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Lifting the Burden and Enhancing our Care 


Barbara A. McLean, MN, RN, CCRN, CCNS-BC, NP-BC, FCCM

Grady Health System, Grady Memorial Hospital

Emory University,

Atlanta, GA.


Today's bedside healthcare professionals are faced with extraordinary challenges: Responding to events of clinical deterioration; managing an increasingly complex patient mix; increased work intensity; and reduced staffing. This overwhelming burden can be significantly lightened with the advances in technology that provide acuity assessments and early detection of clinical deterioration. These developments empower nurses, providers and systems to apply predictive and monitoring technology to the increasingly complex nature of the hospital patient population. Join us as we discuss the robust challenges and solutions that include the rapidly evolving technology designed to lighten the burden of beside care.  


Learning Objectives:  

  1. Discuss the challenges to nursing care in today’s medical surgical ward/general care floor

  2. Identify the barriers to implementing technology support and predictive algorithms

  3. Relate the use of technology to patient safety and improved outcomes


Faculty Bio

Barbara A. McLean, MN, RN, CCRN, CCNS-BC, NP-BC, FCCM is the advancing evidence-based practice clinical specialist for the division of critical care at the Grady Health System; Atlanta GA. She is a member of many professional organizations including the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and the American Association of Surgery and Trauma. Ms. McLean has been awarded the excellence in education award by the AACN as well as the circle of excellence for clinical practice in 2014 and the SCCM has presented her with the prestigious Norma J. Shoemaker Award for critical care nursing excellence in 2013. Barbara has written 24 chapters 16 articles and is a regular reviewer for Critical Care Medicine, Intensive Care Medicine and NEJM.

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