How do we fit informatics into the undergraduate curriculum? Nursing as a case study

Harerimana, Alexis, Wicking, Kristin, Biedermann, Narelle, and Yates, Karen (2022) How do we fit informatics into the undergraduate curriculum? Nursing as a case study. In: [Presented at the HERDSA Annual Conference 2022]. P115. From: HERDSA 2022: Annual Conference, 27-30 June 2022, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

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Background: Digital health is a driving force for embedding adequate informatics skills and competencies in the undergraduate nursing curriculum (ADHA, 2020; ANMF, 2015; Harerimana et al., 2021). Informatics skills would improve the quality of patient care and service delivery in a technology-rich environment (ADHA, 2020; ANMF, 2015). This abstract explores informatics competencies and approaches for developing nursing students’ digital literacy.

Methodology: An holistic multiple case study approach guided this study. Participants in this first case were academic faculty from a selected metropolitan University in Australia. Five Zoom interviews were conducted, and data were analyzed using Qualitative Content Analysis.

Findings: Informatics competencies included: ‘having good computer skills’, ‘know how to find literature’, ‘highest privacy and security standards’, ‘concept of digital health’, ‘importance of leadership in digital health’, ‘be open-minded with the introduction of the new technologies.’ Developing informatics competencies took place in the classroom, simulation labs and clinical environments. In those educational settings, students were introduced to workplace systems, health information and resource management platforms. The faculty used different approaches for students’ preparation to informatics, including: ‘every single course uses technology’, ‘creating our own in-house sort of electronic health record’, ‘We’ve got our sim labs, we’ve got our dummies, and ‘pre-brief orientation for students to complete before they are out on clinical placements.’

Conclusion: Informatics skills, students’ exposure to digital tools and digital health services require multiple educational approaches, both at school and in the clinical environment. Enhanced students’ digital literacy is fundamental to quality education and practice in a digitalised world.

Item ID: 75384
Item Type: Conference Item (Poster)
Keywords: Informatics, nursing informatics, curriculum, nursing education, digital literacy
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Funders: James Cook University (JCU)
Projects and Grants: JCU College of Healthcare Sciences
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2022 23:25
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420308 Health informatics and information systems @ 30%
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390110 Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy @ 40%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4205 Nursing > 420599 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 30%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2003 Provision of health and support services > 200307 Nursing @ 30%
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160103 Primary education @ 30%
22 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 2204 Information systems, technologies and services > 220499 Information systems, technologies and services not elsewhere classified @ 40%
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