The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has produced a set of five guides to help nursing staff use new technology to improve their clinical practice. The two guides covered here are about (1) the use of text messaging services, and (2) advice on developing and using websites.
Using Text Messaging Services
This particular guide covers using text messaging services, particularly to support patients with long-term conditions. Section headings comprise:
- Introduction: using texts to talk to patients.
- Your guide to using text messaging services.
- Governance principles for text messaging.
- Issues to consider when setting up a text messaging service.
- Computer-generated and computer-recorded options.
- Principles of practice.
- Evaluation and audit.
- Making people with LTCs aware of the service.
Using text messaging services: an RCN guide on using technology to complement nursing practice. London: Royal College of Nursing (RCN), May 10th 2012. ISBN: 978-1-908782-00-7
Developing and Using Websites
The second guide covers the creation of websites to share information and provide support for patients. The authors place emphasis on ensuring that such sites enhance patient education, communication and care pathways. Section headings in this document cover:
- Introduction: using the internet to deliver health information.
- Your guide to developing and using websites.
- The business case for setting up a web service.
- What kind of web service will you provide?
- Governance principles for web service design.
- Core design principles for developing and using web information.
- Tips for creating a good website.
- Three key quality issues.
- Links and references.
Developing and using websites: an RCN guide on using technology to complement nursing practice. London: Royal College of Nursing (RCN), May 10th 2012. ISBN: 978-1-908782-01-4