Australian nurses access and attitudes to information technology - a national survey

Hegney, Desley and Eley, Robert and Buikstra, Elizabeth and Fallon, Anthony Bruce and Soar, Jeffrey and Gilmore, Victoria (2006) Australian nurses access and attitudes to information technology - a national survey. In: 9th International Congress on Nursing Informatics (NI2006), 11 - 14 Jun 2006, Seoul, Korea.


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[Abstract]: Competencies by nurses in information technology (IT) are essential to health care in Australia yet data suggest deficiencies in access and use. A study commissioned by the Australian Government aimed to determine the extent of access and use and the barriers to the use of IT among nurses across Australia. A survey was distributed to 10,000 members of the Australian Nursing Federation with a 43% overall response rate. Fewer than 15% of nurses did not use computers as part of their work. The greatest use was for client records, patient pathology and radiology results and professional development. IT uptake in health is supported by nurses who are, however frustrated by limitations to access and software that is not fit for purpose. A lack of confidence in using IT was noted by many nurses. Fewer than 20% had received pre-registration training in any aspect of IT and only 30% post registration. In addition to training, high work load, numbers of computers and inadequate technical support were the major barriers to computer use.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - No Department
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:48
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2017 01:20
Uncontrolled Keywords: nurses; Australia; attitude to computers; computer literacy; training
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080602 Computer-Human Interaction
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified

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