Embracing Technology, Collaboration Crucial for Future Nursing Leaders

Posted by Brenda Aubin RN BSN on March 29, 2017

Amplion will join thousands of nurses in Baltimore this week for the annual American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) conference. To mark the founding of the organization in 1967, this year’s conference will celebrate 50 years of inspiring nursing leaders and providing nurses with leadership training, professional development and research to help them excel. Not only does the event allow nurses to connect with colleagues across the country, but it also gives them a chance to glimpse the latest technological innovations in the field—including our next-generation nurse call system, which we will be exhibiting there.

Embracing technology is a vital skill for nurses to cultivate, and
this is especially true for nurses who aspire to become leaders in their organizations. As we heard at The Beryl Institute’s Patient Experience 2017 conference last week, technology is no longer just a tool that makes it easier for clinician329_nurse_technology.jpgs to do their jobs. As healthcare increasingly becomes more consumer-
driven, technology
is becoming more of a vehicle for engaging patients and their families and helping them connect with their caregivers. Using technology to interact with patients and improve their outcomes requires collaboration among nurses on the care team and a willingness to see beyond their individual tasks to the whole experience the patient is undergoing.

We liked this recent post from FierceHealthcare outlining the five most important competencies for nurses hoping to assume a leadership role in their hospitals. Though these skills are all interconnected, each is crucial for nurses who want to help their organizations effectively navigate the changing landscape of healthcare today, noted Bonnie Clipper, R.N., a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation executive nurse fellow who serves as the chief clinical officer for Cornerstone Hospital of Austin. “Nurses have to understand how to lead across the continuum of care … we are no longer siloed; we’ve been forced to learn how to expand our boundaries,” Clipper said. Nursing leaders must be prepared to:

  • Push for innovation: Nurses, even those who don't serve in leadership roles, must be involved in cultivating innovation. Share ideas, work in and push for new pilot programs, and educate staff and patients on innovation, Clipper suggested.
  • Avoid creating boundaries: Interact on the floor with staff instead of staying in an office. Effective nursing leaders must meet with patients in their rooms and be actively involved in care.
  • Collaborate with others: Innovation requires collaboration, Clipper said. Effective healthcare leaders will increasingly move to a “dyad leadership model,” she said, in which chief medical officers and nurse executives work in tandem.
  • Make technology more accessible, and actually use it: Clipper noted, for instance, that it is increasingly common for nurse executives to carry tablets that allow them to track patient status and complete other tasks while getting out of their offices.
  • Be courageous: Healthcare leaders fear failure, Clipper said, and are often unwilling to try new ideas because they may not work out. Don’t turn down possible pilots or new innovations out of fear, she said.

We agree with all these points. In our current culture today, it makes sense for nurses and care teams to use technology to assist them with workflows, patient care and safety, and quality initiatives. Everyone on the nursing team—from the top down—must embrace these technologies for them to be effective. Making technology accessible, easy to use and interactive with clinical workflows can help lead to happier patients and staff. We have designed our Amplion Alert care assurance platform to make it easy for nurses to collaborate about the care of each individual patient and access data to improve visibility, accountability and cooperation throughout the nursing floor. Our technology breaks down barriers that hamper patient communication, safety, care coordination and alarm management, and frees nurses to focus more of their attention on patients and their needs. We know that nurses are the real heroes of healthcare, and we are excited about spending the next few days mingling with the men and women on the frontlines of care. If you are a nursing leader attending #AONE2017 this year, look for us at Booth 927 in the exhibit hall. We’d love to meet you and demonstrate how our nurse call technology can help your organization provide an even higher level of patient care. Set up a demo with us here!

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