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Post-basic nursing students' access to and attitudes toward the use of information technology in practice: A descriptive analysis

Show simple item record Nkosi Z.Z. en Asah F. en Pillay P. en 2012-11-01T16:31:39Z 2012-11-01T16:31:39Z 2011 en
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Nursing Management en
dc.identifier.citation 19 en
dc.identifier.citation 7 en
dc.identifier.issn 9660429 en
dc.identifier.other 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2011.01303.x en
dc.description.abstract Background Nurses are exposed to the changing demands in technology as they execute their patient-related duties in the workplace. Integration of Information Technology (IT) in healthcare systems improves the quality of care provided. Nursing students with prior exposure to computers tend to have a positive influence IT. Methodology A descriptive study design using a quantitative approach and structured questionnaire was used to measure the nurses' attitudes towards computer usage. A census of 45 post-basic first year nursing management students were participated in this study. Results The students demonstrated a positive attitude towards the use of a computer. But access to and use of a computer and IT was limited and nurses in clinics had no access to IT. A lack of computer skills was identified as a factor that hinders access to IT. Conclusion Nursing students agreed that computer literacy should be included in the curriculum to allow them to become independent computer users. The Department of Health should have IT in all health-care facilities and also train all health-care workers to use IT. Implications for Nurse Managers With the positive attitudes expressed by the students, nurse managers need to create a conducive environment to ensure such a positive attitude continues to excel. © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Attitudes; Computer systems; Post-basic nursing students; Unit management and information technology adult; article; attitude to computers; computer; curriculum; female; health personnel attitude; human; human computer interaction; male; middle aged; nursing education; nursing informatics; nursing student; organization and management; psychological aspect; utilization review; Adult; Attitude of Health Personnel; Attitude to Computers; Computer Literacy; Computer User Training; Computers; Curriculum; Education, Nursing, Graduate; Female; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Nursing Education Research; Nursing Informatics; Students, Nursing en
dc.title Post-basic nursing students' access to and attitudes toward the use of information technology in practice: A descriptive analysis en
dc.type Article en

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