A Glimpse of the Future

A Glimpse of the Future

Robyn Cook (Sidra Medical and Research Center, Qatar) and Jaime Bland (Sidra Medical and Research Center, Qatar)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-034-1.ch018
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In this the capstone chapter for the book a vision for the next 20 years is bought forward. The transformation of nursing is seen to take place in the context of continued debate related to focus and language of nursing and is supported by an informatics infrastructure and specialists. Web 2.0 technology is bought into practice and virtual worlds are grounds in which to learn and test practice. Point of care technology brings evidence to the bedside. This is a basic need in an era of personalised health care and real choice in healthcare.
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The Future

The application of evidence based practice, clinical governance and technology is an important factor the future of nursing practice and a premise of this chapter (Taylor and Allen 2007). The chapter will highlight the intersect between the arenas and how they are essential in the ongoing development of nursing practice. One hopes the future ensures the continued development of the art of nursing along with advancement in evidence based practice and nursing informatics. This will deliver the best for both the nursing profession and health care in general. The chapter has two themes, one addressing current barriers and the second addressing the empowerment of the consumer and introduction of new technologies. The chapter starts by highlighting the significant barriers that are currently impacting the integration of evidence based practice and nursing informatics into nursing practice. Brief vignettes will be provided on how the future may look when these issues are addressed. The second section will cover the growing empowerment of the consumer /patient, how new and future technologies support active participation in decision making, and the impact on nursing. Nursing has a central role in health care delivery, however to remain potent nurses need to continue the march of development that includes integrating aspects of person centeredness and technology to continue to impact positively on patient outcomes.

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