Our hero, Dr. Atul Gawande, back when he was all about checklists (he's moved on to greener pastures) even wrote a checklist for writing checklists. He practiced what he preached!
As technology in health care gets better and better, will nurses become irrelevant? Can lower-level workers -- less skilled, less trained, less experienced -- eventually replace them, given high-powered tools that technology can deliver?
Having built and promoted NurseMind -- a complex, dynamic checklist tool for nurses -- we have learned both the strengths and weaknesses of checklists. Here is a discussion of where checklists fall short in nursing work.
We design and build software. Our software has user interfaces. These can be designed to work best for users who are novices or for users who are experts, rarely both at the same time. So for whom are we working, novices or experts? There is no single or simple answer.
When the cognitive load of a job is heavy, the frequency of errors and omissions tends to rise.
The cognitive load of nursing work is substantial yet, until recently, largely unexamined.
We are convinced that research on this topic can drive the development of tools (such as NurseMind) that alleviate the cognitive burden of nursing work.
Patent 9164656 for our Graphical Display for Scheduling and Monitoring Tasks was awarded by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on October 20, 2015.
To evaluate the effectiveness of health care interventions, frame them as PICO questions. Inquiries of this type are essential to evidence-based nursing.
Task/time management and messaging are partners.
Meet us at HIMSS 15! April 12-16, 2015, in Chicago, IL. Please call or write and let's set up a meeting for a NurseMind demo and discussion. At your service!