By: Renee Rookwood, RN, BSN, MS, Clinical Informatics Lead, MITRE
I was recently on a mini-road trip with my two school aged kids and amazingly managed to find some time to read. One of those books, Switch, attempts to address the art of motivating change. We know that some changes are hard and some are easy, but why?
Even as a young cardiac nurse back in the 1990’s, I could see the power of the computer not being leveraged for my day-to-day battles taking care of patients in a busy hospital setting. Switching my bedside nursing career to informatics was one of those easy changes. Not only did the rationale part of my brain know that there must be a better way, but my heart was passionate about being involved in any way, shape or form.
I took that passion back to school to gain a master’s degree and I began to voraciously network and read. Ultimately, I started my informatics career at The MITRE Corporation based in McLean, Va. I quickly involved myself in policy work, privacy and security issues, clinical quality measures, patient safety analytics and the certification of electronic health records.
Again, this was one of the easier and enjoyable changes from a personal perspective, but what about the difficult changes facing the health IT industry?
“In almost all successful change efforts, the sequence of change is not ANALYZE-THINK-CHANGE, but rather SEE-FEEL-CHANGE (Heath & Heath, 2010).”
Who better to help us succeed as an industry and influence necessary changes than our nurses? Thank you for the opportunity to be the incoming Nursing Informatics Task Force chair,and I most look forward to learning how are you motivating change?
Renee Rookwood, RN, BSN, MS, Clinical Informatics Lead, MITRE