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The role of digital technology in the delivery of patient care was accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic when remote triage and consultations became part of everyday practice in healthcare settings. Yet despite growing evidence that a digitally literate nursing workforce can support and enhance patient safety and outcomes, many nurses report a reluctance to engage in the use of digital technology.
Nursing Management. 31, 1, 5-5. doi: 10.7748/nm.31.1.5.s1
Published: 01 February 2024
Lack of confidence in digital skills and a lack of training are some of the barriers cited by nurses in a clinical article in this issue (page 27) and a recent online article: Improving nurses’ digital literacy and engagement with digital workflows through a data-driven education model (rcni.com/data-digital-literacy).
To help nurse leaders build their own and their teams’ confidence and understanding in digital technology in healthcare, we have launched a ‘digital nursing’ content theme.
Our aim is to encourage nurses who have successfully implemented digital technology in their workplace to write and publish articles with us that share best practice and inspire others.
‘As healthcare services come under pressure, it is important to take care of yourself and your teams’
Another new theme this year is ‘mental health’ which we hope will support nurse managers and leaders to look after their own well-being, as well as that of their staff.
As healthcare services come under pressure in these demanding and financially challenged times, it is more important than ever to take care of yourself and your teams.
We are now commissioning articles on these new topics, as well as on our pre-existing themes which include leadership, communication, and workforce, and welcome any expressions of interest from potential authors passionate about sharing their work. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to Author guidelines (page 42) for publishing articles with RCNi.
I look forward to hearing from, and working with, you in 2024.