Nurses are a central part of the use of technologies in health care.
As such, telenursing is not a new role for nurses. There is evidence
of existence of the role of telenurses for more than 25 years. In
fact, any nurse who has provided guidance, education, or lab results
over the telephone has taken part in telenursing. However, telenursing
can also include more sophisticated systems than the telephone,
such as two-way audio and video systems, Internet, satellite, and
other communication systems.
is gaining increasing attention as the role of the telenursing is
being realized. iTelehealth has played a role in some ground-breaking
initiatives in telenursing:
Due to the world-wide
nursing shortage, the Nursing Telehealth Applications Initiative
(NTAI) was conceptualized and initiated in an effort to find new
ways to deliver health care and nursing education. Through this
initiative, iTelehealth was able to research feasibility, and ultimately
pilot the Virtual Clinical Practicum®, a program to provide clinical
education to nursing students at a distance. This ground-breaking
research has shown the VCP® to be a viable option to address some
of the issues in nursing education.
Also part of
the NTAI was the 2004-2005 International Role Study, in which telenurses
from around the world were surveyed in order to assess the current
state of telenursing along with international aspects of telenursing
preparation and practice. The web-based survey was answered by 719
nurses in 36 countries who work with telehealth technologies. The
survey responses helped researchers to identify the characteristics
of telenurses, satisfaction with current roles, information related
to knowledge and skills, opinions on education in telehealth, and
perceptions of the impact of telenursing. A unique survey, the results
paint a picture of the profession as a whole. Furthermore, the results
of this global survey were used to create the ICN's International
Competencies for Telenursing, which offer unity and standards to
the telenursing profession as a whole.
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Telenursing Working Group
is proud to be involved in the formation and foundation of the International
Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (ISfTeH) Telenursing Working
Group. The Working Group is aimed at advancing telenursing practice
internationally by involving nurses in telehealth applications.
The international telenursing network was formed with the endeavor
of increasing adoption of telehealth, sharing knowledge, and increasing
collaboration and education among telenurses internationally.
For more information
or to become a member of the Telenursing Working Group, visit http://www.isft.net/cms/index.php?telenursing
Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of national nurses' associations
that represents nurses in more than 128 countries. The overall purpose
of the organization is to advance the nursing profession, influence
health policy, and represent nurses worldwide. ICN has several networks
in place for the exchange of knowledge and expertise among nurses
in a particular clinical area.
has been recognized as an important factor in meeting ICN's goal
of the advancement nursing practice around the world, and iTelehealth
has been instrumental in the development a Telenursing Network.
The goals of the network include increasing the involvement of nurses
in the development and use of telehealth technologies, while serving
as a platform for collaboration, education, and support related
For more information
on the ICN Telenursing Network, visit http://www.icn.ch/telenursing_network.htm
Inc. supports the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH)
and the Nightingale Declaration as the key step for uniting
nurses via the Internet to revolutionize healthcare delivery. Nurses
everywhere are charged with working efficiently and effectively
to build a healthy world. This seemingly daunting task, building
a healthier world, can be achieved through collaboration and cooperation
between nurses across the globe. It is imperative that nurses unite
on a local, national, and even global scale, and the Nightingale
Declaration aims to achieve this unity.
Declaration is a powerful catalyst for advancing the practice of
nursing on a global scale in order to create a healthier world.
With telecommunications technologies to connect nurses to each other
and to their patients, we can begin to work together and meet the
goals of NIGH, regardless of geographic location. Using telehealth
technologies, we can reach out to nurses and our patients in the
most remote locations in the world.
To learn more
about the NIGH, or to sign the Nightingale Declaration, please visit
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