Is that nurse texting? Or using on iPhone app for patient care?
So I had a patient one night with a heart condition (keep in mind, at the time I was working on a neurology floor). As a new nurse ingrained with mostly fun facts about neuro labs, tests, and symptoms, I stumbled over remembering the normal value of a certain lab associated with this condition.
**whips out nifty iPhone with Medical Lab app**
Ohhh…now I remember! “For patients with CHF, BNP values will generally be above 100pg/mL.”
Problem solved…or so I think. A few minutes later I find myself brought outside the nurses station by a very Florence Nightingale nurse. She has the death stare gripped on me. Needless to say, I was shocked when she tells me,
“Sarah, you need to put your phone away while working. It really looks bad, and not to mention you are not focused on patient care.”
I beg to differ my old timey superior. I just looked up the answer to my lab question in two minutes—half the amount of time it would have taken me to flip through some ten year old manual on the other side of the unit. No doubt, I’m left with not only more time for my patients, but also a more up to date, trustworthy information.
How can we help these nurses understand these new technologies allow us to be MORE clinically efficient and BETTER engaged with our patients?
What will it take to shift this mindset?