A Brief Note On Rising Cost Of Healthcare

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Telenursing Rising cost of healthcare coupled with strict policies regarding reimbursement to facilities with recent readmissions of patients is causing healthcare to change the way the care for patients. Telenursing is being incorporated throughout facilities in order to improve patient outcomes, increase patient satisfaction, decrease cost, and improve the continuity of care (Hebda & Czar, 2013, p.510). Some question the practice of telenursing is not really nursing, however Hutcherson (2001) states “They have determined that nursing practice occurs at the point that a nurse utilizes the knowledge, skill, judgment and critical thinking that is inherent in nursing education and that is authorized through the nursing license”. Interoperability of Systems Telenursing require the use of technology in order to communicate between the patient and provider. Interoperability refers to the communication between different devices, such as computers, cameras, biometric machines, and electronic health records (EHRs) for the storage and retrieval of patient information (McKeever & Johnson, 2015, p.2). Healthcare providers face challenges such as continuity of care, due to the lack of interoperability between EHRs (McKeever & Johnson, 2015, p.3). Telehomecare nurses (THN) use technology in order to speak with patients, gather important assessment information, as well as educate the patients on current treatments, enabling them to take ownership of their health, thereby reducing an increase in flare ups seen in long term diagnoses (Shea & Chamoff, 2012, p.111). Advantages of Telenursing A pre-operative or post-operative phone interview can be an advantage for both nurses and patients. Before any procedure is done, nurses must do an ext... ... middle of paper ... ...ovative new approaches to care has occurred at a much more rapid pace than legal and regulatory questions have been answered”. The advantages to accepting this position would be the flexibility, the potential to earn more money, as well as helping patients remain independent. My recommendations to a nurse looking to pursue a career in telenursing, would be consider all of the possibilities, research and weigh the advantages against the disadvantages, interview tele nurses for their perspective, consider your strengths and weaknesses, and then make an informed decision for what is best fit for your career path. Nurses are faced with ethical dilemmas in every area of practice, and confidentiality laws and patient rights to privacy remain the same. Remain cognizant of the oath taken, and always put the patient first, with their safety as a number one priority.
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