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How Technology is Helping Travel Nurses

Recent health technology has transformed the way doctors, patients and nurses interact. In many places, electronic medical records and other newly adopted health care reforms have helped medical personnel make better diagnoses, provide improved chronic care and eliminate redundancies. Additionally, one area where EMRs and other modern technology are really helping is with traveling nurses, according to Virtual Strategy magazine.

EMRs help traveling nurses communicate
Leslie Brown, branch manager of healthcare staffing company Aureus Medical Group, told Virtual Strategy that the increasing amount of interoperability among EHRs at different facilities has made it much easier than it used to be for traveling nurses to communicate with doctors and other nurses. Traveling nurses can quickly look at a patient’s medical history, see the medication that he or she has been on, and communicate with their primary care physician.

This can make the entire process much safer and more efficient for everyone involved. Travel nurses no longer have to worry about chasing faraway or busy doctors down with phone calls. No messages can easily and securely be shared.

Although EHRs can be a great way to communicate and get information about patients, learning how to use these tools isn’t always simple for nurses, especially when they’re traveling. However, Brown explained that learning at work is just part of being a nurse.

“There is continuing education both online and in the classroom … but EMR training is best done on the job, hands-on,” Brown told the magazine. “Taking assignments that will teach different EMR systems will be the travelers’ best way to learn. Hospitals throughout the country use different charting systems, so the more they learn and know, the more marketable they will be for new assignments.”

Do you want to be a traveling nurse?
EHRs and other technology, along with the increased demand for nurses around the U.S., may make this the perfect time to become a travel nurse.

To become a travel nurse, you need to be at least a registered nurse, TravelNursing.org explained. However, because it is a competitive position, you may have a better chance of getting your ideal travel nursing position by earning your Master’s of Science in Nursing then traveling as a specialist.

Travel nurses usually find open positions through an agency and are able to travel around the U.S. to different areas of need. You can choose to spend time in large cities or rural clinics. It allows many people the opportunity to try working in an array of departments, such as intensive care or emergency.

Brown told Virtual Strategy that the most popular locations for travel nurses right now are in the American South as well as California, Oregon, Washington, Michigan and Massachusetts.

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