February 19, 2019
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Meet Kim Sisson from our clinical staff. Her years of nursing experience include charge nurse and safety management roles. Kim’s tactical knowledge boosts workflow and efficiency tactics for clients.
- Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
- Registered Nurse (RN)
- CCRN Certified – Acute/Critical Care Knowledge Professional
What is your role at SONIFI Health?
Clinical Education Specialist. I work with nurse educators and other facility clinicians to develop training plans and select educational content and then train bedside staff on our product.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Cooking, crafting, and watching Investigation Discovery (ID) murder & mystery programs.
Tell us a little about your experience working in healthcare.
I was an adult ICU nurse for over 20 years including open heart, heart and lung transplant, and surgical and trauma ICU. I have also been a charge nurse, clinical educator, safety manager, and taught critical care nursing courses. For the last six years, I have held corporate roles training bedside nurses on hospital equipment.
How do you think technology is changing nursing today and are there things technology doesn’t change about nursing?
Technology has made some of the nursing jobs easier—delivering education, patient meal ordering, medication and vital sign charting etc. It also makes it a little more difficult as staff must continually learn new devices. Providing patients care at vulnerable times in their lives is at the core of nursing. Holding a hand, attending to biopsychosocial needs, and advocating for patients cannot be replicated by technology.
What are the most common questions and concerns you hear from clients?
How hard will an interactive system be for patients to navigate? And can we capture data from the system?
What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part is training the clinical staff. I like being in the hospital and hearing their stories. Some of our newest technology has come from their feedback such as digital care boards and the multidisciplinary rounding dashboard.
What do you see as some of the big or new challenges facing nurses and care providers today?
Nurses want to understand the “why.” Reimbursement regulations have created a wealth of incentives to improve healthcare, but it is not always well communicated to staff. Keeping current with evidence-based practice and all the devices can be overwhelming. As new technologies roll out into the workflow, good communication
from leadership is needed as to the value and impact of the changes.