In celebration of Health Information Week in March, and National Nurses Week taking place the week of May 6, Grant Memorial Hospital is proud to highlight a specialty area of nursing, nursing informatics.
"With the implementation of our electronic medical record system last September, we saw the need and have taken a progressive step in joining the pioneering team of nursing informatics," said Mary Beth Barr, hospital CEO. "One of our nurses, Ranese Cross-Shreve, recently moved into that position to complete our transition into the electronic medical record world."
Ranese Cross-Shreve received her RN, BSN from Alderson Broaddus College in 1994
Ranese said nursing informatics is a category in health informatics that has become well-established.
"It is a specialty that combines nursing science, computer science and information science to manage and communicate data, information, knowledge and wisdom in the nursing practice. It is distinguished from other nursing specialties by its distinctive focus on the information of nursing."
The Nursing Informatics RN is an advocate for consumers, patients, nurses and other providers in all roles and settings. Nursing informatics bridges the gap between nursing and information systems serving as a translator for the two areas. The RN organizes data and databases then tests and evaluates applications for the nursing departments. Also included is analyzing, designing, developing, modifying, implementing, evaluating and maintaining the framework for organizing, storing, editing, retrieving and analyzing data that supports the hospital.
Nursing informatics helps to improve the quality of nursing care and the welfare of patients. It supports not only the nursing practice and patients, but it supports administration, education, research and the growth of nursing knowledge. Because of the rapid changes and challenges in health care combining with information technology, in 1992, the American Nurses Association recognized nursing informatics as a specialty for registered nurses who have a bachelor's degree.
Ranese became affiliated with GMH in 1983 through its volunteer program and gave more than 1,750 hours of service. In 1989, Ranese worked as a patient care assistant at GMH until she graduated from Alderson Broaddus College. After graduation, she worked in the Home Health and Hospice Department and was a certified hospice and palliative care nurse until 2008, then transferred to Med-Surg Unit until 2011 when she took the clinical informatics nursing position. Ranese is married to Chester Shreve and they are residents of Hardy County.