SACAD: John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activity Days

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2nd Place - Non-empirical Graduate


Non-empirical Graduate


In today’s complex and evolving healthcare system it is crucial for nurses to proficiently comprehend electronic health records (EHR) in the provision of quality, safe patient care. Electronic health records have become a federal mandate for patient funding securement in many settings. Studies suggest that implementation of an academic electronic health record (AHER) augments student learning for assuming the nurse role in key areas such as: data analysis, assessing patient care needs, administering medications safely, documenting effectively and professionally, and learning how to maintain a therapeutic nurse-client relationship with effective communication in the presence of technology (Jansen, 2014; Herbert & Connors, 2016). Additionally, evidence shows that the implementation of AEHR in a simulation enhances the realism and depth of learning for students as it better mirrors the clinical setting while facilitating faculty assessment of student skills (Meyer, Sternberger& Toscos, 2011). Even though research demonstrates ample benefits to the implementation of an AEHR in nursing education, the Nursing Department at Fort Hays State University (FHSU) utilizes paper patient charts in practice scenarios and in simulation experiences. This researcher recommends the implementation of an AEHR at FHSU to promote aptitude of the EHR, giving more time to direct patient care at time of clinicals.



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