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How to roll out technology


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The last few postings I have discussed the how my unit is implementing a new computer system, and how important preparation is when looking for a job.  I talked about how I thought the computer rollout was going to go down in flames due to the inadequate training that was available.

Well….I was wrong.  My staff was awesome.  The rollout went without a hitch on my unit.  The staff was open and ready despite the training.

I attribute this all to being prepared.  I prepped my staff for this for the past month.  Daily email reminders to get their training completed.  Daily huddles to remind the staff of the upcoming changes.  Even a threat or two that they could not work if their training was not complete (for those of you that take me too seriously, that was a little joke…actually I did, but I would not have followed through).

Preparing my staff was the key to success.  I probably over-prepared them because I was so worried about the system, but it was the right thing to do.

So, like I said in the previous posts, preparation in the key to success in everything you do as a nurse.  Prepping for tests while you are in nursing school, prepping for the NCLEX, prepping for a job interview, prepping for your first day of work or for every nursing task you will perform as nurse throughout your career.

So, as usual, I was right…..except, I still haven’t finished my own training.  Don’t tell my staff please.

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Rob Cameron

Rob Cameron is currently a staff nurse in a level II trauma center. He has primarily been an ED nurse for most of his career, but he has also been a nurse manager for Surgical Trauma and Telemetry unit. He has worked in Med/Surg, Critical Care, Hospice, Rehab, an extremely busy cardiology clinic and pretty much anywhere he's been needed. Prior to his career in nursing, Rob worked in healthcare finance and management. Rob feels this experience has given him a perspective on nursing that many never see. He loves nursing because of all the options he has within the field. He is currently a grad student working on an MSN in nursing leadership, and teaches clinicals at a local university. Away from work, Rob spends all of his time with his wife and daughter. He enjoys cycling and Crossfit. He is a die hard NASCAR fan. Sundays you can find Rob watching the race with his daughter.

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