Survey says…

May/June 2017   Comments

Marc Bourgeois
When the previous federal government decided in 2010 to scrap the mandatory long-form census, academics, business leaders and the health professions were among those calling for the prime minister to reconsider this decision. There were many who were concerned the lack of data coming out of the voluntary National Household Survey would cause decision-makers to develop and adopt public policies that would have a negative impact on Canadians.

Professionals en masse and the public praised the Liberal government in 2015, when it announced the long-form census would be rolled out again, starting in 2016.

While researchers recognize the power of statistics, it is also recognized by politicians, CEOs and employers, who typically make decisions based on the facts they receive.

CNA is proud to have supported the Use of Digital Health Technology in Practice survey, conducted by Canada Health Infoway, in collaboration with the Canadian Nursing Informatics Association (CNIA).

More than 2,000 nurses responded to the invitation from these organizations to share their practice experiences with digital health technologies. Their input will be critical to informing and advancing the use of these technologies in nursing practice across Canada.

I truly believe that when I respond to a survey, I am providing my story, my experiences and a wish list of what I want to see happen, in addition to numbers or opinions. All of us have stories and experiences I think we can and should be sharing in this way.

While the next issue of Canadian Nurse will report on the survey results, in this issue you will learn about the work of CNIA, a member of CNA’s Canadian Network of Nursing Specialties, to have national nursing data standards adopted.

Health informatics researcher Tracie Risling is our Nurse to Know. She partners with patients, health-care providers and technology specialists to assess whether health-care applications are user friendly and helpful.

In a feature article on automation and artificial intelligence, Richard Booth explains the critical importance of nurses’ involvement in development and implementation of new technologies; José Côté describes her work on a virtual nursing platform that coaches patients on managing health conditions and making behaviour changes.

Enjoy this issue, and remember to accept the next survey invitation you receive — as an opportunity to tell your story.

Marc Bourgeois

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