Cathy Turner, BSN, MBA, RN-BC, Associate Vice President, MEDITECH

Cathy Turner, BSN, MBA, RN-BC is a member of the Healthcare Information Management System Society (HIMSS) and the American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA), as well as director of MEDITECH’s Nursing Informatics Program.
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How nursing roles are expanding to support population health efforts


In order to build healthier communities and improve population health management, providers need information about a patients’ health that goes beyond clinical factors. 

How can we achieve this? 

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Topics: EHR, Population Health, Health IT, nurses

Improving coordinated labor and delivery care for mothers and babies


Among the many tasks that nurses face, one of the most challenging — and rewarding — is supporting mothers through childbirth. 

Because labor and delivery can be unpredictable, requiring nurses to monitor and interpret lots of data while managing their patients safely, it’s critical that they have all the information they need to make the right clinical decisions.

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Topics: Nurse

National Nurses Week gives us ‘4 Million Reasons to Celebrate’


It’s been almost 70 years since the idea of publicly recognizing nurses was first discussed — and while healthcare has undergone huge changes in nearly seven decades, the fact remains that nurses continue to serve one of the most critical roles in delivering patient care.

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Topics: Nursing, Healthcare IT

Let’s celebrate nurses in 2019


 As nurses, we understand that our role continues to evolve within healthcare as a whole — and the tools that nurses use in delivering care are also changing.

That’s why this year, we’ll be hosting and attending several events aimed at exploring new innovations that help nurses in their critical role of making the safest, most appropriate decisions for their patients. One of the most exciting advances in health IT is the ongoing development of technology that assists clinical decision-making and engages patients in their care.

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Topics: Nursing

Nurses remain in critical role amid changes in healthcare



As healthcare continues to evolve, there is one constant when it comes to treating patients: The critical role that nurses play in delivering quality care. That role has certainly expanded over the years, particularly in the areas of establishing and maintaining patient safety, finding workflow efficiencies through evidence-based clinical documentation, and recognizing and responding to social determinants of health.
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Topics: Security, Home Care, Nursing, Population Health, Integration, Patient Safety

How new nursing roles are shaping the future of healthcare


When I think about how far we've come with providing care across the entire care continuum, it reminds me of one of my favorite documentaries, Remaking American Medicine

One of the patients this PBS series introduces is a woman with multiple chronic diseases. It's clear how important her community is, in making sure that she and her many caregivers are all on the same page.

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Topics: Nursing

How EHRs give time back to nurses


It goes without saying that nurses are busy. Caring for patients and keeping up with documentation (amidst their many other clinical responsibilities) takes up the majority of their time and resources. However, there are tools that nurses should add to their arsenal, that won’t take more time out of their day, but rather, give time back to them.

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Topics: Nursing, How to

5 tools designed to prevent nurse burnout


I recently attended an Advisory Board session on nurse manager overload and the contributing factors that lead to nurse burnout. We all know that nurse burnout is an issue that affects both staff and patients, so it was an enlightening topic to learn more about.

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Topics: Nursing, How to, Critical Care

5 ways nurses can drive patient safety


 Of all caregivers, nurses tend to have the most interactions with patients. They're the ones that inpatients call if something is wrong, and they are also often the point of contact for the patient’s family. So nurses have perhaps the greatest opportunity to create a safer environment for patients.

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Topics: Nursing, How to

How surveillance tools help nurses to focus on their patients


We all know that things can change in an instant, especially when it comes to patient care. Add to that having a bunch of patients to care for at a time, and prioritizing care and managing patient populations can become rather difficult.

This is where surveillance comes in.

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Topics: Nursing, EHR