Novice nurse preparedness to effectively use electronic medical records in acute care settings: Critical informatics knowledge and skill gaps
The ability of nurses to use an EHR effectively is critical to patient safety, decreased facility expenditures for training, and decreased healthcare costs. To use EHRs effectively, nurses must have the required knowledge and skills. The purpose of a quantitative descriptive study conducted in 2012 was to identify what, if any, gaps exist between the informatics knowledge and skills self-reported by new/novice nurses and the informatics knowledge and skills demonstrated in acute-care settings by new/novice nurses as reported by nurse managers. Survey responses from 222 new/novice nurses and 326 nurse managers revealed gaps in 13 of 28 knowledge and skills areas thought to be critical to effective EHR use.
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