All nurses should have the skills to be able to use electronic technology to help them in their work, according to a motion passed at the Royal College of Nursing’s annual conference.
A resolution was passed at RCN Congress in Glasgow calling on the union’s council to promote the concept that every nurse should be an “e-nurse”.
It was passed but the vote was closer than many of the other resolutions so far at this year’s conference. There were 61 abstainers and 68 votes against.
The resolution was submitted by the RCN’s E Health Forum, with Ian Ireland putting the case to delegates.
The forum described the concept of being an “e-nurse” as having the skills to access the information they needed to do their job.
It said the use of information and digital technologies is “key” in meeting the significant challenges in delivering health and social care now and in the future.
However, it warned that services have historically “absorbed” investment in technology without changing ways of working or debating “fundamental impact” it could have on professional practice.
“In order that care can be transformed, nurses and nursing need to engage with developments, and seek new ways of working in order to achieve progress,” stated the forum.
“It is a professional issue impacting on care delivery, practice, education and research,” it added.
The forum also noted that the RCN had held two summits last year on the digital health agenda, where attendees had set a goal that all nurses should be “e-nurses” by 2020.
That this meeting of Congress calls on RCN Council to promote the concept that every nurse should be an e-nurse