The year 2020 has brought significant changes to the lives of most people. Whether we perceive our situation as better off or worse off, the mechanism of evolution is dynamic. Many resistant to the New Normal of taking steps to protect their health by wearing masks and social distancing have decided to adapt by using personal protection against COVID-19. The prevalence of a persistent global disease was enough to disrupt our plans for the present and the future. Even so, we accept that our lives will never be at a standstill. The resilience of the human race becomes evident as we develop strategies to continue productive lifestyles.
The 2000s were a tumultuous time for nurses as patient documentation transitioned from pen and paper to electronic records. The technology was by no means as sophisticated as a modern EHR, but all the foundational elements were there. Creators of systems became more interested in achieving standardization and courted the leading health organizations of the time… https://www.icanotes.com/2019/04/16/a-history-of-ehr-through-the-years/.
As we tackled learning technology, I can recall IT trainers who became frustrated with the nurses who repeatedly disrupted the learning process by verbalizing Electronic Health Records complaints. Finally, an administrative decision was made to address the resistance. Either they would embrace the transition to electronic records or resign. Many of my nursing colleagues resigned from their positions. At the time, the average age of a Registered Nurse was 52. Although other industries embraced the transition to electronic records, the healthcare profession lagged due to the resistance from many nurses and physicians.
Are you resistant to change? For those of us who rely on God to solve our challenges and trials, we believe that God will answer our prayers as we anxiously wait for a victorious outcome But were you aware that when God solves our problems that His answer requires us to experience change? “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” Isaiah 55:8. Reflect on a few of your answered prayers. The will of God always requires the redirection of change. Did you embrace God’s answer, or did you resist by following your mindset?
In my desperation, I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles. Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! Psalm 34:6,8. We should not attempt to analyze or understand God’s ways. King David explains what God requires of us. The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God. Psalm 51:17. God requires humility, faith, and obedience from those who love Him. And that means that we must change to please God!
Although I was in my early 40s when Electronic Health Records was introduced, I embraced the change. Yes, it was a challenging, uphill journey, but I persevered. The outcome of my struggle:
- a global website
- using social media
- paying my bills online
- researching the internet
- reading eBooks
- staying current with local, national, and world events
- playing a few games downloaded from Google Play Store
To many individuals, advanced technology is not even an afterthought. But, I am proud of my abilities at this stage in life. I can smile and admit that technology has changed my life for the better. Even so, there are times that I pick up my journal and write in cursive, just to remind myself of another time and place.
Bible Reading: Psalm 34
God, thank you for the beautiful blessings that you lovingly provide for us. Please help us accept your answers and realize that change is necessary for spiritual and educational growth. Thank you for loving us, for protecting us, and for providing resolutions to our problems. We pray this prayer in the Worthy Name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.
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