Support why information and technology skills are essential for safe patient care and identify essential information that must be available in a common data base to support patient care.
Patient care technology has become increasingly complex, transforming the way nursing care is conceptualized and delivered. Before extensive application of technology, nurses relied heavily on their senses of sight, touch, smell, and hearing to monitor patient health status and to detect changes. Over time, the nurses’ unaided senses were replaced with technology designed to detect physical and metabolic changes in patient conditions. This has eased the work of nurses as sometimes human senses could not absolutely provide the truest information needed. This prompts this paper to consider the significance of information and technology skills in ensuring that there is safe patient care as will be discussed robustly.