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Measuring computer competencies in undergraduate and graduate nursing students tool development

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

History of Computers in Nursing


Distance education web enhanced and web based courses

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

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

Current and Emerging Technologies

  • Empowered Consumer

    • World Wide Web

    • TeleHealth


Current and emerging technologies1

Current and Emerging Technologies

  • Empowered Providers

    • Hospital Information Systems

    • Disease Management

    • Evidence-Based Practice

    • Continuing Education


Supporting documentation

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 documentation1

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 documentation2

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

Tool Development

  • Review of the Literature:

    • (1986) Armstrong

    • (1991) Bryson

    • (1997) Saranto

    • (1999) Sinclair

    • (2001) Staggers


Definition of terms

Definition of Terms

  • Computer Competencies:

    • Knowledge

    • Skill


Tool development1

Tool Development

  • Demographic Information

  • Computer Skills

  • E-mail

  • Internet

  • Word Processing


Tool development cont d

Tool Development, cont’d

  • Spread Sheets

  • Graphics

  • Presentation Skills

  • Web Course Proficiency


Measuring computer competencies in undergraduate and graduate nursing students tool development

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