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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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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
Series Name:Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Number of Pages:920
Additional Information:NI2009: 10th International Congress on Nursing Informatics: Connecting Health and Humans; Conference; Helsinki, Finland; 28 June- 1 July 2009
Uncontrolled Keywords:Nursing Informatics, Informatics Knowledge, preregistration education, computers, attitudes.
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:10171
Deposited By: Dr Carol S Bond LEFT
Deposited On:07 Jul 2009 20:08
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:22


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