When Your Superpower is Nursing, Recharge At MEDITECH's Nurse Forum
MEDITECH’s 2019 Nurse Forum was all about the ways that nurses can continue their life-saving work, with real-world tools and strategies to quickly identify vulnerabilities for patients - and even for themselves.
We often talk about how nurses are on the front lines of patient care, but that entails a whole lot more than just blood draws and bed pans. Today’s nurses often act as advocates for their patients’ physical, social, and mental health needs - a responsibility that makes user-friendly technologies all the more important.
MEDITECH’s 2019 Nurse Forum was all about the ways in which nurses can continue their life-saving work, with real-world tools and strategies to quickly identify vulnerabilities for patients - and even for themselves.
Keynote Speaker Rich Bluni, RN, addressed the challenges of staying inspired and avoiding burnout, even as nursing responsibilities increase. He noted that clinicians don’t usually burn out because of the job itself, but because they become disconnected from the significance of their life’s work.
“The stories that nurses have, about why they do what they do, are bricks that form the foundation of who we are,” he said. “Avoiding burnout is all about staying connected to these meaningful moments . . . so start telling your story, because that will remind you of why you’re here.”
The second Keynote Address by Jeri Moomaw, founder and executive director of the Innovations Human Trafficking Collaborative, expanded on the higher mission of nursing as providing shelter and support for patients in dire need. Moomaw explained how victims of trafficking often present to the ER, but rarely make the scope of their situation known to providers.
“Individuals who are being trafficked have experienced complex, chronic trauma, which can distort their sense of reality and prevent them from articulating their true needs,” she said. “When we talk about the pivotal role of nurses, we are really talking about their importance in assessing these patients, asking basic questions about their happiness or safety, and offering crucial resources. Most importantly, nurses can let these patients know that the ED is always a safe space for them to come back.”
Many clinicians today are depending on their EHRs to help keep the focus on care for patients, as well as self-care for nurses. From identifying early signs of sepsis in the ER, to documenting in real-time at the patient bedside, to delivering individualized and recovery-based plans of care - this year’s education sessions told the stories of many MEDITECH nurses whose work has been enriched by technology innovations, rather than burdened by it.