How can caring be expressed through the latest healthcare technology? That’s the question a UHV nursing faculty member answered for the first time in a recently published article.
For her article “Caring in Telehealth,” published in the December edition of the Journal of Telemedicine and Electronic Health, assistant professor Shainy Varghese interviewed 13 advanced practice nurses to find out how they conveyed caring when treating patients over the phone, through video conferencing or by other distance technology means.
“When we think about healthcare, we always think the nurses and doctors have to be by the patient at a touchable distance,” she explained. “In telehealth, the provider and the patient can be miles apart and sometimes can be in a different country.”
Varghese found that nurses conveyed caring by staying with patients, personifying the images they used and effectively communicating.
“The next step will be to examine patient perceptions in telehealth,” Varghese said.
As the School of Nursing continues to grow, its faculty will produce an increasing volume of original research, founding Dean Kathryn Tart said.
“We have such an amazing array of knowledge and interests in our nursing faculty,” Tart said. “I’m excited to see all the different research projects underway.”
The volume of original scholarship coming out of the School of Nursing will continue to increase in the near future, which will raise the prestige of the nursing programs and UHV as a whole, she said.