Telenursing: Is It in My Future?

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PURPOSE
The purpose of this assignment is to explore the specialty of telehealth, and more specifically telenursing, as one

example of the use of technology in various practice settings. Advantages and disadvantages for the patient and legal and

ethical principles for the nurse of this technology will be explored.
COURSE OUTCOMES
This assignment enables the student to meet the following course outcomes:
CO #2: Investigate safeguards and decision-making support tools embedded in patient care technologies and information

systems to support a safe practice environment for both patients and healthcare workers. (PO #4)
CO #6: Discuss the principles of data integrity, professional ethics, and legal requirements related to data security,

regulatory requirements, confidentiality, and client’s right to privacy. (PO #6)
POINTS
This assignment is worth a total of 200 points.
DUE DATE
Your completed paper is due at the end of Week 4. Submit it to the basket in the Dropbox by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. mountain

time. Post your questions to the weekly Q&A Forum. Contact your instructor if you need additional assistance. See the

Course Policies regarding late assignments. Failure to submit your paper to the Dropbox on time will result in a

deduction of points.
BACKGROUND
Our text (Hebda, 2013) provides us with a broad perspective on telehealth. However, the specialty of telenursing is only

briefly discussed. Healthcare is readily embracing any technology to improve patient outcomes, streamline operations, and

lower costs. This technology includes the use of various applications based in various environments where registered

nurses indirectly provide professional nursing care.
SCENARIO
The following scenario serves as the basis for your paper:
You have worked with Tomika for the past five years. Tomika shares with you that she has resigned and plans to work in an

agency that installs telemonitoring equipment into the homes of those with chronic illnesses. Nurses monitor the patients

using the equipment with the goal of detecting problems before patients need to be readmitted to the hospital. Tomika

will be working from her own home, with occasional meetings at the agency. She would not be visiting her patients in

their homes, but rather would be assessing and interacting with them via videoconferencing. She tells you that there are

still job openings and encourages you to apply.
You are intrigued by this, and decide to investigate whether telenursing would be a good choice for you, too. Is

telenursing in your future?
DIRECTIONS
1. You are to research (find evidence), compose, and type a scholarly paper that describes telenursing as described

above, and whether it is a good fit for you. Reflect on what you have learned in this class to date about technology,

privacy rights, ethical issues, interoperability, patient satisfaction, consumer education, and other topics. Your text

by Hebda (2013, Chapter 25) discusses telehealth in detail. However, your focus should be from the professional nurse’s

role in telenursing. Do not limit your review of the literature to only what you read in your text. Nurses in various

specialties need to know about the advantages and disadvantages of telenursing as it applies to their patients. For

example, when you discharge a patient from an acute care setting, will a telenursing service assist that individual with

staying out of the hospital? You may need to apply critical thinking skills to development of your paper. In the

conclusion of your paper, describe your current employment situation, and whether a job in telenursing would, or would

not, fit with your career goals and life situation once you graduate from Chamberlain.
2. Use Microsoft Word and APA formatting to develop your paper. Consult the Publication manual of the APA, 6th

editionif you have questions, for example, margin size, font type and size (point), use of third person, and so forth.

Take advantage of the writing service,Smarthinking, which is accessed by clicking on the link called the Tutor Source,

found under the Course Home tab.Also, review and use the various documents in DocSharing related to APA.

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