Title

How to Implement the Electronic Health Record in Undergraduate Nursing Education

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-2011

Publication Source

American Nurse Today

Volume

6

Issue

5

Inclusive pages

40-44

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

Information literacy, evidence-based practice (EBP), and informatics are fundamental to delivering culturally competent, safe patient care. Yet most nursing schools continue to educate students in traditional ways; only a minority integrate high-fidelity simulations, require evidence-based literature to support nursing interventions, identify the five core competencies for healthcare professions delineated by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and incorporate the electronic health record (EHR) to stimulate critical thinking and decision making. The Health Information Technology Act (2009) requires all healthcare facilities to fully adopt EHRs by 2014. This will change how nurses practice, underscoring the importance of teaching students about informatics and the other topics and skills they need to provide high-quality care.

Keywords

Electronic health records, informatices

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing