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Nursing Information System (NIS): A Tool for Qualitative Nursing Practice

AN David

Abstract


Health care is constantly changing and the public is seriously criticizing health practitioners especially nurses, for their inability to provide care that is qualitative, relevant to their needs and meet set standards. Since society is dynamic in terms of knowledge, needs and expectations of health care consumers and the level of technological development, the health care delivery has to be dynamic in order to remain relevant to society and effective in meeting the objectives for which it was set up. Increasing health care cost, nurse shortages, high patient acuity and the need for more accuracy in care create the need for an effective Nursing Information System. This paper therefore highlights the relevance of NIS in enhancing professional growth and efficiency in nursing practice. It also opens up the anticipated challenges and possible ways of addressing them.



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