Technological Proficiency: Must-Have Digital Skills for Today’s Travel Nurse

Written by Health Providers Choice on Thursday, March 07, 2024 Posted in On the Job

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The stethoscope may be a timeless symbol, but the modern nurse wields a new arsenal: a keyboard, a tablet, and a mastery of digital tools. The healthcare landscape is rapidly changing, and nurses who can navigate this digital frontier are no longer just desired but essential. From understanding complex electronic health records (EHRs) to collaborating remotely with colleagues and patients, technological proficiency is now a must-have skill for travel nurses.

Mastering electronic health records

In healthcare’s digital age, patient information is predominantly stored in EHRs. Knowing how to use these systems is crucial for travel nurses, who often must adapt to different EHRs across various systems or networks.

Here are some tips for mastering EHRs — including systems you might never have encountered before:

  • Embrace adaptability: Be prepared to learn new systems quickly and efficiently. Many hospitals offer training programs and online resources to help you become acquainted with their specific EHRs. Take advantage of these opportunities.
  • Seek out support: Don’t hesitate to ask for help from colleagues, educators, or IT professionals if you encounter difficulties. Try to pick up tips where you can and be attentive to how others explain and use the EHR system.
  • Become a pro at navigating interfaces: Familiarize yourself with common features like searching, charting, and accessing patient data. Identify keyboard shortcuts and other efficiency hacks to optimize your workflow.
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Learning telehealth and communication tools

Telehealth is gaining a foothold in digital care delivery. Travel nurses must be comfortable using different telehealth platforms and communication tools, such as video conferencing for virtual consultations, secure messaging for collaborating with care teams, and collaborative apps for sharing patient data and documentation. Effective online communication is also key.

While many of these platforms are intuitive, a few skills can help you succeed:

  • Utilize communication tools. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the functions and capabilities of various telehealth platforms used at your assignment.
  • Practice online etiquette. Maintain professionalism in your communication and be mindful of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations when sharing patient information.
  • Leverage technology for collaboration. Immerse yourself in the facility’s digital ecosystem to learn internal and external communication channels.

Staying up to date with industry trends

A decade ago, EHRs and telehealth tools were in their infancy. Now, they’re at the forefront of care. What will tomorrow’s technologies bring? To stay relevant and competitive, travel nurses must commit to continuous learning and to staying informed about emerging technology.

Some of the best strategies for adapting with technology include:

  • Exploring online resources: Numerous online courses, webinars, and professional journals offer valuable insights into emerging and evolving healthcare technologies.
  • Attending conferences and workshops: Participate in industry events to network with peers, learn from experts, and discover new technologies shaping the future of nursing.
  • Embracing lifelong learning: Develop a growth mindset and actively seek opportunities to expand your digital skill set across each new assignment.

Evolving with technology

Adopting the latest digital tools isn’t just about keeping up with the times; it’s about unlocking new possibilities in patient care and your career. As technology continues to evolve, so will the opportunities for tech-savvy travel nurses. Dust off your keyboard, dive into online courses, and see how mastering new tools can transform your experience as a traveler.

Looking for opportunities to flex your technical skills as a travel nurse? Your Health Providers Choice recruiter can help you find contracts that fit your skillset and expand your proficiency with today’s digital technologies. Contact us online or call 888-299-9800 to learn more.
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