Nursing is an ever-changing field where new research is applied and the evolution of technology is constant. The last five years have felt like a great leap in technology, and nursing informatics is pushing nurses to stay five steps ahead. Nursing skill sets demand consistent updates on research, techniques, and concepts.
When there is a new avenue to expand your knowledge base, nurses must seize the opportunity to learn and improve. MEDITECH offered nurses a seat at the table during their annual Nurse and Home Care Forum from June 13-15 at its Foxborough, Massachusetts location.
At the forum, MEDITECH offered its participants the opportunity to share nursing accredited knowledge, feedback, and an opportunity to collaborate and ask the hard questions. The next phase of healthcare technology focuses on collaboration with companies while creating an open dialogue on improving patient care and a number of other industry topics.
Open doors and minds
This was a new adventure for me as I sat amongst nurse leaders, home care nurses and health technology specialists from all around North America. When you are the first social media ambassador to grace the doors of an established company, it means everyone is taking a chance on something new. And it was clear that MEDITECH’s doors were open and all invitees were welcomed.
The formal accredited education included updated governance on home health, nursing at the c-suite level, cybersecurity, mhealth, and rural nursing.
Learning about #governance #homehealthcare #nursing for #Medicaid #medicaleconomics at @MEDITECH some behind the scenes coverage for #MNHC2018. First time @innonurse and @MEDITECH teaming up to collaborate focusing on #nursinginnovation #nursinginformatics #homecarenursing pic.twitter.com/Kr7JTv3TmT— Danielle Siarri (@innonurse) June 13, 2018
There were informal sessions and networking for nurse leaders to ask about social media, providing opportunities to educate and inform.
A big item of discussion was what these pinksocks are all about.
I wish I had a pair of #pinksocks for every time someone asked, “what’s up with the mustache socks?” at the @MEDITECH #MNHC2018 - I am totally bringing a stash to #MNHC2019! 💖🌎🚀👊🏼@innonurse pic.twitter.com/hoxEbU4CGe— Ashley Dauwer (@amariedauwer) June 15, 2018
The onboarding of clinicians to Twitter and giving the clinical viewpoint of good governance, access to information and how to tell your own story was a consistent theme for guests and hosts.
The first steps into something new can be filled with a wealth of new emotions from fear to joy. MEDITECH offered something new to its customers and the companies they collaborate with. There was a feeling that everyone learned something new, had positive feedback, and was able to walk away with new information from the event.
Let’s keep the conversation going at this week’s #HITsm chat. Join MEDITECH Associate Vice President Cathy Turner (@MEDITECH_Nurses) and Public and Media Relations Manager Ashley Dauwer (@amariedauwer) as they host MEDITECH’s first ever HITsm tweet chat on how nursing informatics is changing the healthcare landscape on Friday, July 6 at noon ET.
To learn more about how organizations are navigating the new healthcare paradigm, read our 2018 Nurse & Home Care Forum overview and watch our recap video.