Mobile applications in nursing education and practice.
Nurse Educ. 2014 Jul-Aug;39(4):166-9
Authors: Airth-Kindree N, Vandenbark RT
Students in an RN-BSN completion program capstone course investigated and critically evaluated mobile medical applications using an information literacy conceptual framework. Students also analyzed their potential usefulness as a resource in nursing practice. Student evaluations focused on usability and applicability when recommending the use of mobile applications as a point-of-care reference tools. This pilot assignment offers an innovative teaching strategy for integrating 1 aspect of informatics instruction into the nursing curriculum.
PMID: 24937293 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Evaluating the use of a simulated electronic health record and online drug reference in a case study to enhance nursing students' understanding of pharmacologic concepts and resources.
Nurse Educ. 2014 Jul-Aug;39(4):160-5
Authors: Vana KD, Silva GE
Nursing students should learn to navigate the complexities of the healthcare arena, such as integrating use of electronic health records (EHRs) and online drug references into patient care. Using a simulated EHR in a nursing pharmacology course allowed students to interact with these technologies while learning and applying pharmacologic concepts to a case study. The authors discuss how they created and facilitated such a case study, as well as students' outcomes.
PMID: 24937292 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Nurse scientists' information literacy is supported by librarians.
Clin Nurs Res. 2014 Feb;23(1):3-6
Authors: Cacchione PZ, Zurkowski PG
PMID: 24459119 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Challenges and facilitators to nurse use of a guideline-based nursing information system: recommendations for nurse executives.
Appl Nurs Res. 2014 Feb;27(1):25-32
Authors: Sockolow PS, Rogers M, Bowles KH, Hand KE, George J
AIMS: The aims of this study were to develop empirical data on how nurses used an evidenced-based nursing information system (NIS) and to identify challenges and facilitators to NIS adoption for nurse leaders.
BACKGROUND: The NIS was part of the electronic health record with 200 evidence-based, interdisciplinary clinical practice guidelines from which clinicians selected to guide the patient's care.
METHODS: A purposeful sample of 12 randomly selected nurses in three units across two hospitals participated in scenario-testing. Sessions were audio-recorded, transcribed, content analyzed, and coded for themes.
RESULTS: Major themes emerged: computer placement in patient rooms; difficulty using NIS; documentation completeness; efficiency; time spent at the bedside; team communication; training; unintended consequences of workflow changes; perceived NIS value as challenge to adoption.
CONCLUSIONS: Nurse executives' opportunities to improve adoption include enhancing communication to/from front-line clinicians about the hospitals' goals, perceived NIS value at the bedside, and constructive feedback especially for patient care/safety and software functionality.
PMID: 24360777 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
The influences of computer system success and informatics competencies on organizational impact in nursing environments.
Comput Inform Nurs. 2014 Feb;32(2):90-9
Authors: Lin HC, Hsu MH, Yang CW
The previous literature provides evidence that the characteristics of a successful computer system and the informatics competencies of individuals play a critical role in the adoption of information technology. However, while the combined effects of the two may provide a comprehensive view in understanding nursing informatics research, they have rarely been studied simultaneously. Therefore, this study aimed to examine the influences of computer system success and informatics competencies on nursing organizational impact. We surveyed 454 nurses who worked at international patient centers in Taiwan. The results show that both nurses' informatics competencies and nursing computer system success do have influence on nursing organizational impact. Moreover, nurses' informatics competencies have a greater effect than the superior characteristics of a nursing computer system on nursing organizational performance. Finally, implications for practitioners complete this study.
PMID: 24132084 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
An investigation into the attitudes of nursing students toward technology.
J Nurs Res. 2014 Jun;22(2):119-25
Authors: Tubaishat A
BACKGROUND: Attitudes toward technology may impact the levels of technology acceptance and training willingness among nursing students. Nurse acceptance and effective utilization of technology are critical to improving patient care and safety.
PURPOSE: The aims of this cross-sectional study were to measurethe attitude of nursing students toward technology and to determine if demographic characteristics affect their attitudinal measures. Furthermore, the amount of formal education provided on the use of technology applications is explored.
METHODS: A convenience sample of nursing students attending a public university in Jordan was recruited, and a technology attitude scale designed to measure the attitude of nursing students toward technology was used. Scales designed to gather data on participant demographics, self-reported technology skills, and level of formal technology education were also used.
RESULTS: The results showed that participants held a positive attitude toward technology. Students who reported a high level of technology skill had the most positive attitude toward technology. The impact years of formal education on the use of technology applications were low, whereas academic level had a significant impact on technology attitudes. Senior student participants had the highest level of technology education, likely because of their exposure to relatively more educational opportunities, and the most positive attitude toward technology.
CONCLUSIONS: Despite the positive attitude of nursing students toward technology, the problem of minimal technology education should be addressed in future nursing programs to further enhance positive attitudes toward technology.
PMID: 24821419 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
[Methodological approach for the development of terminology subsets ICNP®: an integrative review].
Rev Esc Enferm USP. 2014 Dec;48(6):1119-26
Authors: Clares JW, Freitas MC, Guedes MV
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the methodological aspects used for the preparation of terminology subsets of the International Classification for Nursing Practice (ICNP®), in dissertations and theses in the Brazilian nursing.
METHOD: This is an integrative review of the Brazilian dissertations and theses defended in the period from 2007 to 2013, which were included seven dissertations.
RESULTS: The increasing production of studies on the theme by Brazilian nurses shows a concern for a unified language for the profession. However, the results demonstrate the lack of uniformity in the conduct of studies, especially in relation to the stages of content validation. The initiatives of some authors to systematize alternative methods for creating these subsets also stood out.
CONCLUSION: We suggest the development of new terminology subsets, following standards of methodological rigor, as well as its application and validation by the selected clientele, to ensure greater reliability of results and desired changes for the profession.
PMID: 25626513 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Self-assessment of nursing informatics competencies for doctor of nursing practice students.
J Prof Nurs. 2013 Nov-Dec;29(6):381-7
Authors: Choi J, Zucker DM
This study examined the informatics competencies of doctor of nursing practice (DNP) students and whether these competencies differed between DNP students in the post-baccalaureate (BS) and post-master's (MS) tracks. Self-reported informatics competencies were collected from 132 DNP students (68 post-BS and 64 post-MS students) in their first year in the program (2007 to 2010). Students were assessed in 18 areas of 3 competency categories: computer skills, informatics knowledge, and informatics skills. Post-BS students were competent in 4 areas (computer skills in communication, systems, documentation, and informatics knowledge about impact of information management), whereas post-MS students were competent in only 1 area (computer skills in communication). Students in both tracks reported computer skills in decision support as their least competent area. Overall, post-BS students reported slightly higher than or similar competency scores as post-MS students, but scores were statistically significant in only 3 of 18 areas. The assessment indicated that knowledge and skills on informatics competencies need to be improved, especially in computer skills for data access and use of decision support systems. Strategies are suggested to integrate competencies into existing informatics course and DNP curricula. Further studies are recommended using an objective measure of informatics competencies.
PMID: 24267932 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]