I think I’d be embarrassed if I really tracked in detail how much time I spent surfing the internet. I admit that a majority of it is for work, but I just spent the past hour comparing prices for Yo Gabba Gabba decorations for my daughter’s second birthday. It seems like I’m not alone as I randomly cruise the internet: the average adult spends about two and a half hours per day on the web. Students in an RN to BSN completion program are also part of these cyber researchers.
On Businesswire.com, a press release was posted that explained the need for Registered nurses (RNs), nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) focused websites. As the high cost and shortage of physicians is causing a rising need for RNs, NPs, and PAs, these medical professionals are turning to the internet to get much needed information to help care for their patients.
“Pharmaceutical and healthcare market research company Manhattan Research recently conducted a survey to assess the role these healthcare professionals play in patient care, and how they are using technology for information seeking, medical decision making and to obtain information and services… RNs, NPs and PAs surveyed report a median of 10 hours per week spent online for professional purposes… More than half of RNs online for professional purposes frequently use digital resources that are intended for physician audiences rather than nurses.”
“Taking the Pulse® Nurses v11.0 surveyed 1,018 U.S. practicing nurses and physician assistants online in Q2 2011 and can be segmented by more than 20 specialty areas, including diabetes, oncology and cardiology. Key topics in this year’s study include professional activities across multiple screens, such as iPads and smartphones; influence over patients and impact of Internet on their care; and electronic health records and e-prescribing.”
Nurses are taking a greater role in patient care and recovery. With iPhones in high demand and a new app seeming to hit the market every day, health care technology is growing in leaps and bounds as it makes information easily accessible. Online RN to BSN programs are also allowing nurses to further their education with the convenience of working around work and family schedules. It seems like now is the perfect time to enter the medical profession!
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