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CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000069
Continuing Education

Evidence-Based Use of Electronic Clinical Tracking Systems in Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Education: An Integrative Review

BRANSTETTER, M. LAURIE DNP, APRN, FNP-BC; SMITH, LYNETTE S. PhD, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC; BROOKS, ANDREA F. MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

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Abstract

Over the past decade, the federal government has mandated healthcare providers to incorporate electronic health records into practice by 2015. This technological update in healthcare documentation has generated a need for advanced practice RN programs to incorporate information technology into education. The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties created core competencies to guide program standards for advanced practice RN education. One core competency is Technology and Information Literacy. Educational programs are moving toward the utilization of electronic clinical tracking systems to capture students’ clinical encounter data. The purpose of this integrative review was to evaluate current research on advanced practice RN students’ documentation of clinical encounters utilizing electronic clinical tracking systems to meet advanced practice RN curriculum outcome goals in information technology as defined by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. The state of the science depicts student’ and faculty attitudes, preferences, opinions, and data collections of students’ clinical encounters. Although electronic clinical tracking systems were utilized to track students’ clinical encounters, these systems have not been evaluated for meeting information technology core competency standards. Educational programs are utilizing electronic clinical tracking systems with limited evidence-based literature evaluating the ability of these systems to meet the core competencies in advanced practice RN programs.

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