FEATURE ARTICLEFactors Associated With Nurses' Informatics CompetencyHWANG, JEE-IN PhD; PARK, HYEOUN-AE PhDAuthor Information Author Affiliations: College of Nursing Science, Kyung Hee University (Dr Hwang), and College of Nursing, Seoul National University (Dr Park), Seoul, Korea. This work was supported partly by a Korea Research Foundation grant funded by the Korean Government (MOEHRD, Basic Research Promotion Fund) (KRF-2006-311-E00539). Corresponding author: Hyeoun-Ae Park, PhD, College of Nursing, Seoul National University, 28 Yeongon-Dong Jongno-Gu, Seoul 110-799, Korea ([email protected]). CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: April 2011 - Volume 29 - Issue 4 - p 256-262 doi: 10.1097/NCN.0b013e3181fc3d24 Buy Metrics Abstract Informatics competency has become an essential requirement for nurses to fulfill their professional roles. This study examined the factors affecting informatics competency to help develop strategies to improve nurses' informatics practice. A cross-sectional survey was conducted in two tertiary teaching hospitals in Seoul, Korea. A questionnaire was designed to collect data on nurses' informatics competency, basic computer skills, attitudes toward computerization, and general characteristics. The response rate was 96.4% (350/363). Multiple regression analysis was performed to determine the characteristics affecting informatics competency. More than two-thirds of the nurses (69.2%) considered their overall informatics competency to be below average. They scored the highest on the informatics topics of security and confidentiality, and the lowest on telehealth. More than half (58.9%) rated their computer skills to be below average. Nurses had favorable attitudes toward computerization. Significant factors associated with informatics competency were basic computer skills and formal informatics education. The study findings suggest that the enhancement of basic computer skills and incorporation of informatics into formal nursing curricula are needed to improve the nurses' competency in managing and using healthcare information. © 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.