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A new online resource has been launched to help nurses lead the use of emerging digital tools across health and social care.
The Royal College of Nursing has created the new online platform to help demystify the role of digital technology in the profession and show nurses how they can access skills training in this area.
“We hope the resource will provide an opportunity for nurses to embrace new and emerging technologies”
Professor Dawn Dowding
Led by the RCN eHealth Forum, the resource offers nurses a series of video and audio case studies where nursing staff explain how they have used digital skills and tools to make improvements in the workplace.
Those behind the project hope it will help the workforce to better understand the range of nursing roles that are appearing as a result of the digital transformation across health and social care, which has been accelerated in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The online platform also explores different career paths for nurses in the digital field and points to useful resources – including courses and access to peer support networks.
The move comes after a survey of RCN members in 2018 highlighted that nurses wanted to be a part of digital transformation but faced barriers which prevented them fully embracing new technology.
Professor Dawn Dowding, professor in clinical decision making and RCN eHealth Forum member, said: “Digital roles are really important for nursing because digital technology is everywhere in the health and social care environment.”
She also stressed the importance of nurses understanding “how they can use that technology more effectively for patient care”.
“I hope that people use this resource as a way of understanding the variety of different opportunities available to them,” added Professor Dowding.
“We hope the new resource will provide an opportunity for nurses to embrace the new and emerging technologies and help them go further in their careers.”