By Mary Walters
Nursing researcher Pammla Petrucka says: "The primary goal of the program is to improve care for patients with hypertension, diabetes, HIV and AIDS. However, the introduction of the PDAs has a range of other potential demonstrable impacts - on nursing knowledge, nurses' feelings of empowerment and staff retention, for example."
A Canadian program that distributes
personal digital assistants (PDAs) to nurses
in publically funded hospitals on five
Caribbean islands is transforming how nurses gain
access to health-care information and manage
The initiative provides groups of nurses and nursing students in Dominica, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Barbados and the Dominican Republic with wireless access—and often their first computer access—to the latest nursing knowledge, diagnostic tools, treatment options and networking resources. In conjunction with the handheld units, the nurses are also able to feed data back to central computers, ultimately contributing to further improvements in the region’s patient care.
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