The pressure to deliver puts makes the operation procedures of nurses less efficient. The expanding social expectations and responsibilities, low nurse to patient ratio and more extended shifts, has proven to be a barrier to the provision of outstanding health care (Peck, 2005). The high demand for the healthcare makes the nurses to strain with the aim of full filing the outranging demand. Therefore, there is the need for adoption of the advanced system which will enhance efficiency (Peck, 2005). The current influx of technology in the healthcare system will provide relief to healthcare providers. The most outstanding advancement is on the patient health records.
The significance of the problem is that enhances extensive research to establish possible ways of reducing the burden on health care providers. It will help in formulating a working system to ensure that healthcare provision and traffic are efficient is reduced, it will cut down the inconveniences associated with inefficiency. According to healthcare research carried out in 2004, 45 % of the nurses interviewed confirmed to be happy with the new Electronic Health Records (McGowan, 2001). The purpose of the paper is to establish the level of impact associated with advancement in technology. Within the past decade, many inventions in technology have been made to help nurses, and other paramedics perform their jobs and for their patients more efficiently.
With the introduction of the technological system, there has been an improved performance on the service delivery. Technology has cut down the workload on nurses of keeping paperwork records. It makes it easy to access patient information (McGowan, 2001). Therefore, it has relived the nurses and healthcare personnel the burden of searching through massive files. It has also enhanced quick diagnosis, availability of advanced systems such as the x-rays makes it easy for the paramedics to establish patient complications. It saves time and storage space.
Introduction of technology in healthcare equation has led to the provision of high-quality work, with proper diagnosis, the paramedics can administer the most appropriate medication to the patient (McGowan, 2001). The use of computers has made it easy for doctors to monitor their patients. It alerts the paramedics at the right time to administer meds.
On the other hand, there are negative impacts associated with advancement in technology about medical health care.
Most nurses will tend to spend more time on the tablets and computers. Time spent on social media and other irrelevant websites could have been spent ensuring that the patients receive maximum attention. It will also encourage laziness as all they will be willing to do is chat. Misuse of resources is another factor (McGowan, 2001). Workers within Institutions which have computers and internet have been known to use the machines for the wrong purposes. A good example is a nurse using the computers to watch movies instead of attending to his or her patients.
Description of the concepts
Over the past decade, tremendous changes have been effected in the nursing field through technological advancements to help ease the process of healthcare (Healy & McKay, 2000). The new instruments used in the field have increased efficiency and quality of service delivery to both patients. However, the new technologies adopted have resulted in many negative effects especially to nurses.
The research on the effects of technological adoption on nursing stress levels carried out various methods of data collection. Random sampling is adapted to learn how the various nursing and clinical activities are affected by various technological gadgets in service delivery to patients. It also focusses on how computers, tablets have eased data management for not only patients but also for nurses.
The participants in the research include the nurses in hospitals and clinics who are always in direct contact with patients and in handling the new technological equipment’s advanced to work with. They always have to undergo extra training to learn the new technologies and how to operate them. For instance, the 3- dimensional printing machines that require extra skill to handle effectively.
The article proved to be of significant help in understanding the research question. It forms the research questions on the levels of technostress. Such factors also help in establishing the new mechanisms to help ease to the problem of stress to nurses arising from the adoption of technology.
Technological advancements are of greater importance to the nursing field especially in easing the delivery of services to patients. However, adoption of the technology goes along with increased stress level to nurses and other clinicians who carry out the tasks. It is, therefore, significant to establish ways in which technology will be adopted at substantial levels. Failure to carry out these balances, nurses will always find it hard in trying to learn the new and stressful technologies.
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