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Book Review: ‘The Nerdy Nurse’s Guide
to Technology’

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Do you panic when faced with learning a new electronic charting system? Become tachycardic at the thought of social media?

If you’re experiencing symptoms such as newly onset anxiety, elevated blood pressure, or nausea anytime you’re in close proximity to a computer, I have a diagnosis for you: You’re technologically-phobic.

But before you completely freak out, rest assured. Technologo-phobia is a common disorder. It’s not your fault. And there’s a non-invasive procedure that can cure you for good.

Enter “The Nerdy Nurses Guide To Technology,” packed with a pre-measured and pre-calculated antidote. All you have to do is open and read.

The Nerdy Nurse’s Guide to Technology,” written by Brittney Wilson, RN, BSN, and published by Sigma Theta Tau International, is a no-nonsense guide to all things computer and technology related. Wilson is a nurse who blended her love for technology with her love for nursing; she specializes in informatics and passionately bridges the gap between the electronic and clinical world. You may have read her work on The Nerdy Nurse.com, where she delves into everything from social media to technological advances to issues in nursing.

Brittney Wilson, RN, BSN

“The Nerdy Nurse’s Guide To Technology” is a roadmap for nurses who feel like they’re on the outside looking in when it comes to technology and electronics. But even technologically savvy nurses can learn tools and tricks they didn’t know before.

In an engaging format, Wilson takes you through the role technology will continue to play in healthcare delivery. With her guide, you’ll finally understand what a search engine is, you’ll learn how to get the most out of Google for your clinical and academic work, you’ll discover the wealth of utility that social media platforms offer. And if you have no idea what the heck RAM and GB means in the computer world, Wilson’s got that covered, too. The reading is broken up by Nerdy Notes and Tech Tips, helpful bits of info that highlight various pieces of knowledge to help you excel in the technological world.

“A server is like a supercomputer that houses large amounts of data, program files, settings, and other information needed. This is where the patient records are ultimately stored. The network is the connection that the computers have within the hospital. This can be an intranet (internal to the hospital only) or an extranet (allowing access to the Internet).”

She also combats a common fear that concerns many when it comes to electronic documentation: What if it fails? Don’t worry, that’s just your illness talking.

“If the system goes down, you will follow established downtime procedures. If the power goes out, backup generators will kick on, and the system will continue to run. What if the Zombie Apocalypse hits and all power and utilities cease to function? At that point, you’ve got bigger fish to fry than trying to chart on your patients.”

When it comes to technology, we all have something we can learn.  Let “The Nerdy Nurse’s Guide to Technology” be your patient teacher.

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Meaghan O'Keeffe, RN, BSN #

    Absolutely. A helpful guide for anyone who wants to know more about technology but doesn’t no quite where to start.

    January 28, 2014
  2. Deanna #

    This sounds like a good book for more than just us nurses. I am retired now but I think it would be a help.

    January 27, 2014