Nurses’ Capacity to Care is Boundless, But Their Time is Not. RTLS Can Help.National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from National Nurses Day (on May 6) through May 12 (the birthday of Florence Nightingale). I just heard the Kaiser Permanente Nurse’s Week radio spot and it’s really incredible. I’ve loved the @Kaiser “Thrive” campaign since its inception, and this is one that really stood out for me.
For Awarepoint, Real-time Location Systems (RTLS) provide far more than just a financial ROI -- one that has to do with nurses and not taking time away from their ability to care.
Yes, RTLS enables hospital administrators the ability to increase oversight of millions of dollars worth of hospital-owned equipment to maximize their financial benefits. But, isn’t the true mission of any hospital really centered around the ability to provide quality care?
Yes, financial returns are indeed important. A hospital CFO once said to me “there’s no mission without money”. RTLS provides financial returns on increasing equipment utilization, reducing rentals, and impacting lost or misplaced equipment which are typically enough to pay for the system. These business drivers are the financial catalyst for getting an RTLS project approved.
But the real bottom line of any hospital technology is its impact on quality of care – and who impacts that more than hospital nurses?
No one wants nurses to spend their day dealing with equipment problems. RTLS helps provide the right equipment, in the right place at the right time, with nurses focused on patients instead of equipment. RTLS allows them to do what they do best (and what we all count on for ourselves and our loved ones) – care for people! More direct patient face time and a safer environment to provide care are the “soft” savings associated with RTLS, but in my opinion, really the most important ones.
Happy Birthday Florence Nightingale and Happy National Nurses’ Week!