Attitudes of Australian Nurses to Information Technology in the Workplace: A national survey

Eley, Robert, Soar, Jeffrey, Buikstra, Elizabeth, Fallon, Tony and Hegney, Desley (2009) Attitudes of Australian Nurses to Information Technology in the Workplace: A national survey. Computers Informatics Nursing Journal, 27 2: 114-121. doi:10.1097/NCN.0b013e318197557e

Author Eley, Robert
Soar, Jeffrey
Buikstra, Elizabeth
Fallon, Tony
Hegney, Desley
Title Attitudes of Australian Nurses to Information Technology in the Workplace: A national survey
Journal name Computers Informatics Nursing Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1538-2931
Publication date 2009-03-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1097/NCN.0b013e318197557e
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 27
Issue 2
Start page 114
End page 121
Total pages 8
Place of publication United States
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Inc
Language eng
Subject C1
920210 Nursing
110199 Medical Biochemistry and Metabolomics not elsewhere classified
320300 Medical Biochemistry and Clinical Chemistry
Abstract This article reports on the views of Australian nurses as to their use of computers in the workplace. Data were collected by questionnaires mailed to 10 000 members of the 150 000-member Australian Nursing Federation, which represents 60% of the Australian nursing workforce. The response rate was 43.3%. Computer use was 20% by assistants in nursing, rising to 75% by enrolled nurses and to more than 95% by RNs. Principal uses for the computers by the nurses were for access to patients' records and for internal communication. Most respondents (79%) agreed that the use of computers had improved information access. Only 9.4% considered that adoption of a national electronic health record would not be useful to healthcare. Fewer than 5% stated that they have no interest in computers, and 87% considered that their age was never or rarely a barrier to their use of the technology. However, not all aspects of computer introduction to nursing were positive. The proportions of respondents who considered that the use of computers had made their work easier, reduced duplication of data entry, and reduced errors in handing patient data were only 42%, 32%, and 31%, respectively. Results demonstrate a positive attitude toward information technology by Australian nurses but identify issues that must be addressed to support continued interest and engagement.
Keyword Australia
information technology
nurses' attitudes
nursing informatics
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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