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Healthcare Informatics in 21st-Century Nursing: Are Dermatology Nurses Prepared?

Lilly, Kezia D.; Eldridge, Carole

Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association: May/June 2012 - Volume 4 - Issue 3 - p 188–194
doi: 10.1097/JDN.0b013e318256b9dc
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ABSTRACT Nurses and nurse practitioners are facing the rapid growth of technology in clinical practice, much of it mandated by the U.S. federal government. Although there are quality, efficiency, and financial incentives for learning and using the new technology, many nurses and nurse practitioners find the changes daunting. Clinicians and providers can increase their comfort with and use of health information technology by familiarizing themselves with the options, purposes, required competencies, and intended outcomes of the various forms of healthcare informatics in use today. Learning more about healthcare informatics will enable dermatology nurses to access the many advantages of technology to improve patient care.

Kezia D. Lilly, MSN, MBA, RN, BSN, Department of Nursing, Southwest Baptist University, Springfield, Missouri.

Carole Eldridge, DNP, RN, CNE, NEA-BC, Department of Nursing, West Coast University, Dallas, Texas.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Kezia D. Lilly, MSN, MBA, RN, BSN, Southwest Baptist University, 4431 South Fremont, Springfield, MO 65804. E-mail:

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.