss the challenges for nurses adapting to the technology advances in the industry. Nurses are required to become more adept at learning new clinical IT information. Health care technology is evolving because nursing students will need technology base courses to effectively practice their craft. In addition, the upper management will be impacted because they will be required to learn all the clinical technology. The nursing environment is dealing with technology changes in healthcare that is complex in nature. The advent of changing the Electronic Health Records (EHR) model requires nurse to learn a new technology skill that is different in every hospital. The author points out that the problem is how to standardize the best practices that work within each organization. In addition, to the complicated process for 1 patient encounter, the upper management has not been trained in the new technology which causes a bottleneck. The article stresses the future of nurses plays a critical role because they represented the largest group of professionals that use the technologies. It is clear from this article that nurses need to be involved in the initial testing, selection and implementation of these technological applications.
Crowley, A. A., Cianciolo, S., Krajicek, M. J., & Hawkins-Walsh, E. (2012). Childcare health and health consultation curriculum: Trends and future directions in nursing education. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 17(2), 129-135. doi:10.1111/j.1744-6155.2011.00324.x
In the college forefront, this article discusses results from nursing educators concerning some of the future changes of the nursing curriculum. A large percentage of faculty instructors indicated changes are imminent because of the Healthcare Reform and an increasing complex demands in nursing technology and new set of nursing skills are required. The consensus is more technology based coursework and advance clinical training will be a prerequisite for future nursing academic programs. The article also discusses the future of nursing is in the hands of the university nursing curriculums. The nursing programs are not keeping up with the demand of college graduates entering the nursing field especially in the Pediatric nursing field. The healthcare reform has a major impact on the future because each hospital will be required staff with the proper number of nursing ratio to patients. The article pointed out the feelings of the instructors that the standard curriculum needs to change to a more application based learning that allows the nurses to get the need training with hospital technology applications. The article does an excellent presentation of the need for nurses to have additional training on the job while adjusting to the evolving technology requirements in the hospital setting.
Wong, F. Y., & Zhao, Y. (2012). Nursing education in China: past, present and future. Journal of Nursing Management, 20(1), 38-44. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2834.2011.01335.x
In this scholarly article, the authors discuss the impact of baby-boomers on nursing shortages. The authors discuss the shortages in China but they also bring about important studies concern the serious shortages of nurses in the United States. The nursing shortage is has been caused by the number of baby boomers that are retiring and experiencing additional care for age related illnesses. The authors provide excellent data concerning the relationship between retiring baby boomers and the impact of nursing shortages globally. The article suggests that the future outlook of the nursing shortage looks bleak. There are so many difficult problems with no solutions in sight. China has major shortages along with the United States, which is in the midst of a nursing shortage that will devastate future generations. The United States growing population is living longer causing additional pressure to meet future medical needs. The increasing growth of the baby boomer generation will surely complicate a volatile industry. In addition, to shortages in third world countries, the United States is in the middle of a catastrophic nursing shortage that is expected to increase as baby boomers age and the need for health care grows.
Suhonen, R., Stolt, M., Puro, M., & Leino-Kilpi, H. (2011). Individuality in older people’s care –challenges for the development of nursing and nursing management. Journal of Nursing Management, 19(7), 883-896. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2834.2011.01243.x
This scholarly article discusses the changes for nursing’s because of the increase Long Term Care (LTC) for the elderly population. The authors provide the foundation for the changing culture of nursing homes environments. The nursing homes are heading for a more assisted living care rather than just a place to leave an elderly patient. The LTC industry is promoting and supporting nursing home providers as they transition from the traditional system to a personal patient center focus. The authors discuss the legislation that will development of a nation-wide LTC insurance coverage. The LTC insurance coverage will be paid through employee voluntary payroll payments that will provide benefits for enrollees who may be disabled. The article discusses how the new law will benefit the states because they will receive incentives to participating in the long-term care programs. This new legislation ensures that all the elderly population will have access to the best quality care.
Crocker, C., & Timmons, S. (2009). The role of technology in critical care nursing. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 65(1), 52-61. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2648.2008.04838.x
In the hospital Critical Care Units (CCU), requires nurses to have advance level of technology training to handle all the necessary critical situations. However, this article points out the need for additional training for nurses to improve the quality of hospital CCU. The currently model is the lead nurse assigns the nurses based on experience to the CCU different shifts; however the shortage of quality nurses with technology has resulted in the lead nurses to overwork the current qualified nurses with the CCU skill-set. The author tends if this does not change, CCU quality of care will suffer because the stringent challenges of the CCU will cause nurses to choose other less stressful positions within the hospital. The industry needs to revamp the current models that often burn-out the nurse staff because a lack of quality CCU qualified nurses. The additional training in the CCU unit will provide the nursing leadership the ability to properly staff based on an excellent pool experience nurses versus the old model of assigning shifts based the same experience nurse.