From electronic medical records and patient self-tracking to informatics and minimally invasive procedures, healthcare is getting more and more high-tech. Here are some ways technology makes things better for patients, and nurses.
Technology is making medicine more efficient, and the more tools and gadgets that get developed, the more skilled medical professionals we need to operate them. If you consider yourself tech-savvy, you may want to consider specializing in one of these areas of nursing:
Help develop medical technology and train other nurses on the latest systems.
Cardiac Care Nurse
Perform electrocardiogram monitoring, and treat patients with pacemakers and other heart health technology.
Cardiac Cath Lab Nurse
Work in state-of-the-art cardiac labs, helping implant pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibillators (ICDs).
Use the latest surgical systems to monitor patients and coordinate care in the operating room.
Plastic Surgery Nurse
Work with the most minimally invasive techniques, assisting procedures ranging from dermabrasion to facial reconstruction.
Help screen for skin cancer, treat burn victims, and perform post-surgery treatments using the latest in laser technology.
Work with ultrasounds, MRIs, and the latest in radiation therapy.
Use the newest machines to monitor their patients’ vital signs.
Use new organ preservation systems and help monitor patients for complications like organ rejection.
Use apps and mobile technology to monitor patients during surgery and help with epidurals and other vein procedures.
Use the latest software to analyze patients’ genes, helping assess their risk for diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s.