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Examining the Relationship Between Nursing Informatics Competency and the Quality of Information Processing

Al-Hawamdih, Sajidah PhD, RN; Ahmad, Muayyad M. PhD, RN

CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: March 2018 - Volume 36 - Issue 3 - p 154–159
doi: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000379

The purpose of this study was to examine nursing informatics competency and the quality of information processing among nurses in Jordan. The study was conducted in a large hospital with 380 registered nurses. The hospital introduced the electronic health record in 2010. The measures used in this study were personal and job characteristics, self-efficacy, Self-Assessment Nursing Informatics Competencies, and Health Information System Monitoring Questionnaire. The convenience sample consisted of 99 nurses who used the electronic health record for at least 3 months. The analysis showed that nine predictors explained 22% of the variance in the quality of information processing, whereas the statistically significant predictors were nursing informatics competency, clinical specialty, and years of nursing experience. There is a need for policies that advocate for every nurse to be educated in nursing informatics and the quality of information processing.

Author Affiliations: Faculty of Nursing, Al-Ahliyya Amman University, Jordan (Dr Al-Hawamdih); and Adult Health Nursing, Clinical Nursing Department, School of Nursing, University of Jordan, Amman (Dr Ahmad).

The authors acknowledge the support funding from the University of Jordan and from Al-Ahliyya Amman University.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

Corresponding author: Muayyad M. Ahmad, PhD, RN, Adult Health Nursing, Clinical Nursing Department, School of Nursing, University of Jordan, Queen Rania St, Amman, Jordan 11942 (;

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