The Future of Nursing and Health IT

The Quality Elixir

Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Disclosures

Nurs Econ. 2011;29(5):286-289. 

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Transforming Nursing and Health Care

The call for nurses to become full partners in redesigning health care necessitates a commitment to strengthening nursing by addressing every recommendation in the report. Realizing the promise of health IT as a lever for improving patient safety has been a goal for some time (Ball, Weaver, & Abbott, 2003; McBride, 2005), but health IT can also help us address challenges in education, research, leadership, and policy. Health IT will help us re-imagine and reengineer nursing for the future. Technology tools will continue to revolutionize how we plan, deliver, document, review, evaluate, and derive the evidence about care. Eventually almost all data will be digitized. Clinically useful information will be readily available to craft individualized approaches to care. The call to action raises expectations that this country's more than 3 million nurses will be prepared to design nursing's preferred future to lead change and advance health.

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