In response to Jean DerGurahian's "Nurses on point-of-care IT usage: study":
I am tempted to ask (so I will): If the study was about chief executive officers or chief nursing officers, would there be a concern about the study's methodologies? I think that a study that provokes the kinds of questions that this one does is perfect for replication to get to the root cause and/or to address the issues highlighted. I have an opportunity to talk with nurses, and to gather survey data from hundreds of thousands of nurses, in which the views highlighted in this study appear with alarming frequency. Does the number or the method in which an important question is asked diminish the importance of us, as healthcare leaders (of change), to understand and address that response?
Nurses will either make or break the success of any technology implementation. My suggestion is that if you want to be successful and empower the most strategically placed champions, then include bedside nurses, nurse leaders and ancillary personnel in your planning and implementation. I know this isn't news, but with an aging workforce and the rapid change cycles that healthcare personnel are experiencing on a daily basis, it would be in our best interest to continue to ask provocative questions and demand rigorous scientific study of anything that would help us be successful.
Justine Medina, R.N.DirectorProfessional practice and educationAmerican Association of Critical-Care Nurses To submit a letter to YOUR VIEWS, click here. Please include your name, title and hometown.