In today’s day and age, both our professional and personal lives revolve around technology. Out of all of the industries that technology plays a crucial role in, healthcare is definitely one of the most important.
Healthcare professionals are responsible for improving and saving countless lives, so time is always of the essence. When you are a busy nurse on the floor and you need to locate a policy or procedure, finding it quickly is of the utmost importance. But, factor in having to flip through binders or file folders filled with policies, sometimes navigating the document is cumbersome and doesn’t happen as quickly as you need.
There is nothing nurses appreciate more than tools that help them perform their jobs more efficiently. This is why, when you’re out looking for the right software for your organization you should make sure it hits these three marks.
1. Superior Search Functionality
If you have a question–you ask Google. Most do; in fact, Google processes over one billion search requests every day. So why would you expect any less of, well, anything you use really. When nurses are on the front line and they need to pull up a policy or procedure on a dime, they should be able to. So, when searching for a policy management tool, make sure its search capabilities meet your expectations because when costly fines and lives are on the line you definitely don’t want to leave anything to chance.
2. Advanced Search Feature
In a healthcare setting, you can never be too safe. This is why from time to time, you’ll need to narrow down more specific search results. In a pinch, it’s important to be able to find exactly what you’re looking for, exactly when you need it. As such, nurses really appreciate products that allow them to select from a number of attributes to help zero-in on what they’re looking for in the shortest time possible. Imagine the benefit of knowing you can find what you are looking for quickly, without sifting through documents by hand or scrolling through document files–which can leave a lot of room for error.
3. Simple, User-Friendly Application
Another big plus for nurses are products that are easy to use–because, well, why wouldn’t it be? With multiple patients all with different requirements, nurses have a ton on their plate–and when lives and costly fines are in play there is no room for error. This is just one of the many reasons, ease of use is a must-have for nurses, but it’s also what will encourage user adoption. Ease of use is, of course, subjective, so look for features like large colorful tabs, clearly defined search areas, and having an organized and colour-coordinated system for quick identification.
It’s important that we consider our nurses and workload when choosing tools that will determine their work processes. Finding tools that meet their needs will ensure adoption, and will help your initiatives move along as planned.
Learn more about our policy management solution to discover if it’s the right one for you.