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A qualitative study of new graduatesí readiness to use nursing informatics in acute care settings: clinical nurse educatorsí perspectives


Shin, EH and Cummings, E and Ford, K, A qualitative study of new graduates' readiness to use nursing informatics in acute care settings: clinical nurse educators' perspectives, Contemporary nurse pp. 1-13. ISSN 1037-6178 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/10376178.2017.1393317


Background: There is an increase in demand for newly graduated nurses who are ready to use nursing informatics (NI) efficiently in technology-rich healthcare environments. However, the progress of embedding NI into curricula has been slow worldwide, and literature reports graduates are not ready to use NI tools effectively in the workplace, posing potential threats to patient safety. In the absence of National Standards for NI competencies, graduatesí NI needs on entering the workplace need to be explored.

Aim:To identify graduatesí NI needs on entering the workplace in acute care settings from the perspectives of clinical nurse educators.

Methods: A qualitative study using interpretive description with one focus group of six clinical nurse educators was conducted. Clinical nurse educators who are significantly involved in supporting graduates from their first day in the workplace were purposively recruited. The focus group was audiotaped, transcribed verbatim and analysed using thematic analysis.

Results: Graduates were found to be inadequately prepared to use NI tools on entering the workplace. Inefficient hospital systems and a ward culture that was discouraging graduatesí NI practice were identified as major barriers to the implementation of NI practice. Lack of exposure to specific hospital systems as undergraduates was also identified as a significant barrier to NI practice among graduates.

Conclusions: As well as supporting the pre-existing studies on NI skills in graduates and barriers to graduatesí NI practice, this current study identified the need for nursing schools to further integrate NI into formal curricula and increased opportunity for exposure to hospital systems as undergraduates. Further studies in multiple settings across Australia are recommended to ensure the transferability of the findings of this study.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:nursing; nursing informatics; qualitative research; graduate nurses; readiness
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Shin, EH (Mrs Eun Shin)
UTAS Author:Cummings, E (Associate Professor Liz Cummings)
UTAS Author:Ford, K (Dr Karen Ford)
ID Code:122077
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2017-10-30
Last Modified:2018-09-13

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