Telemedicine Improves Job Satisfaction
Massive shifts are occurring throughout both the nursing profession and its future patients. It has been described as a nationwide nursing shortage for some time now due to the rapidly growing population of senior citizens and a nursing turnover rate that can’t seem to keep up. Retaining young, qualified nurses has never been more challenging. According to a 2013 Survey of Registered Nurses, younger nurses feel that electronic medical records have a positive influence on job satisfaction, productivity, time management and the quality of patient care. In other words, telemedicine comes through once again.
Telemedicine Lowers Turnover Rates
Results from the aforementioned survey, along with other studies, will show that current and future nurses will rely on the latest technology more and more. Yet, telemedicine has already taken hold with nurses of all ages. The longer a facility has been using telemedicine, the more likely its nurses have grown accustomed to it. As a result, they perceive it to be useful. According to a three-year study by the Pennsylvania Homecare Association and Penn State University, home health agencies that have been using telemedicine have lower turnover rates. Those without telemedicine showed a 19% turnover rate, while those with telemedicine have experienced the lower rate of 11%.
Telemedicine Builds Bridges
Something must be said for the vast experience wielded by veteran nurses who performed their duties for decades without telemedicine. It cannot be replaced. Nurses at the start of their career, with 3-5 years of experience under their belt, are not presuming to do anything of the sort. Instead, they are embracing the true mission of telemedicine. As we have previously stated in so many ways, telemedicine does not replace anything. It bridges gaps. It establishes links. This interconnectivity is what the nurses of tomorrow have been eating, breathing and sleeping since birth. Numbers from the study have only reinforced the notion of nurses of a specific age range embracing electronic medical records.
At their own facility, nurses were asked if the use of EMRS affected their job satisfaction. Nurses over the age of 55 had the lowest positive response, with 45%. That number increases slightly, to 51%, among nurses age 40-54. Meanwhile, nurses age 19-39 answered in the affirmative with a rate of 67%. Productivity and time management were positively linked to EMRs by 60% of younger nurses, as compared to 38% of older nurses. There are also numbers related to quality of patient care but let’s discuss that separately.
Telemedicine Improves Quality of Patient Care
When asked if EMRs positively influence the quality of patient care, nurses age 19-39 may have answered in the affirmative at a rate nearly 20% higher than their older counterparts. Nevertheless, does it really take a survey to see the correlation between the job satisfaction of a nurse and the quality of a patient’s care? How many of us perform first-rate work when we are dissatisfied with our job? While others continue to work on solving the nursing shortage, others must work even harder on ensuring the job satisfaction of the nurses we do have. Telemedicine will continue to be efficient and accommodating, like the greatest co-worker any nurse could ask for.