We are innovators

ANA helps advance nurses’ ideas. THE OLD PROVERB “Necessity is the mother of invention” resonates with many of us. Nurses are resourceful on a daily basis—from finding innovative ways to help patients thrive despite limited resources to streamlining workplace processes to make the products we use better.

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Nursing informatics: The EHR and beyond

Informatics nurses increase efficiency, reduce costs, and enhance patients’ lives. Takeaways: Informatics nurses expand their reach beyond direct patient care but still experience the rewards of helping people and the profession. Informatics nurses use the electronic health record to support knowledge and wisdom development. Informatics nurses work in a variety of settings, including transitional and subacute care, clinics, consulting and…

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How to be an online nurse influencer

Tips for building followers and expanding your healthcare impact Takeaways:  Nurses can be influencers well beyond their immediate circle of patients, clients, and colleagues.  Social media professional profiles are recommended, which are different from personal profiles.  Instagram Stories is popular for reaching an audience and easy to use.

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Nursing specialties on the cutting edge

Take your career into the future. Have you ever thought about becoming a population health expert? What about a healthcare simulation educator or a research nurse? The rapidly changing healthcare milieu is creating and expanding many career choices in these cutting-edge nursing specialties. Other hot areas include post-acute care, health coaching, and nurse practitioner (NP) services.

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Innovation in action

Harnessing the power of nurse-led innovation. The American Nurses Association (ANA) embarked on a journey of innovation as a part of its 2017-2020 Strategic Plan. Here are some highlights of the efforts to cultivate and celebrate nurse-led innovation.

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Leveraging technology to improve care and patient outcomes

The CHAMP app supports at-home monitoring of patients with single ventricle cardiac disease. Takeaways: CHAMP is a single ventricle interstage application for home monitoring that transcends the organization by integrating the standardization of ambulatory care across the continuum and reduces events in this high-risk population. Communication and integrated support, including clinical and information technology staff, are a significant part of…

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Using mobile technology during patient handoffs

This Magnet®-recognized organization created a process for virtual bedside transfers. Takeaways: Virtual patient handoffs using web-enabled devices can reduce anxiety for both nurses and patients. Mobile technology can be used securely in healthcare.

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Understanding the technology that supports population health programs

The role of EHRs and other information technology in patient care Takeaways: The role of the nurse in positively impacting patient outcomes through population health strategies is evolving. Nurses who are engaged in population health management programs use a variety of informatics tools and techniques to successfully target and reach patients who are most at risk beyond traditional claims data.…

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Leadless pacemakers: A new technology in cardiac pacing

Learn about the nursing implications of these innovative devices. Takeaways: The leadless pacemaker is a right ventricular single chamber pacemaker used to treat symptomatic bradycardia. The leadless pacemaker eliminates the complications of conventional pacemakers related to leads and surgical pocket complications. Currently, leadless pacemakers can pace only from the right ventricle.

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It’s time for data-driven, patient-centered workforce management

How to transform data into effective staffing. Takeaways: Many sources of healthcare system data influence staffing outcomes. Nurses—especially nurse executives—can help other leaders in their organization understand the impact on financial, operational, and clinical imperatives driven by a data-driven workforce management approach. Excellence in staffing begins with information about the patient, which is then integrated with information about nurse competencies…

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