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Keywords

Computers, Nursing, Knowledge, Attitudes, Skills, Attitude to computers, Computer competency

 

Authors

  1. HOBBS, STEVEN D. MA, BSN, RN

Abstract

The rapid expansion of computer-driven technologies into multiple aspects of modern healthcare suggests that many of the important competencies of the 21st century nurse will encompass mastery of computer technology. This is a comprehensive review of the published measures of computer competence during the past 12 years. Essential knowledge, attitudes, and skills were identified and classified. Multiple competency assessment instruments of varying quality were examined. Little agreement was found regarding specific computer-focused competencies necessary for nurses. Taken as a whole, however, there is consensus that the computer-competent nurse possesses a general knowledge and understanding of computer technology, coupled with a positive attitude toward computers and software. In addition, such a nurse is skillful in computer hardware and software use and able to grasp how such technology benefits nursing and the overall healthcare environment.