Exploring faculty perceptions towards electronic health records for nursing education

Kowitlawakul, Y., Chan, S. W. C., Wang, L. and Wang, W. (2014) Exploring faculty perceptions towards electronic health records for nursing education. International Nursing Review, 61 4: 499-506. doi:10.1111/inr.12141

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Author Kowitlawakul, Y.
Chan, S. W. C.
Wang, L.
Wang, W.
Title Exploring faculty perceptions towards electronic health records for nursing education
Journal name International Nursing Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1466-7657
Publication date 2014-12
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/inr.12141
Open Access Status
Volume 61
Issue 4
Start page 499
End page 506
Total pages 8
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: The use of electronic health records in nursing education is rapidly increasing worldwide. The successful implementation of electronic health records for nursing education software program relies on students as well as nursing faculty members.
Aims: This study aimed to explore the experiences and perceptions of nursing faculty members using electronic health records for nursing education software program, and to identify the influential factors for successful implementation of this technology.
Methods: This exploratory qualitative study was conducted using in-depth individual interviews at a university in Singapore. Seven faculty members participated in the study. The data were gathered and analysed at the end of the semester in the 2012/2013 academic year.
Results: The participants’ perceptions of the software program were organized into three main categories: innovation, transition and integration. The participants perceived this technology as innovative, with both values and challenges for the users. In addition, using the new software program was perceived as transitional process. The integration of this technology required time from faculty members and students, as well as support from administrators.
Limitations: The software program had only been implemented for 2–3 months at the time of the interviews. Consequently, the participants might have lacked the necessary skill and competence and confidence to implement it successfully. In addition, the unequal exposure to the software program might have had an impact on participants’ perceptions.
Conclusion: The findings show that the integration of electronic health records into nursing education curricula is dependent on the faculty members’ experiences with the new technology, as well as their perceptions of it. Hence, cultivating a positive attitude towards the use of new technologies is important.
Implications for nursing and health policy: Electronic health records are significant applications of health information technology. Health informatics competency should be included as a required competency component in faculty professional development policy and programmes.
Keyword Electronic health records
Health information technology
Nursing curriculum
Nursing education
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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