Nursing Informatics: is IT for All Nurses?

Bond, C. S., Lewis, R. and Joy, R., 2009. Nursing Informatics: is IT for All Nurses? In: Saranto, K., Flatley, P., Park, H-A, Tallberg, M. and Ensio, A., eds. Connecting Health and Humans: Proceedings of NI2009, The 10th International Congress on Nursing Informatics. Amsterdam, Netherlands: IOS Press.

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Abstract

Given the definition if nursing informatics it should be a core activity for all nurses, and seen as a tool to support high quality care giving. Three studies reported in this paper show that this is not the case. Qualified nurses are perceived as having poor skills and knowledge, and as being resistant to IT as it takes them away from patient care. Educators share this lack of knowledge, and neither academics nor students consider nursing informatics to be a clinical skill. In order to use computers while on placement students were found to need confidence in their skills, and to feel that the use of computers was encouraged. Socialisation into the profession is an important part of nurse education, and currently students are being socialised into a professional role where they are not encouraged to use computers, or to consider their use to be a key nursing task. If nursing informatics is to truly become a way of improving patient care this needs to be changed, and preregistration education is a key place to start to bring this change about.

Item Type:Book Section
ISBN:978-1-60750-024-7
Series Name:Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Number:146
Number of Pages:920
Series Name:Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Additional Information:NI2009: 10th International Congress on Nursing Informatics: Connecting Health and Humans; Conference; http://www.iospress.nl/html/9781607500247.php Helsinki, Finland; 28 June- 1 July 2009
Uncontrolled Keywords:Nursing Informatics, Informatics Knowledge, preregistration education, computers, attitudes.
Subjects:Generalities > Computer Science and Informatics
Technology > Medicine and Health > Nursing and Midwifery
Group:School of Health and Social Care > Centre for Wellbeing and Quality of Life
ID Code:10171
Deposited By:Dr Carol S Bond
Deposited On:07 Jul 2009 21:08
Last Modified:01 Apr 2014 12:33

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