Are Nurses Prepared for Engagement to Evidence-Based Practice with New Technologies?

Are Nurses Prepared for Engagement to Evidence-Based Practice with New Technologies?

Kaija Saranto (University of Eastern Finland, Finland), Virpi Jylhä (University of Eastern Finland, Finland) and Ulla-Mari Kinnunen (University of Eastern Finland, Finland)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-034-1.ch008

Abstract

Capability in the domain of nursing informatics at least a beginner level is essential for all nursing graduates. The components of the domain are unpacked and explored along with a consideration of competency frameworks and the educational support needed to move toward specialist and advanced levels of informatics practice in nursing. The frontiers of nursing practice and education that involve social media and virtual worlds are explored.
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Defining Nursing Informatics Knowledge And Skills Needed In Practice

Expanding use of information and communication technology in health care has internationally created needs to secure health professionals' knowledge and skills in health and nursing informatics. Nursing has always been regarded as a human action not a technical one. When computers were first introduced to nursing practice in the 1980’s a lot of effort was made to assure what is the use of them or why nurses should be involved in using them (e.g. Ball, Hannah, Gerdin Jelger & Peterson, 1988; Grobe, 1989). Ultimately, it was not only about the use of computers but the applications developed to support nurse’s daily practice (Bond, 2007).

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