2020 SACAD Entrants

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Empirical- Graduate


Abstract Registered Nurses (RNs) make up the largest group of healthcare workers that use electronic health records in the United States, yet many nursing schools do not have electronic health record training in their curricula. An academic electronic health record (AEHR) used within the nursing curriculum will prepare new nurses to use electronic documentation in a way that will provide safe, quality care. To determine to implementing an AEHR in nursing curricula, a review of the current literature was undertaken in widely recognized databases. Social cognitive theorywas the guiding framework of this study. The purpose of study is to investigate and compare student outcomes before and after implementation of EHR training in curriculum This study uses a quasi-experimental design with first and second semester students enrolled in a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at FHSU. The control group (second semester) did not receive EHR instruction in their first-semester. The intervention group (First semester) received instructional session using and navigating in an AEHR in first-semester. Surveys showed undergraduate first semester nursing students who received AEHR instruction had increased self-efficacy and increased competency at clinicals compared to peers (second semester) who did not receive instruction. The results of this study indicate that the use of an AEHR in nursing curricula may be a more effective teaching strategy to improve students’ self efficacy and competency Keywords: Academic electronic health record, social cognitive theory, self-efficacy, and competency.