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Nursing and the Informatics Agenda: Sheffield UK Symposium, 06 March 2012

A symposium titled “Nursing and the Information Agenda” will be held on Tuesday, 6 March 2012 at Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK.

This symposium brings together key speakers, including Peter Murray, CEO, International Medical Informatics Association; Richard Hayward, health executive, British Computer Society; Jane Smith, national clinical lead for nursing, Department of Health; Paula Procter, reader in informatics and telematics in nursing, Sheffield Hallam University, to consider

  • the changing environment in which nurses work
  • the role of ICT in providing better patient care, and
  • the implications for higher education institutions offering healthcare programmes.

The UK government has recently announced a new drive to free up nurses to provide better patient care. Nurses’ working environments are increasingly information intensive, so in order to allow more time for patient care, better ways of managing information must be found. Information and communications technologies (ICT) can help determine more efficient ways of collecting and synthesising health data, ensure this information is available in a timely fashion, and also free up nurses to focus more on patient care. However, in order to derive the benefits, nurses must be equipped with the knowledge and skills to use such ICT competently. This poses new challenges for higher education institutions who are charged with developing practice-ready nurses.

Paula will give an overview of Sheffield Hallam’s response to providing education that meets these changing needs through Systems of eCarehttp://www.shu.ac.uk/business/work-with-us/ecare-module  – an online module that is currently available to over 2,000 undergraduate students at the University

This event is free, but places are limited. Full details, and booking form, are on the website at http://www.shu.ac.uk/ad/hwb/nursingsymposium/ so those interested are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment. The event is on 06 March, 12:30–3:30pm
 at Room 5541, Howard Building, Sheffield Hallam University, City Campus.

January 27, 2012 - Posted by | conference, education, nursing, UK | , , ,

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