Nursing informatics in undergraduate nursing education in Australia prior to COVID-19: a scoping review

Harerimana, Alexis, Wicking, Kristin, Biedermann, Narelle, and Yates, Karen (2022) Nursing informatics in undergraduate nursing education in Australia prior to COVID-19: a scoping review. Collegian, 29 (4). pp. 527-539.

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Background: Technology can support transformational outcomes of high quality and evidenced-based care and education. Embedding nursing informatics into the undergraduate nursing curriculum enhances nursing students’ digital health literacy, whilst preparing them to use health information systems and technological innovations to support their learning both at university and in the clinical environment.

Aim: This scoping review aimed to provide an overview of the published literature on how nursing informatics was embedded and integrated into the undergraduate nursing curriculum in Australia prior to COVID-19.

Methodology: A scoping review approach guided this study using the Levac, Colquhoun, and O'Brien framework, and the following databases were searched: CINAHL Plus databases, EMCARE, MEDLINE Ovid, Scopus; ERIC ProQuest, and Web of Science. A total of 26 articles were included: five quantitative studies, eight qualitative studies, and 13 mixed-methods studies.

Findings: Few studies focused on the concept of nursing informatics itself, and only two studies described the process of developing curricula that contain nursing informatics competencies and their implementation: the educational scaffolding and modular development approach and a Community of Inquiry Framework (COI). Most studies centred on nursing informatics tools to facilitate teaching and learning in classrooms and skills laboratories. The reported pedagogical strategies were online learning, blended learning, and technology-enabled simulations. Hindrances to nursing informatics being integrated into undergraduate curricula were disparities of the informatics content a lack of guidelines and/or frameworks, and poor digital literacy.

Conclusion: This study provided a baseline perspective of how NI was embedded and integrated into nursing education in Australia before Covid-19. Overwhelmingly the focus of research to date was found to be mainly on the utilisation of technological tools to support learning and teaching.

Item ID: 71004
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1876-7575
Keywords: Nursing informatics; nursing education; curriculum; undergraduate; Australia
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Copyright Information: © 2021 Published by Elsevier Ltd on behalf of Australian College of Nursing Ltd.
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2021 01:35
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390405 Educational technology and computing @ 35%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4205 Nursing > 420599 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 30%
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390110 Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy @ 35%
SEO Codes: 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1603 Teaching and curriculum > 160399 Teaching and curriculum not elsewhere classified @ 50%
20 HEALTH > 2003 Provision of health and support services > 200307 Nursing @ 50%
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