For technology serving nurses today, the key is mobility. Adding mobile technology to the nurse’s workflow allows them to get back to the bedside – right where they want, and need, to be. HCA’s Information Technology and Services (IT&S) division wants to help nurses minimize the time required to go between fixed and mobile computing, and maximize the time they have to serve patients face-to-face. Our mobile technologies allow and empower nurses to fully realize their calling: to provide the best care. For anyone involved with mobile technology for nurses or anything that supports them, I hope you’ll take to… Read more.
In 1992, Jane Englebright joined HCA as a 34-year old critical care nurse. Twenty four years later, she is now the organization’s chief nursing executive, leading approximately 79,000 affiliated nurses in HCA hospitals around the country. A compassionate clinician, a devoted mentor and educator, and a national nursing leader, this ‘nurse’s nurse’ has seen the profession evolve over the years, and believes still “nursing is changing right before our eyes.” “Older nurses, like me, are retiring at larger, faster rates now,” Dr. Englebright explains. “HCA nursing has more Millennials than Baby Boomers for the first time. New nursing graduates can’t… Read more.
Three minutes. In three minutes, you can order take out. Check your e-mail. Call a friend. Or, like two nurses at HCA’s Las Colinas Medical Center, you can save a life. Just shy of their one-year anniversary with the HCA North Texas hospital, nurses Laura Rampley and Ron Samuel were in the right place at the right time. The two had volunteered to represent the Las Colinas booth to talk orthopedics at the Irving Marathon in April, when 22-year old Michael Loftis, after completing the half-marathon (13.1 miles), collapsed at the finish line. Commotion ensued. Onlookers gathered. Good Samaritans tried… Read more.
HCA nurses rock – literally! Our compassionate caregivers kicked off National Nurses Week on Monday with a flash mob performance for a pediatric heart patient’s Make-A-Wish ® reveal at HCA-affiliate Medical City Children’s Hospital in Texas. The Dallas-based children’s hospital partnered with Make-A-Wish North Texas to surprise 13-year old Ashley, diagnosed with a birth defect that affects normal blood flow through the heart, with her dream vacation – a Disney Cruise. She and her family, including three siblings, will set sail for Nassau, Bahamas and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, in June. Forty nurses, physicians and support staff at Medical… Read more.
Earlier this week, two hosts on the television show The View started a firestorm of conversation regarding their remarks about Miss Colorado, Kelley Johnson and her monologue during the talent segment of the Miss America pageant. I’ve been amazed at the surge in nurse pride on social media and throughout the world. As the chief nurse executive and patient safety officer at HCA, one of the world’s leading healthcare systems, I’d like to share my thoughts on the incredible work our 70,000 HCA-affiliated nurses do every day to provide quality care for our patients. Nurse talent is an interesting concept. … Read more.
In today’s digital age, we should all “unplug,” take a technology “fast,” or go “off the grid” every now and then. Maintaining connectivity 24/7 can, quite frankly, cause anxiety, stress and all around F.O.M.O. (Fear of Missing Out). But, for some new mothers at HCA’s Rose Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, technology has become a welcomed addition to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). NICU nurses at the facilities are using Apple FaceTime on iPads in order for new parents to connect with their newborns in isolation. Approximately 20 families have already benefited from FaceTime at both… Read more.
Air Force vet opts for a busy hospital ER as the setting for “Career 2.5” After years of flying in F-11, F-4 and F-18 aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, Col. Byron Nash wasn’t quite sure what to do with himself when he landed for the last time. The open days of retirement loomed, and at first he opted to fill them by working in the defense industry. That didn’t last long.
Medical-Surgical Nursing is the heart of patient care in acute care hospitals. Med-surg nurses provide expert monitoring as patients recover from injury, surgery or illness and make the transition out of the hospital. Most adult patients, except for those delivering babies, spend time on a medical-surgical unit. Often, this is where they take their first steps or eat their first meal on the road to recovery. These nurses provide education and support to the patient and family that prepares them for leaving the hospital and continuing their recovery. Med-surg units are some of the busiest places in a hospital; patients… Read more.
Theresa Sullivan, RNC, Vice President of Quality/Infection Control/Risk Management/Medical Staff at HCA’s Memorial Hospital of Tampa was named the Outstanding Army Nurse of the Year by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). Colonel Sullivan was presented the 2014 Dr. Anita Newcomb McGee Award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C in recognition for work in making significant improvement of communication practices to address ongoing clinical issues and training gaps that were affecting medical care, and survivability throughout the entire theatre of Afghanistan.
The field of nursing is always evolving and as the need for more efficient and personalized care grows, so does the demand for the technology that will meet those needs. In the consumer market alone there are already dozens of platforms and devices that track and interpret individual biometric readings. The exciting work for those of us in healthcare is to create ways to use these wearable devices to improve the delivery of care. And the good news is that we’re already experimenting.