The status of training and education in information and computer technology of Australian nurses: A national survey

Robert Eley, Tony Fallon, Jeffrey Soar, Elizabeth Buikstra and Desley Hegney (2008) The status of training and education in information and computer technology of Australian nurses: A national survey. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 17 20: 2758-2767. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2702.2008.02285.x


Author Robert Eley
Tony Fallon
Jeffrey Soar
Elizabeth Buikstra
Desley Hegney
Title The status of training and education in information and computer technology of Australian nurses: A national survey
Journal name Journal of Clinical Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0962-1067
Publication date 2008-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2008.02285.x
Volume 17
Issue 20
Start page 2758
End page 2767
Total pages 10
Editor Roger Watson
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
089999 Information and Computing Sciences not elsewhere classified
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Abstract Aims and objectives A study was undertaken of the current knowledge and future training requirements of nurses in information and computer technology to inform policy to meet national goals for health. Background The role of the modern clinical nurse is intertwined with information and computer technology and adoption of such technology forms an important component of national strategies in health. The majority of nurses are expected to use information and computer technology during their work; however, the full extent of their knowledge and experience is unclear. Design Self-administered postal survey. Methods A 78-item questionnaire was distributed to 10,000 Australian Nursing Federation members to identify the nurses’ use of information and computer technology. Eighteen items related to nurses’ training and education in information and computer technology. Results Response rate was 44%. Computers were used by 86.3% of respondents as part of their work-related activities. Between 4–17% of nurses had received training in each of 11 generic computer skills and software applications during their pre-registration/pre-enrolment and between 12–30% as continuing professional education. Nurses who had received training believed that it was adequate to meet the needs of their job and was given at an appropriate time. Almost half of the respondents indicated that they required more training to better meet the information and computer technology requirements of their jobs and a quarter believed that their level of computer literacy was restricting their career development. Nurses considered that the vast majority of employers did not encourage information and computer technology training and, for those for whom training was available, workload was the major barrier to uptake. Nurses favoured introduction of a national competency standard in information and computer technology. Conclusions For the considerable benefits of information and computer technology to be incorporated fully into the health system, employers must pay more attention to the training and education of nurses who are the largest users of that technology. Relevance to Clinical Practice Knowledge of the training and education needs of clinical nurses with respect to information and computer technology will provide a platform for the development of appropriate policies by government and by employers.
Keyword Australia
computers
education
nurses
nursing
training
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2009 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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