Australian nurses access and attitudes to information technology: a national survey

Hegney, Desley, Eley, Robert, Buikstra, Elizabeth, Fallon, Tony, Soar, Jeffrey and Gilmore, Victoria (2006). Australian nurses access and attitudes to information technology: a national survey. In: The 9th International Congress on Nursing Informatics (NI2006), Seoul, South Korea, (688-692). 11-14 June 2006.

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Author Hegney, Desley
Eley, Robert
Buikstra, Elizabeth
Fallon, Tony
Soar, Jeffrey
Gilmore, Victoria
Title of paper Australian nurses access and attitudes to information technology: a national survey
Conference name The 9th International Congress on Nursing Informatics (NI2006)
Conference location Seoul, South Korea
Conference dates 11-14 June 2006
Journal name Studies in Health Technology and Informatics Series   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher IOS Press
Publication Year 2006
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
ISSN 0926-9630
Volume 122
Start page 688
End page 692
Total pages 5
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Competencies by nurses in information technology (IT) are essential to health care in Australia yet data suggest deficiencies in access and use. A study commissioned by the Australian Government aimed to determine the extent of access and use and the barriers to the use of IT among nurses across Australia. A survey was distributed to 10,000 members of the Australian Nursing Federation with a 43% overall response rate. Fewer than 15% of nurses did not use computers as part of their work. The greatest use was for client records, patient pathology and radiology results and professional development. IT uptake in health is supported by nurses who are, however frustrated by limitations to access and software that is not fit for purpose. A lack of confidence in using IT was noted by many nurses. Fewer than 20% had received pre-registration training in any aspect of IT and only 30% post registration. In addition to training, high work load, numbers of computers and inadequate technical support were the major barriers to computer use.
Subjects 321100 Nursing
Keyword Nurses
Information technology
Computer use
References Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Census Analytic Program: Australia Online: How Australians are Using Computers and the Internet, 2001 ( 2056.0); 2001. Hegney D, Plank A, Buikstra E, Parker V, and Eley R. Workforce Issues in Nursing in Queensland, Australia: 2001 and 2004, Journal of clinical Nursing (In press) 2006. Royal College of Nursing. Information Needs of Nurses, Health Care Assistants, Midwives and Health Visitors Summary Report 2005. The Government of Australia. HealthConnect: A health information network for all Australians. 2004.
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Additional Notes Consumer-Centered Computer-Supported Care for Healthy People: Proceedings of the 9th International Congress on Nursing Informatics edited by Hyeoun-Ae Park, Peter Murray and Connie Delaney. IOS Press, 2006. ISBN 158603622X. Price US$200, 160 euros, £110

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