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Technology can zap fear of the unknown

Nurse Leader Insider, May 28, 2015

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Investing in technology and services is a crucial step for healthcare organizations that need to be ready for anything, including unfamiliar infectious diseases, says a chief nursing officer who speaks from experience.

Anthrax, SARS, Ebola. While they're frightening, and at times deadly, the likelihood of a patient presenting at a U.S healthcare facility with one of these diseases is low.

Yet, as we know from recent history, it's entirely possible.

"I don't think anyone can ever realize the kind of stress an organization is under when this type of event occurs," says Ronda McKay, DNP, RN, CNS, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care at Community Hospital in Munster, IN, a 427-bed not-for-profit facility.

McKay speaks from experience. It's been just over a year since Community earned the distinction of caring for the first person in the U.S with a confirmed case of Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome. There have been only two confirmed cases of MERS in the U.S. The other one was in Florida.

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