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Integration of Informatics Content in Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Education

An Updated Status Report

Bove, Lisa Anne DNP, RN-BC

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000734
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Background The American Association of Colleges of Nursing identified informatics and health care technology as an essential component of baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral education, but schools still struggle to effectively deliver this core knowledge.

Purpose The purpose of this study was to provide an update of the 2013 status report on the integration of informatics in nursing education.

Method The top twenty-five 2018 US News & World Report Best Online Nursing Programs were reviewed for courses with technology, computers, informatics, statistics, or research in the title.

Findings Sixty-seven percent of the schools with master's programs and more than 80% of the DNP programs included at least 1 informatics course. Schools with online BSN courses had about the same number of programs with informatics courses as the 2013 report.

Conclusion While there was some improvement in the number of informatics courses in the programs reviewed, faculty need support to overcome barriers to teaching informatics.

Author Affiliations: Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina Wilmington.

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Bove, 601 S College Rd, McNeill 2060A, Wilmington, NC 28403 (bovel@uncw.edu).

Accepted for publication: July 15, 2019

Published ahead of print: September 5, 2019

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