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The Importance of Informatics Competencies in Nursing: An Australian Perspective

SMEDLEY, ALISON BHSc (NURSING), RN, CM GRAD CERT CFH NURSING(TRES), GRAD DIP FET, MEd

CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing:
Feature Article
Abstract

Over the past two decades, dramatic changes have occurred in the nature and extent of communication and information technology use in nursing worldwide. The need for student nurses to be well prepared for the use and application of information technology in nursing is arguably now paramount. This article details areas where information and communication technology is used in nursing in Australia and discusses why nurses must be diligent in maintaining skills in this area to facilitate the delivery of safe, quality care in any healthcare setting. It will then discuss the importance of information and communication technology (ICT) skills, knowledge and understanding as an integral aspect of nursing programs in tertiary institutions. The challenge for training providers to prepare nurses for ever-changing ICT technology and technological applications in their workplace is highlighted.

Author Information

Faculty of Nursing and Health, Avondale College (Sydney Campus), Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australia 2076.

Corresponding author: Alison Smedley, BHSc (Nursing), RN, CM, Faculty of Nursing and Health, Avondale College (Sydney Campus), 185 Fox Valley Rd, Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australia 2076 (e-mail: alison.smedley@avondale.edu.au).

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.