Medical Device Integration Blog

Susan Niemeier, MHA, BSN, RN

Hometown: St. Louis, MO Role at Capsule: Chief Nursing Officer Degrees & Certifications: ADN; BSN – University of Missouri; MHA – Saint Louis University First Job in Nursing: Staff nurse at Christian Hospital BJC HealthCare Most people don’t know that I: Am an avid and passionate mountain biker One thing I want to learn: To play the piano If I had more time, I’d: Dust off the brushes & easel and paint again
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Nurses deliver in the digital world: Real champions for change

Posted by Susan Niemeier, MHA, BSN, RN on Apr 12, 2016 @ 11:23 AM

This week, I decided to review a few of the articles I’d written over the years. I was drawn to an article I wrote for ADVANCE on the complexity of nursing in the digital world. Although authored several years ago, the theme is as relevant today as when it was originally published.

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Tags: Nurses, Clinical, Clinical Analytics, Clinical Documentation

A Nursing Exec's View on the State of Patient Safety

Posted by Susan Niemeier, MHA, BSN, RN on Mar 18, 2016 @ 09:01 AM

As we reflect on the themes from National Patient Safety Awareness Week, it seems appropriate that we end the work week on an important and relevant topic to most US hospitals: device alarms. The frequency and number of alarms cause a sensory overload condition described as “alarm fatigue”: a desensitization to alarms created by the overwhelming number of alarms, many of which are nuisance or non-actionable alarms. In fact, alarm fatigue has been cited as the leading cause of sentinel events according to The Joint Commission, AAMI Foundation and other organizations. Hospitals still struggle to meet the 2014 and 2016 National Patient Goals to improve the management of those alarms.

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Tags: Patient Safety, Nurses, Alarm Fatigue, Health IT, Clinical

AMIA Task Force Calls for Simplification and Speed in EHR Use

Posted by Susan Niemeier, MHA, BSN, RN on Jun 28, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Report Cites MDIS as an Important Way to Meet EHR Goals

The American Medical Information Association (AMIA) Task Force report on the status and future direction of electronic health records (EHRs) is out. And not surprisingly, it finds EHR systems are a mixed blessing. While cutting down information silos, the technology also cuts down physician efficiency and patient care time. As a result, taking full advantage of an EHR’s enhanced patient information is often extremely difficult.

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Tags: Patient Data, Workflow, Industry Forecast, Medical Device Information System, Clinical Documentation

Capsule's National Nurses Week 2015 survey

Posted by Susan Niemeier, MHA, BSN, RN on May 07, 2015 @ 09:30 AM

Treat your team to coffee, on Capsule!

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Tags: Nurses, Nurses Week

Not all superheroes wear capes

Posted by Susan Niemeier, MHA, BSN, RN on May 06, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Talent, compassion, discipline, imagination, ability to perform under pressure – most of us would be happy to claim one of these characteristics. But to rightfully claim a few of them, or all of them… that’s an honor reserved for a nurse!

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