Technology Solutions for Nurse Leaders : Nursing Administration Quarterly

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Technology Solutions for Nurse Leaders

Clancy, Thomas R. PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN

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Nursing Administration Quarterly 44(4):p 300-315, October/December 2020. | DOI: 10.1097/NAQ.0000000000000439


Over the next 10 years, the World Health Organization estimates that there will be global shortage of 18 000 000 health care workers. A perfect storm of an aging demographic, long-term drop in birth rate, and a retiring workforce has all the factors contributing to this impending crisis. In nursing, efforts to narrow the shortage gap through strategies that increase the number of admissions to nursing schools, such as increasing faculty members, clinical sites, preceptors, and scholarships, will likely not be enough to offset the shortfall. Solutions, in part, will be to make nurses more productive by reducing waste through the use of technology. This article evaluates how various types of technology such as electronic health records, data analytics, predictive modeling, artificial intelligence, speech recognition, natural language processing, robotics, the Internet of Things, and others can improve nurse productivity by using a Lean framework to eliminate waste and create value.

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