First, healthcare is much more evidence based now than when I began my training. This is important because, compared to only a few decades ago, we’ve made strides in making sure there’s data behind the decisions we make, or support doctors in making, about our patients.
Second, technological advances in equipment are continuously improving the level of care that we are able to provide to our patients, and also increases access to care. With the introduction of mobile technology, we’re able to move equipment and offer care much more seamlessly than before, when we relied on heavy equipment.
At my Trust, we’re also going paperless, which will help to increase efficiency, reduce waste and improve the overall patient experience. This helps us ensure that the data we’re collecting gets in the right hands of the next person that they see in the hospital, whether it be this visit or a follow-up appointment. This ensures that anyone in the hospital system is getting an accurate representation of a patient’s diagnosis so that they can provide safe and efficient care.
Finally, social media also provides huge benefits within the nursing community – Twitter chats and Facebook groups are a great way to keep in contact with other nurses across the world and share our experiences.