Good Evening Class and Professor,
Advancement in health tech innovations have revolutionized the health care industry and has greatly impacted all professions in health care as well as lives of countless people. Technology has changed many aspects on how nurses deliver care enabling nurses to care for patients away from the bedside. Telehealth allows health care providers to provide their services using technology such as the Internet, web cameras for video conferencing, telephones, and other electronic media. Telenurses continue to assess, plan, intervene, and evaluate outcomes of nursing care but with the use of technologies requiring expertise on its use in order to deliver care (Hebda & Czar, 2019). Establishing privacy is one of the considerations health care providers must make to maintain confidentiality and so providers have to make sure conversations cannot be overheard. Telehealth is not without legal, ethical, and regulatory issues. Nurses who practices telenursing must be licensed in that states in which they provide telehealth care to patients (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2018). Licensure of telehealth providers is a major barrier in the use of telehealth because each state has its own regulatory board for licensing nurses. Potential impact on my nursing practice is expanding my nursing services to the community setting as perhaps one day discharged patients cared for in my medical-surgical unit can contact a nurse through telephone or video conference for any health concerns or additional education/clarification on their treatment plans.
Hebda, T., & Czar, P. (2019). Handbook of informatics for nurses & healthcare professionals (6th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.
McGonigle,D. & Mastrian, K. (2018). Nursing informatics and the foundation of knowledge
(Ed.4). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.