The effective use of information and digital technologies is a key enabler in delivering health and social care now and in the future. The impact of technology and the potential that is has to transform care is a professional issue impacting on care delivery, practice, education and research. It will be essential that nurses engage with these developments and seek new ways of working to deliver effective care.
In the 21st century health and social care landscape:
In order to meet the challenges and opportunities that digital technologies will bring to health and social care, attendees at two RCN Digital Summits in 2015 identified an aim that by 2020 every UK nurse should be an e-nurse. This would mean a nursing workforce alert to the possibilities offered by a rapidly changing digital environment and confident in their ability to influence this at all levels.
A resolution at RCN Congress 2016 was passed with the aim that every nurse should be an e-nurse. The concept of an e-nurse is that every nurse should have the skills to access the information they need to do their job. That concept can take many forms including access to information technology, access to training and using data to improve care.
The RCN eHealth Forum are developing a digital capabilities framework to promote and support the goal of every nurse being an e-nurse. You can find out more about the work of the forum on the forum section of the RCN website and via the RCN eHealth Forum Facebook group.