Paper #1: A description of a CURRENT (within the last 12 months) topic or development in your field and an explanation of its significance to those outside of the field. Students can also choose a topic from the list of Research Topics provided by the instructor.
Audience: Students new to your major who have a curiosity or research interest in this particular topic but no prior specialized knowledge of the topic; your English 3311 teacher length: at least 2 to 3 pages, not counting references page there are two basic tasks to fulfill in this paper:– to describe this topic or development as clearly and concisely as possible for the specified audience; in other words, to educate your audience about this topic as thoroughly as possible given the space constraints.– to make a compelling, specific, and explicit case explaining obvious and not-so-obvious reasons this development is important to the world outside your major. It may help you to think in terms of a little role-playing to imagine how this assignment might match real-world expectations: You are doing research or making something closely related to this topic. Your company, department, or division needs funds to begin your research or project. To be awarded these funds, you need to go in front of a group of people and provide them some necessary background as they make their decision. This could be an internal or external group: a board of directors, a grant committee, a government agency, a venture capital firm, among other possibilities. You can’t assume (ever!) that every member of the group making the funding decision is familiar with your topic. We need to understand and be responsible for the terminology we use given the audience for whom we write. This means that you need to decide for yourself how much members of the specified audience already know about the topic and its terminology, and how much those student doesn’t know. This will help you, in turn, decide what kind of vocabulary, detail, and tone will be appropriate for your writing. You’ll also need to decide what kind of research is appropriate for the paper. Many of you will rely heavily on popular sources for this paper, though scholarly sources will be helpful or necessary in certain cases. I will require in-text citations and a reference page in the citation style of your choice. That reference page should include a variety of source material so that your reader will understand that you are not simply repeating one or two sources without considering audience and purpose. You will receive a provisional grade on this paper. If you choose to revise the paper, that provisional grade will be entirely replaced by the final grade.
Over the past few years, the role of nursing has been changed significantly particularly with recent advancements in technology. For some time now, the issue of technology has been a bone of contention among all individuals in the healthcare industry. According to some, nursing technology makes interaction with patients rather difficult, increases the number of patients more likely to self-diagnose themselves and makes the nurses less involved in the care of their patients. Over the past two years, however, the healthcare industry has seen many doctors, physicians and nurses alike begin to embrace technology. This is an indication that technological advancement has done more good than harm especially by helping in the management of clinical workflow and healthcare delivery.
Real-time locating systems, electronic health record systems, and tablet computers and mobile charts are some of the technological advancements that have taken root in the field of nursing (Barnard, 2016). Real-time locating systems (RTLs) use three ways to track and tag medical equipment: infrared technology, radiofrequency identification tags, and ultrasound. With such technology, nurses’ workload has been significantly reduced. For instance, RTLs are being used to manage the assignment of beds to the various patients that come in and out of a healthcare facility, to locate an unoccupied and nearest facilities like the blood pressure machine and to monitor all equipment available in the facility.
The other significant nursing technology entails the use of tablet computers. Upon walking into a hospital or, it is common to see nurses running up and down trying to get to their stations, looking for patient rooms, equipment areas and other places relevant to their jobs. With tablet computers and mobile charts, the time spent looking for medical supplies or equipment is minimized as one is able to check their tablets to get what they need (Johnson, 2016). Moreover, the nurses are able to access patient records very fast from any location whatsoever without having to look for all the doctors or physicians that have treated the same patients before.
Lastly, the electronic health record (EHR) systems have revolutionized the field of nursing by serving as an effective replacement for paper records. They automatically update past and patient records, drug prescriptions and test results to the computer tablets and mobile devices within the healthcare facility. Previously, the nurse had to sort through a pile of papers in the records room to find the medical records of recurring patients and further look for the last physician that treated the patient for a consult. Such hassles have either been reduced or avoided altogether with the onset of EHR systems (Skiba, 2016).
Overall, these technologies are of utmost benefit to the field of nursing. I am pursuing a major in medical-surgical nursing, and I am aware that these developments are going to help me succeed in this career. In today’s information age, nursing technology is the key to the best practice healthcare that the world has been yearning for. RTLs, EHRs, tablet computers, and mobile devices are helping nurses to radically improve efficiency, reduce the time spent looking for information, minimize the probability of errors and ultimately increase the nurses’ ability to concentrate on one task at a time. Therefore, I urge all medical personnel and shareholders to invest in nursing technology as it not only makes the lives of nurses easier but improves the overall patient care outcomes.
Barnard, A. (2016). Radical nursing and the emergence of technique as healthcare technology. Nursing Philosophy, 17(1), 8-18.
Johnson, J. A. (2016). Nursing Professional Development Specialists of the Future. Journal for nurses in professional development, 32(3), 158-160.
Skiba, D. J. (2016). Consumer electronics show 2016: Implications for nursing education. Nursing education perspectives, 37(2), 120-122.
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