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Evaluating the Use of a Simulated Electronic Health Record and Online Drug Reference in a Case Study to Enhance Nursing Students’ Understanding of Pharmacologic Concepts and Resources

Vana, Kimberly D. DNP, RN, FNP-BC, FNP-C; Silva, Graciela E. PhD, MPH

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000046
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Nursing students should learn to navigate the complexities of the healthcare arena, such as integrating use of electronic health records (EHRs) and online drug references into patient care. Using a simulated EHR in a nursing pharmacology course allowed students to interact with these technologies while learning and applying pharmacologic concepts to a case study. The authors discuss how they created and facilitated such a case study, as well as students’ outcomes.

Author Affiliations: Clinical Associate Professor (Dr Vana), College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Arizona State University, Phoenix; Clinical Assistant Professor (Dr Silva), College of Nursing, The University of Arizona, Tucson.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Vana, College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Arizona State University, 500 N 3rd St, Mail Code 3020, Phoenix, AZ 85004-0698 (

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Accepted for publication: March 8, 2014

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