Despite the vast changes that have occurred inside many hospitals and clinics, much of the nursing protocol has remained the same. Nursing care plans continue to be delivered from nurse to nurse in order to guarantee the safety of the patients as their primary nurse’s shift ends. However, the method of delivery, and the type of nursing care plans have changed as technology has advanced. We do not have to rely on bits of paper and notepads to deliver important messages but can instead rely on more technologically savvy methods such as computers and computer boards to deliver messages.
Much like flight boards at airports, nursing care plans in the future should consist of a similar layout at the nurse’s station, so that all nurses are aware which patients are coming, going, have eaten, and need their prescriptions. Rather than passing this information on to just once nurse, this method of relaying nursing care plans will be able to inform all nurses of the status of critical patients or any other type of patient. By manually passing on information, much nursing care plans run the risk of getting lost in transmission, thereby leading to dire consequences when patients do not receive the service they need in the clinic.
Slowly but surely, the entire medical community is going “online”. Medical documents are now almost exclusively found in computerized form, stemming away from the paper form these documents took only a few years ago. This allows doctors and nurses to easily back up files and access them without the clutter of thousands of papers around the reception area. Patient’s histories are typically the highest amount of papers that go through clinics and hospitals, but nursing care plans additionally take up a lot of clutter when compared to the hundreds of other plans that exist at the same hospital. Rather than continue to use this unorganized method, nurses have increasingly begun to rely on the help of the internet and computers in general to get them through the day.
Ensuring that patients receive the best health care is the most important aspect in becoming a nurse, and nursing care plans are only a fraction of this burden. Patients trust their lives with both doctors and nurses, in and out of recovery, and nursing care plans (electronically or manually) help guarantee that patients’ safety remains the top priority of hospital staff.