Good evening professor and fellow classmates!In reference to this weeks topic: a workaround; as described in the text, are a series of shortcuts or alternate means to bypass problematic technology(McGonigle & Mastrain, 2015). Today, with the help of technology and evidence-based research, there are certain procedures and practices designed to help fulfill medical tasks correctly. In the healthcare field, it is of top priority to provide quality care to the patient while also keeping their safety in mind. As a nurse the working environment can often times be stressful, and therefore, influence healthcare providers to utilize a workaround approach. Once again, these are shortcuts to a process, and are often looked at as temporary ways to work around a problem regarding workflow. However, you will come to see that procedures and methods are set up to prevent injury or medical errors. Therefore, if health care professionals choose to avoid proper procedures or skip certain steps in treating the patient, there is a higher chance that errors may arise. Furthermore, errors in healthcare setting can directly impact patient safety. With the use of technology, workarounds can arise when there is a lack of trust in electronic versus paper-based communications (Blijleven, Koelemeijer, Wetzels, Jaspers, 2017). Regarding patient safety, there are some issues I have seen in a clinical setting that should be changed in order to provide optimal care. Physicians and nurses can sometimes spend too much time interacting with the EHR, instead of focusing on the patient. Having a better relationship with the patient can help the patient feel more at ease during care. This is a case where technology can cause issues in workflow. Multi-tasking is another issue I have seen that should be avoided when it leads to workarounds. For instance, a nurse may temporarily write down information to enter in an EHR at a later time, in order to save time or when in a rush. Also, with trying to speed up a process, I have seen that assessments are often being rushed through, where the need for more questions or patient interaction/response should be present. Overall, a lack of focus on the patient is often times incorrectly balanced with the time it takes to care for the patient. This can be avoided by following procedures correctly and keeping patient safety at the forefront to accomplishing the goal of patient care. ReferencesMcGonigle, D., & Mastrian, K. (2015). Nursing informatics and the foundation of knowledge (3rd ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett.Blijleven, V., Koelemeijer, K., Wetzels, M., Jaspers, M. (2017). Workarounds Emerging from Electronic Health Record Usage: Consequences for Patient Safety, Effectiveness of Care, and Effeciency of Care. JMIR Human Factors, Vol. 4 (Issue 4). pp. 1-18. Retrieved from http://humanfactors.jmir.org/2017/4/e27 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.