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Unique Nurse Identifier in EHR to Enhance Patient Care

Posted about 1 month ago

An article from the Online Journal of Nursing Informatics discussed the value of nursing care through the use of a unique nurse identifier. The article describes what a unique nurse identifier is, why it's important, and discusses

"Today, nursing’s contribution to the health and care of individuals and communities is difficult to measure and often invisible. This lack of visibility is due, in part, to the absence of a unique identifier for nurses. Nurse leaders have identified the need for a unique nurse identifier, without which the aggregation and use of data to improve nursing practice is not possible. Nurses and their employers need a mechanism to track nursing licensure across job and location changes throughout a nurse’s career. Hospitals and health systems need the ability to uniquely identify nurses in the EHR, enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, and other health IT systems for documentation, education, research and training purposes. "