A unique clinical decision support tool designed for Australian and New Zealand nurses

The role of a nurse is complex as it continues to expand and change in response to modern healthcare demands. However, the qualities that make the most difference to patients – trust, competence and compassion – remain the same.

Busy schedules and simple lack of time also require nurses to manage their patient care and documentation activities efficiently.

Hospitals often do not have the resources or time to regularly develop new procedures and update existing ones, which means nurses may not have access to the latest evidence to inform their practice and clinical care. .

Over the past two years, nurses have faced tremendous challenges that continue to affect their physical and mental health. It is true that job dissatisfaction rates have increased among nurses during COVID-19, but this existed long before the pandemic as well. As a result, some nurses are simply fed up.

Survey data collected in March 2021 shows that burnout and stress were prevalent among half of respondents. Additionally, 21% of respondents said they went to work angry. In practice settings where PPE was in short supply, 48% said they were considering leaving healthcare altogether.

While some see it as a crisis, others see it as opportunities to meet new challenges. Senior nursing executives often describe the innovations that nurses have used to care for patients with COVID-19. But union members tell a different story, noting that many nurses are discouraged and do not receive support from higher levels of management.

It is estimated that about 5% of hospital nurses have left their posts since the start of the pandemic. This has significant implications for hospital administrators and others, as 56% of hospitals surveyed before the pandemic reported insufficient nursing staff to provide safe patient care.

The nursing workforce is projected to grow by 9% to 3,356,800 in 2030. And although enrollment in BSN programs increased by 5.1% in 2019, there are still not enough nurses to meet growing demand. According to a survey by the Association of Colleges of Nursing, more than 80,000 qualified BSN applicants were turned away from nursing school due to budget constraints, lack of faculty, clinical sites, classroom space, and clinical instructors.

Rapid access to current evidence-based knowledge enables nurses to make informed decisions and provide safer, more consistent bedside care.

Lippincott Advisor now offers an Australian and New Zealand adaptation that provides a single source of immediate, evidence-based, online nursing clinical decision support that:

  • Provides 24/7 point-of-care access for geographically specific diseases, incidences, diagnostic tests, medications, nursing considerations and resources.
  • Promotes a consistent standard of care with timely access to localized drug treatments and consumer information aligned with the Australian and New Zealand Handbook of Medicines and Nursing Scopes of Practice.
  • Empowers nurses with the knowledge and confidence to make clinical decisions and facilitate the delivery of care to culturally diverse populations to reduce misdiagnosis, medication errors and incorrect treatments.

Lippincott Advisor ANZ (Australia and New Zealand) is an evidence-based online clinical decision support tool for use at the point of care in five key areas:

  • Clinical diagnosis and treatment
  • Care planning
  • Educational materials for patients
  • Patient Teaching Navigator
  • Clinical leadership, development and advancement.

Lippincott Advisor ANZ helps nurses truly understand the whole patient picture, from disease status to the care provided to that patient and how to improve those outcomes, with access to over 1,800 synthesized monographs, drug information and documents to patients.

Benefits for hospitals and nurses include:

  • Provides immediate, evidence-based clinical decision support at the point of care
  • Eliminate time wasted from unreliable internet searches
  • Promotes efficient transitions of care, increasing patient safety
  • Reduces hospital readmissions with robust patient education resources
  • Quality indicators and quality improvement strategies.

Lippincott Advisor ANZ helps improve team performance, increase clinical knowledge and support skill development to reduce variability in care and improve patient outcomes.

Additionally, Lippincott® Procedures Australia complements Lippincott’s comprehensive nursing solution as a point-of-care guide that saves nurses time and provides safer, consistent and more efficient care.

It provides real-time access to step-by-step guides for up to 450 evidence-based procedures and skills in more specialties than any other procedure- and skills-based resource currently available.

The procedure guide reflects Australia’s nursing protocols, regulations, terminology, drug names and has been mapped to National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) standards which provide a consistent statement to national level of the level of care consumers can expect from health service organizations.

Lippincott Procedures Australia offers a single, trusted resource to guide care management decisions with best practices and protocols, eliminating the variability in care that can occur when clinicians work with multiple reference tools that may not offer standardized advice. .

Benefits for hospitals and nurses include:

  • Easy online access and seamless technology integration
  • Eliminate time wasted on unreliable internet searches or searching for protocols
  • Save valuable time spent creating, writing, reviewing and tracking all procedures
  • Promote more effective inter-collaborative professional practice
  • Empower clinicians with the knowledge and confidence to make informed clinical decisions
  • Improve patient outcomes, reduce errors, and promote consistent, standardized care across your hospital
  • Maintain compliance with National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) standards
  • Assess staff skills and adherence to standards
  • Promote effective and consistent communication on patient safety and quality of care
  • Increase time spent providing direct patient care

Wolters Kluwer Health has partnered with the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) to align Lippincott procedures with clinical workflows and practice models among Australia’s 377,000 nurses and midwives practicing in over 1,330 hospitals private and public.

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Norma A. Roth