Since technology has infiltrated nearly every aspect of our lives, it should come as no surprise that nurse midwives are also able to benefit from some of the latest advances. In recent years, less is being left to ‘chance’ or educated guesses as there is technology to detect almost anything from vital signs to cancer and everything in between. If you are a certified nurse midwife or studying how to become a certified nurse midwife, you should be acquainted with a wide range of technology that can help you do many of your tasks quicker and more efficiently. Here are a few examples of the types of technology well suited to midwifery.
The truth is, some women simply have veins that are hard to find. Some are ‘wigglers’ and others are so deep that they are practically impossible to detect with the naked eye. The funny thing about wigglers is that they really don’t move around as the name implies but rather take curvy twists so that you might hit the vein but immediately be back out again because you’ve penetrated just where it’s about to make a sharp twist. Vein finders light up the veins under the skin, making them visible enough to hit without being punctured half a dozen times. Nurse and patient are happy about this!
Podcasts for Nurse Midwife Students
Many nursing students take online classes and so podcasts have become an everyday affair. Even nursing students who go to classes on campus get to catch an occasional podcast by one or more of their professors, making it more convenient to go to class because you can listen at any time of the day from anywhere you happen to be. Podcasts are also beneficial to practicing nurse midwives because they are better able to keep up with advances in medicine that may have been elusive if they were merely published in a hard copy journal of nursing medicine.
Wearables and mHealth
Many times, a midwife needs to track a patient’s blood pressure because it has been running dangerously high. There are currently a number of wearables on the market that track the patient’s blood pressure, record it on a mobile device and then report via wireless data to the midwife and or attending physician. That’s one of the most amazing uses of mHealth imaginable. Sometimes midwives work alone in private practice and other times they work in an office under the auspices of a physician. In either case, that information is sent to the appropriate medical professional so it can be assessed and acted upon.
There isn’t a branch of medicine that isn’t impacted by technology and with the advances in mobile technology in recent years, nurses are now able to do their jobs much more efficiently, even from remote locations. These are just a few of the more common forms of technology midwives should be familiar with but as technology progresses and midwives get more familiar with its myriad of uses, you will see more of it in practice. Let’s just hope a day doesn’t come that technology replaces the nurse! Although awesome, it would take the all-important human element out of being a nurse and that would be a sad day for medicine, for sure.