FEATURE ARTICLEStudent Nurses and the Electronic Medical Record: A Partnership of Academia and HealthcareBOWERS, ANNA MARY MSN, RN; KAVANAGH, JOAN MSN, RN; GREGORICH, TOM MBA; SHUMWAY, JULIA BA; CAMPBELL, YOLANDA BA; STAFFORD, SUSAN MPA, MBA, RNAuthor Information Author Affiliations: Nursing Education and Professional Practice Development (Mss Bowers and Kavanagh), eCleveland Clinic InformationSystems (Mr Gregorich), Center for On-Line Medical Education and Training (Mss Shumway and Campbell), and Nursing Informatics, Cleveland Clinic (Ms Stafford), Cleveland, OH. The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Corresponding author: Anna Mary Bowers, MSN, RN, 13820 Stoney Creek Dr, North Royalton, OH 44133 (Bowersa1@ccf.org; firstname.lastname@example.org). CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: December 2011 - Volume 29 - Issue 12 - p 692-697 doi: 10.1097/NCN.0b013e31822b8a8f Buy Metrics Abstract The advent of the electronic medical record has brought a new challenge to nursing education. Although most nursing students are proficient in data entry and computer skills, they often do not comprehend how the information they enter becomes a vital component of interdisciplinary team communication. Furthermore, the electronic medical record becomes a repository for information that can be retrieved for the purpose of decision support. Developed by the Cleveland Clinic, the Deans’ Roundtable, and University Hospitals of Cleveland, the Student Nurse Portal provides a means of assisting the student to understand how data entered into the computer transforms into information and knowledge, resulting in the wisdom that enables healthcare workers to provide optimal patient care. Current courses present the purpose of the electronic medical record and its roleas a powerful communication tool, but future courses will also help the student develop data entry and retrieval skills. Hosted on the Cleveland Clinic servers and available to students around-the-clock from any computer with Internet access, students have found the Student Nurse Portal to be a valuable tool in preparing for the use of the electronic medical record during their clinical experiences. © 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.