Examining the Relationship Between Nursing Informatics Competency and Evidence-Based Practice Competency Among Acute Care Nurses




Fehr, Susanne Tacaraya

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In 2003, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report entitled Health Professions Education: A Bridge to Quality, which recommended that every nurse be educated to deliver patient-centered care as part of an interdisciplinary team, emphasizing evidence-based practice, quality improvement approaches, and informatics. Evidence-based practices (EBP) represent an efficient and cost-effective infrastructure for ensuring quality of care and improving patient outcomes. Many healthcare information technology applications are incorporating computerized decision-support systems that have been developed from EBP. Nurses, the largest group of healthcare providers, need to develop informatics competency in order to effectively translate and use or implement EBP. Nurses increasingly require information technology competency to effectively practice in the current healthcare environment. Nursing informatics competencies are a worldwide necessity for the acute care nurse. Yet, there is limited research on the relationship between nursing informatics competency and evidence-based practice competency, two separate yet related competencies that are recommended by the IOM for all nurses.



Nursing, Acute care nurses, Evidence-based practice, Nursing informatics