Role of nurse educator in technology driven nursing care – Time to AdaptName : Dr. Namitha Sivankutty
Affliation : Clinical Instructor
University : King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center
Country : Saudi Arabia
For years’ nurses were too slow to embrace new technologies and might disrupt or even obstruct the changing process. As a nurse educator the challenging question is always how professions changes and how to support innovations in practice.
Promote the appropriate utilization of smart room technology by the nurses using train the trainer’s methodology for better patient care outcome.
Main discussion point:
King Abdulla center for Oncology and liver disease have 96 Smart rooms in the chemotherapy infusion area. Each smart room consists of nursing call bell system, Staff terminal, Infotainment displays, Staff assignment electronic system. Each area there are super users from the nurses, they got additional intensive training session from the nurse informatics specialist and Clinical nurse educator. Super users in the area planned small group education for the nurses for two-week period of time. Each education session consists of both class room session, hands on practice and knowledge check points. Weekly smart room technology classes are planned throughout the year for appropriate utilization of technology and reinforcement of information. Study design is pretest posttest design to test the knowledge of nurses regarding smart technology. Purposive sampling technique used for this study with sample size of 120 nurses working in the chemotherapy infusion area. The structured knowledge questionnaire consists of 20 multiple choice questions had 4 options which include one right answer, every right answer scored one and wrong answer scored 0. Satisfaction rating scale for nurses given scores of low to high. Majority of nurses (83.3%) had inadequate knowledge in pretest and in posttest nurses (100%) were had adequate knowledge. Majority of nurses (100%) were satisfied using the methodology of train the trainers for helping them to adapt to the changes quickly and easily.
Technological advancement is not hard for the nurse, if the nurses are supported with the education and resource material for use.
Dr. Namitha Sivankutty had received bachelor’s degree in nursing from NTR Medical University Vijayawada. She has completed her masters in the year of 2012 in Apollo College of Nursing, Chennai. She is currently working as Clinical Instructor in King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre. Dr. Namitha has participated and is active for many local conferences of nursing.