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Collaborating to Optimize Nursing Students' Agency Information Technology Use


CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: November-December 2009 - Volume 27 - Issue 6 - p 354-362
doi: 10.1097/NCN.0b013e3181bca7be
Continuing Education

As the learning laboratory for gaining actual patient care experience, clinical agencies play an essential role in nursing education. With an information technology revolution transforming healthcare, nursing programs are eager for their students to learn the latest informatics systems and technologies. However, many healthcare institutions are struggling to meet their own information technology needs and report limited resources and other as barriers to nursing student training. In addition, nursing students' information technology access and use raise security and privacy concerns. With the goal of a fully electronic health record by 2014, it is imperative that agencies and educational programs collaborate. They need to establish educationally sound, cost-effective, and secure policies and procedures for managing students' use of information technology systems. Strategies for evaluating options, selecting training methods, and ensuring data security are shared, along with strategies that may reap clinical, economic, and educational benefits. Students' information technology use raises numerous issues that the nursing profession must address to participate in healthcare's transformation into the digital age.

Author Affiliation: Villanova University, College of Nursing, Bryn Mawr, PA.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Corresponding author: Marilyn S. Fetter PhD, APRN, Villanova University, College of Nursing, 820 Gatemore Rd, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 (

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.