When we asked our community to describe the most interesting technology they’ve used on the job, we got two kinds of answers. Some of our nursing assistants talked about innovations that directly impact patient care while others focused on tech that makes the job itself easier. Based on their feedback, we’ve compiled a list of the top 4 technologies appreciated by nursing assistants caring for patients daily.
We got a lot of votes for the ADL tracker, which allows CNAs to keep track of everything from a patient’s vitals and history to his dietary needs, sleep habits and appointments. This device is crucial for keeping everything organized and preventing mistakes. It also makes it easier for CNAs to enter data on the go, so they aren’t wasting time they could be using for patient care.
Patient lifting equipment
A few nursing assistants mentioned patient lifting equipment such as the hoyer lift, electronic lift systems operated by remote control and smart beds. Lifting patients can be hard work (and not great for your back!) so technology that makes it easier to get patients in and out of bed is a godsend for CNAs.
Point Click Care
It seems that nursing assistants really like Point Click Care! Terri even told us that she “loves it to death.” The cloud-based system helps keep track of patients’ medications and connects to physicians and pharmacies. Point Click Care allows for quick and well-informed decision-making for better care.
Computers and phones
Although not exactly new technologies, computers and phones are at the core of much of a nursing assistant’s work. They allow for easy charting, quick clocking-in and simple daily task lists. No more losing papers, misplacing pens or spending time on paperwork. It’s all done in the blink of an eye with portable devices or desktop computers.
Just a few short years ago, many of these technologies were a far-away dream, and now they are improving the lives of patients and those who care for them. What technologies are on your wish-list?