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Post‐basic nursing students’ access to and attitudes toward the use of information technology in practice: a descriptive analysis

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nkosi z. z., asah f. & pillay p. (2011) Journal of Nursing Management 19, 876–882

Post‐basic nursing students’ access to and attitudes toward the use of information technology in practice: a descriptive analysis

Background  Nurses are exposed to the changing demands in technology as they execute their patient‐related duties in the workplace. Integration of Information Technology (IT) in healthcare systems improves the quality of care provided. Nursing students with prior exposure to computers tend to have a positive influence IT.

Methodology  A descriptive study design using a quantitative approach and structured questionnaire was used to measure the nurses’ attitudes towards computer usage. A census of 45 post‐basic first year nursing management students were participated in this study.

Results  The students demonstrated a positive attitude towards the use of a computer. But access to and use of a computer and IT was limited and nurses in clinics had no access to IT. A lack of computer skills was identified as a factor that hinders access to IT.

Conclusion  Nursing students agreed that computer literacy should be included in the curriculum to allow them to become independent computer users. The Department of Health should have IT in all health‐care facilities and also train all health‐care workers to use IT.

Implications for Nurse Managers  With the positive attitudes expressed by the students, nurse managers need to create a conducive environment to ensure such a positive attitude continues to excel.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Associate Professor, University of South Africa (UNISA) 2: Researcher and Facilitator, Centre for Rural Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) 3: Lecturer, Durban University of Technology (DUT)

Publication date: October 1, 2011

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