The COVID-19 pandemic has defined 2020 as the virus has thrown the world into an era of rapid change and adaption. Healthcare systems are particularly affected which has resulted in healthcare providers needing to change the way they deliver care to patients. New Zealand has managed the pandemic well with over 1,500 cases and 22 deaths reported alongside very low community transmission for a population of just over 5 million. During the strictest lockdown period, nurses were required to work differently and many engaged with digital technologies to manage patient care. An online anonymous survey was developed and distributed to Registered Nurses to identify the changes to their use of information and communication technologies (ICT) during the seven week lockdown period. The nurses (n=220) who completed this ethically approved study came from areas throughout New Zealand and from a wide range of clinical areas. Guided by the research survey results, this presentation will highlight some of the ways in which New Zealand responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Presented by Emma Collins, MSN, Principal Lecturer in Nursing, Learning and Teaching Specialist, Otago Polytechnic and Michelle Honey, MNSc, PhD, Programme Director, University of Auckland, New Zealand. Moderated by Toria Shaw Morawski, MSW, HIMSS TIGER Staff Liaison, Senior Manager, Professional Development.
- Hear about the early, preventative steps that the New Zealand government took to contain the COVID-19 virus which slowed transmission and death rates.
- Learn about the important roles nurses have played to identify ICT changes during a lockdown period.
- Discuss the enabling technologies nurses leveraged to deliver patient care, cross-collaborate with colleagues and consult with other health professionals.