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CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/NCN.0b013e3181cd7f2d
Feature Article

Transforming to a Computerized System for Nursing Care: Organizational Success Within Magnet Idealism

LINDGREN, CAROLYN L. PhD, RN; ELIE, LESLIE G. MSN, RN; VIDAL, ELIZABETH C. MSN, RN; VASSERMAN, ALEX BS, RN, CPHIMS

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Abstract

In reaching the goal for standardized, quality care, a not-for-profit healthcare system consisting of seven institutional entities is transforming nursing practice guidelines, patient care workflow, and patient documents into electronic, online, real-time modalities for use across departments and all healthcare delivery entities of the system. Organizational structure and a strategic plan were developed for the 2-year Clinical Transformation Project. The Siemens Patient Care Document System was adopted and adapted to the hospitals' documentation and information needs. Two fast-track sessions of more than 100 nurses and representatives from other health disciplines were held to standardize assessments, histories, care protocols, and interdisciplinary plans of care for the top 10 diagnostic regulatory groups. Education needs of the users were addressed. After the first year, a productive, functional system is evidenced. For example, the bar-coded Medication Administration Check System is in full use on the clinical units of one of the hospitals, and the other institutional entities are at substantial stages of implementation of Patient Care Documentation System. The project requires significant allocation of personnel and financial resources for a highly functional informatics system that will transform clinical care. The project exemplifies four of the Magnet ideals and serves as a model for others who may be deciding about launching a similar endeavor.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

 

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