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Why healthcare providers need to embrace technology to support nurses

By Connie Moser, CEO, Navenio



In a healthcare landscape marked by mounting nursing workloads and persistent workforce shortages, the industry finds itself locked in an unrelenting battle to overcome these challenges. 

This urgent need for transformation in the healthcare sector has become increasingly apparent, with the NHS facing alarming staff shortages.

This comes as data revealed that there are now 43,339 unfilled roles in England’s registered nurse workforce, with the NHS waiting list growing 4 times faster than the number of nurses recruited.

Yet, amid all these challenges, a glimmer of hope emerges—the adoption of intelligent indoor location technology holds promise for providing support to nurses and therefore helping to ease nurse workloads, shortages, and, ultimately, churn.

Break the Current Cycle

One of the primary challenges faced by nurses is the constant pressure on their workloads.

This can be exacerbated, as they often find themselves navigating through complex hospital environments, searching for equipment, supplies, or even colleagues.

This inefficient use of time means that they can be hindered from doing what they do best, which is providing quality care to patients.

Real-time location technology (RTLS) offers a solution to this, by providing nurses with accurate and up-to-date information on the location of supporting staff and medical equipment.

By optimising patient care logistics through RTLS and intelligently matching the right resource,  in the right location to the right job to be done, nurses can experience improved efficacy in their day-to-day responsibilities.

Tasks, including urgent diagnostic imaging, are allocated based on proximity and priority, ensuring that imaging techs are in the right place at the right time to provide the necessary care.

This not only enhances patient outcomes but also contributes to increased job satisfaction among nurses, enabling them to maximise their time and focus on delivering quality care.

By leveraging this technology, healthcare providers can have a comprehensive view of the current location and availability of resources throughout the facility.

When a new task arises or a patient requires attention, the technology automatically identifies the resource who is closest and best skilled to complete the task needed to be performed.

This ensures that tasks are prioritised,  assigned and accepted promptly, minimizing delays and maximizing efficiency.

For instance, when a patient requires an MRI as part of their discharge plan, the technology intelligently matches the nearest available resource with the most efficient route to the patient and the equipment that they require.

Ultimately, saving time, improving patient experience and allowing nurses to focus on what they do best.

Staff Welfare and Better Patient Care

Nursing is a demanding profession that requires physical and mental stamina.

Nurses often face long shifts, heavy workloads, and high levels of stress, which can lead to burnout and dissatisfaction.

However, technology can play a crucial role in supporting nurses’ welfare and enabling them to provide better patient care.

Intelligent indoor location technology can track the movement and activities of nurses, allowing healthcare providers to identify patterns and trends that may impact their well-being.

For instance, if a nurse consistently spends excessive time in high-stress areas, steps can be taken to redistribute workload or provide additional support.

Moreover, technology can facilitate communication and collaboration among healthcare teams, enabling nurses to connect with colleagues and share information more efficiently.

This seamless exchange of data promotes better coordination of care, reduces errors, and enhances patient safety.

Embracing Digital Transformation

The benefits of location-aware technology for nurses and healthcare providers are clear.

By embracing digital transformation and implementing intelligent indoor location solutions, the healthcare industry can address the challenges posed by nurse shortages and create a supportive environment that empowers nurses to deliver optimal care.

By leveraging real-time location technology, nurses can streamline their workflows, minimize time spent on administrative tasks, and focus more on direct patient care.

This not only enhances their job satisfaction but also improves patient outcomes and safety.

As the healthcare industry continues to grapple with nursing shortages, embracing technology is crucial to support nurses in their day-to-day work.

Real-time location technology and intelligent indoor solutions offer practical ways to alleviate workload burdens, improve efficiency, and enhance the overall well-being of nursing staff.

By embracing these advancements, healthcare providers can revolutionise the industry, creating a positive impact on both nurses and patient care across the board.

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