New Application Gives Nurses the Gift of Time - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

New Application Gives Nurses the Gift of Time

Ask any nurse what they desire most during their work shift and many will answer, “More time!”

For nurses at Taylor and on Crozer’s 2-South and Emergency Department, this wish was granted through the introduction of Single Sign-On (SSO) in October. A portal-like computer application, SSO streamlines work flow and reduces time by eliminating the need for nurses to provide their log-in information each time they want to access a program such as PICIS, ECARE or MAK.

Here’s how it works:

At the beginning of their shift, nurses swipe their identification badge through a card reader that is attached to the computer and sign on to SSO using their assigned password. Nurses need to complete this sign-on process only once over a 12-hour period to gain access to all the programs that they’ll use during their normal shift. When nurses return to the computer, they just swipe their badge to sign-in.

“The 20 or 30 seconds that nurses save by not having to re-type their password may not seem like a big deal,” says Gail Turley, M.S.N., R.N.C., N.E.A.-B.C., administrative director of Clinical Informatics for CKHS, “but taken over the course of a work shift, it can total several additional minutes that can be used for other required tasks.”

According to Crozer’s Cindy Adamson, B.S.N., R.N., nursing director of 2-South, SSO has made their work flow smoother.

“The nurses just love it,” she says. “They can go to any computer on the floor – in patient rooms, at the nursing station – and get access to the applications they need quickly. It has made things run much more smoothly.”

An added benefit to SSO is that users also receive an email account that can be accessed through the web-based version of Outlook.

“With the email we now have an additional way to communicate with members of our nursing staff who previously didn’t have CKHS-associated addresses,” says Adamson.

It’s anticipated that SSO will be rolled out to the rest of Crozer and at Springfield and DCMH campuses over the next few months.