Posted on Sep 21, 2020

Nursing Students Begin Using Innovative Software

Nursing Students Begin Using Innovative Software

This fall, senior-level USF Health College of Nursing students began using an innovative workflow solution, CLARIFIRE®, to explore and learn modern patient safety strategies.

During the preceptorship course, students will use the web-based program on mobile devices to record experiential learning events in the clinical setting.

“Students utilize the CLARIFIRE software to evaluate nursing practice,” said Rayna Letourneau, an assistant professor in the College of Nursing. “Students are expected to analyze clinical experiences and current practice guidelines. The goal is for the students to understand that nursing interventions and decisions impact patient safety. Utilizing CLARIFIRE software will help prepare students for professional practice by strengthening their critical thinking skills and learning to improve quality of care and patient safety.”

The flexibility of the software allows students to use mobile devices to observe the nurse handoff report and complete an assignment that evaluates the trends in the process.

In the spring, Clarifire offered to provide its technology to assist USF nursing students in evaluating current evidence-based practice related to nursing handoff report in clinical settings. Clarifire’s founding CEO, Jane Mason, is a USF alumna who serves on the St. Petersburg Executive Advisory Council for the USF Muma College of Business.

Jane Mason, Clarifire’s founding CEO.

“We are excited to be part of students gaining experience and exposure to mobile-based innovation that is used in the field today,” said Mason. “CLARIFIRE® workflow technology is helping to prepare future nurse leaders to use technology for all types of quality and safety processes. This is an opportunity for students to learn the business aspects of using technology to improve clinical care delivery. This is a big step in that process, and we are delighted.”

More than 40 students will be using CLARIFIRE to complete assignments this semester, and a full rollout to more than 150 students is expected in spring 2021.

Clarifire is an award-winning workflow software company based in St. Petersburg that automates business processes, such as clinical pathways, for a variety of industries.

Story by Elizabeth L. Brown, USF College of Nursing