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Measuring Computer Competencies in Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing Students: Tool Development

Darlene Baker, Ed.D., R.N.,

Karen Blue, M.S.N., R.N.


History of Computers in Nursing


Distance Education, Web-Enhanced and Web-Based Courses

  • Evolution of Distance Education

    • Correspondence Courses

    • Instructional Television

  • Distance Education at Arkansas State University

    • Began in 1992

    • Web-Enhanced Courses

    • Web-Based Courses


Purpose of the Study:

  • To develop a tool to measure computer competencies of undergraduate and graduate students in a nursing program.

  • Second, to determine computer competencies and the future needs of computer knowledge and skills in the nursing curriculum.


Current and Emerging Technologies

  • Empowered Consumer

    • World Wide Web

    • TeleHealth


Current and Emerging Technologies

  • Empowered Providers

    • Hospital Information Systems

    • Disease Management

    • Evidence-Based Practice

    • Continuing Education


Supporting Documentation

  • (1997) American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in it’s White Paper “A vision of Baccalaureate and Graduate nursing education: The next decade” emphasized the need to include information technology and informatics concepts in nursing education.


Supporting Documentation

  • (1998) AACN’s Essentials of Baccalaureate and Graduate Education describes information management as one of the trends that baccalaureate students must be well versed in during transition in health care.


Supporting Documentation

  • (1998) The Pew Health Professions Commissions stated that the effective and appropriate use of communication and information technology was one of 21 essential competencies needed by all health care professionals.

  • JCAHO requires documented evidence of competency in certain clinical areas.


Tool Development

  • Review of the Literature:

    • (1986) Armstrong

    • (1991) Bryson

    • (1997) Saranto

    • (1999) Sinclair

    • (2001) Staggers


Definition of Terms

  • Computer Competencies:

    • Knowledge

    • Skill


Tool Development

  • Demographic Information

  • Computer Skills

  • E-mail

  • Internet

  • Word Processing


Tool Development, cont’d

  • Spread Sheets

  • Graphics

  • Presentation Skills

  • Web Course Proficiency


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