That moment a nurse never forgets

  • Kerry D. Bruning, RN, BSN, MBA
  • 05/05/2016

Every nurse has at least one eye-opening experience that changes them forever. One of mine happened in a pediatric oncology unit almost 20 years ago. I was taking care of a seven-year-old boy, Jack*, who was recovering from a bone marrow transplant. Weakened by intense radiology and chemotherapy treatments, he had been unresponsive for several days. Despite his illness, Jack was an optimist. He was raising money to buy a bicycle so he could ride home from the hospital one day. Jack made and sold buttons for 50 cents each to help reach his goal. When I was doing rounds one night, I dropped two quarters in the jar next to his bed and took a button. I pinned it to my scrubs and gave the jar a shake to let Jack know he was one step closer to that […]


3 EHR improvements nurses most want to see

  • Kerry D. Bruning, RN, BSN, MBA
  • 05/07/2015

HIMSS Analytics conducted a survey of nurses, uncovering what they like (and what they don’t like) about electronic health records (EHRs). One of the results shocked me: about 15% nurses wanted to go back to paper-based medical records, and another 15% said they weren’t sure if they’d go back or not. I flashed back to my experience as a pediatric oncology nurse on the night shift. For example, when a patient’s fluid intake and output didn’t match up, I had to figure out if it was a miscalculation. I could spend 90 minutes poring over a spreadsheet trying to find the math error. It got me thinking. Where are EHRs coming up short? What makes nurses want to return to paper? Based on the top three reasons indicated in survey results, I have a few theories: 1) Easier to find […]


What nurses like most (and least) about today’s EHRs

  • Kerry D. Bruning, RN, BSN, MBA
  • 05/05/2015

In honor of International Nurses Day (May 12) and Nurses Week in the U.S. this week, Allscripts is highlighting the results of a recent HIMSS Analytics survey. We wanted to know: What do nurses really think of electronic health records (EHRs)? I’m encouraged that the results were generally positive. Remembering how difficult it was to use paper records as a pediatric oncology nurse, I wholeheartedly agree. Some of the highlights include: Nurses are generally positive about EHRs, and most agree: EHRs help improve patient safety and avoid medication errors (72%) Nurses would not consider going back to paper-based medical records (71%) Mixed results on how EHRs affect collaboration: EHRs help enable collaboration with other clinicians inside their organizations (73%) Only about half of nurses agree that EHRs enable collaboration with clinicians outside their organizations (49%) Nurses are less likely to agree […]


  Nursing is a growing profession. In the United States, there are 2.7 million registered nursing jobs today, and experts predict an increase of 19% by 2022. Both Australia and the United Kingdom are working to address workforce shortages. As the industry continues to change, nurses can prepare today to make the most of tomorrow’s opportunities. To help honor the profession during Nurses Week (May 6 – 12), we interviewed nursing leaders around the world. Here are some of the highlights of what they shared on this subject: What should nurses do today to help them prepare for changes coming over the next 2-3 years? “I believe nurses have to position themselves to be there very best. What does that mean? Nurses need to have advanced degrees — at minimum a Bachelor’s degree perhaps even a Master’s degree and looking […]

Allscripts celebrates Nurses Week by sharing wisdom from nursing leaders.

  Nurses are on the front lines of all aspects of health care. Their many responsibilities include adopting and making the most of new technologies and electronic systems. To help honor the profession during Nurses Week (May 6 – 12), we interviewed nursing leaders around the world. Here are some of the highlights of what they shared on this subject:   What healthcare IT improvement(s) would be most helpful to nurses? Or how can IT help nurses?   “Machine device interfacing to online records and documentations would be most helpful to nurses as this would truly provide the much touted seamless transition of patient data from point to point and free the nurses to focus on patient education and bedside care. “Not only that, with the creation of a single source of medical records which is accessible by all healthcare […]


  Nursing is the world’s largest healthcare profession. As the industry evolves to new models (such as value-based care*), it significantly affects nurses in acute settings, home care, case management, clinics and all venues of care. To help honor the profession during Nurses Week (May 6 – 12), we interviewed nursing leaders around the world. Here are some of the highlights of what they shared on this subject: How is health care’s shift to value-based models affecting nurses in your organization? “I think in a positive way. We focus on communication and on setting and sharing expectations, using value-based equations to explain why these are the right things to do. We work hard to make sure our goals tie together – from the University of California, to the department, to the individual. “For example, about 18 months ago we held […]


Trends in Nursing: Q&A with Healthcare Leaders

  • Marty Luzer, RN, MNEd
  • 05/06/2013

The founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, earned the nickname “The Lady with the Lamp” from this report in The Times: She is a ‘ministering angel’ without any exaggeration in these hospitals, and as her slender form glides quietly along each corridor, every poor fellow’s face softens with gratitude at the sight of her. When all the medical officers have retired for the night and silence and darkness have settled down upon those miles of prostrate sick, she may be observed alone, with a little lamp in her hand, making her solitary rounds. (Cited in Cook, E. T. The Life of Florence Nightingale) Reading this account, I instantly recognize the nobility of nursing. The tireless efforts and commitment to patient care remain the same. But beyond its focus on patients, nursing is a dynamic profession – always innovating. In honor […]