Nurses are an incredibly kind, thoughtful, and skilled group of people. Many enter the profession as a kind of calling, feeling the need to help as many people as possible.
Unfortunately, many are now leaving the profession. They are suffering burnout – that phenomenon in which the nurse feels profound exhaustion, lost drive and motivation, anger, stress, or even depression. For many, burnout came in response to overwork and emotional trauma from the pandemic and, later, the current shortage of medical staff and personnel. This can spill onto the patients whose condition may worsen as a result. This puts more work on the remaining nurses, who then suffer burnout in a vicious circle with seemingly no way to escape.
One way hospitals are trying to minimize the effects of burnout is by implementing medical technology that is more user friendly. This comes with its own complications. Hospitals are a unique workplace. Sick patients and their germs, sensitive medical devices, and patient privacy means those off-the-shelf PCs at the local computer store just won’t cut it.
Hospitals know this, and the last thing anyone wants is for nurses to get further stressed out by their equipment. That’s why IT departments go to medical equipment manufacturers like Cybernet for their medical computers, tablets, and monitors. They make sure their products are built literally from the ground up to work in the setting and with staff with features like:
- Certified medical grade. Nurses take care of a lot of sick people, some in worse shape than others. The last thing they want is their computer equipment potentially shorting out vital medical devices. Medical computers that are medical grade are built to not interfere with those devices or potentially trigger any near flammable gas that can be found in an operating room.
- Keep cool using fanless technology. Nurses and their aids do a lot of cleaning during their shifts. The hospital-grade cleaners could potentially damage and even shut down a computer if it gets into the PC. This in turn could cause stress to nurses as the hospital scrambles to find a replacement, which sometimes can take days or weeks. Fanless computers, which keep cool without fans, don’t have such an issue.
- Being IP65 certified, nurses can sanitize the device as often as they need to. That’s because the front bezel has been sealed so that water or cleaning fluids can’t get directly into the delicate working of the PC. This removes another worry from the nurse’s mind.
Ending or reducing burnout among nurses hasn’t been boiled down to a science yet. There are simply too many variables to have a single, proven approach. A variable that is known are inefficiencies and problems like computer technology within the healthcare space. By tackling the issue with the right medical computer, hospitals can aid the nurses who already give up so much to help others.