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Tuesday May 16, 2023  |  Luke Marinac

How EHRs Enhance Care Planning for Nurses

Over the weekend, the world celebrated International Nurses Day, which commemorates the birth of Florence Nightingale, a pioneer of modern nursing.

During the Crimean War, Florence Nightingale revolutionized nursing by implementing hygiene practices and improving hospital management in ways that would define the healthcare industry for decades. Known as the "Lady with the Lamp," she tirelessly cared for wounded soldiers and advocated for public health policy reforms that would transform medicine and solidify the nursing profession as a cornerstone of modern care delivery.

Today, nurses continue to play a crucial role in advancing the quality of care for patients around the world. Built upon Florence Nightingale’s reforms, nursing has grown to encompass a number of modern care modalities and responsibilities.

Mounting Pressures

While the scope of the nursing profession has never been greater, demand for skilled healthcare professionals, particularly in nursing, remains a pressing concern.

An aging population, coupled with retiring nurses, has contributed significantly to the ongoing shortage of care providers. Efforts such as expanding full-practice authority and prioritizing community-based care have seen limited success in addressing this demand. Still, healthcare organizations should explore the potential for new technologies to retain and empower these essential care providers.

Supporting Nurses

Nurses face increasing job demands and patient loads. They need access to supportive resources that allow them to spend less time on administrative tasks and more time making a positive impact at the bedside.

Despite the remarkable advancements in healthcare technology, poor user experience has become a significant source of nurse burnout. Nurses rely on technology to inform their evidence-based practices (EBP), including assessments, nursing diagnoses, planning, implementation, and evaluation.

When a cumbersome EHR gets in the way, the solution has become the problem.

Nursing Care Plans

Care plans are a good place to start thinking about how healthcare leaders can improve the experience for nursing staff. These are structured documents that outline the individualized care provided to patients. A carefully crafted, monitored, and executed care plan helps nurses balance external pressures and deliver patient-centered care.

Even patients with the same ailment may respond differently to care plans due to the dynamic nature of nursing diagnoses, treatments, and responses. As a result, nursing care plans often require adjustments. Managing patient care plan changes necessitates intuitive systems like electronic health records (EHRs), which effectively facilitate this adaptive science.

The Role of Electronic Health Records (EHRs)

Care plans and the tools used to create and manage them should function in ways that enable nurses to spend their time more meaningfully. An EHR that supports nurses must include the following features:

  • Customization to align with hospital workflows
  • Integration with other healthcare data technologies
  • Integration with patient engagement tools
  • Real-time notifications within assessments
  • Intuitive alerts and visual indicators
  • Timed worklists and built-in nurse support systems
  • Clear documentation prompts
  • User-friendly data fields

At MEDHOST, we understand the importance of having nurses as part of our team, serving as managers, product specialists, and trainers. Nurses bring a unique perspective to the healthcare industry, and their experience and expertise are invaluable to our efforts to improve patient care. It is essential to recognize the importance of nurses in leadership roles and support their efforts to enhance patient care as the healthcare industry evolves.

To learn more about how MEDHOST supports hospitals and clinicians in delivering patient-centered care, achieving positive outcomes, and enhancing patient satisfaction, please contact or call 1.800.383.6278.

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