ERIC Number: ED283487
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Computers in Hospital Clinical Nursing: Implications for Nursing Education.
St. Thomas, Sister
The use of computers in hospital clinical nursing and implications for the education of nurses were studied with a sample of 130 hospitals. Of concern was how computers were used, which hospital personnel used computers in health care, costs to educate staff nurses, and who teaches nurses about computers. Questionnaires completed by hospital data processing managers revealed that 29% of the hospitals did not have computers for clinical nursing, although many were planning or were scheduled to implement computer use. Where computers were available, they were used in clinical units but there was limited availability of computer interface with technical medical instruments. A majority of respondents said that to be most effective the nurses should be involved in computer planning for use in clinical nursing. Registered nurses and ward secretaries were the primary computer users. Inservice education was reported to be costly, and an increase in that cost was noted in intensive care units. Further research about computer application and use by nurse health care providers and about computer knowledge needed by new graduates was recommended. The questionnaire and a model computer education module for nurses are appended. (SW)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Ed.D. Applied Research Project, Nova University.