Integrating informatics into undergraduate nursing education: A case study using a spiral learning approach

Siobhan O'Connor, Elizabeth LaRue

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Abstract

A gap in informatics expertise amongst nursing students, practising staff and faculty has been noted globally, which reduces the potential for nurses to utilise technology to enhance patient care. National nursing education strategies and recommendations from professional associations have identified digital health as an area that needs investment. This case study describes how health informatics is being integrated into a Bachelor of Nursing programme in the United Kingdom. An international collaboration with a US-UK Fulbright Specialist Scholar enabled individual learning units corresponding to key health informatics competencies to be designed and incorporated into a pedagogic framework grounded in the spiral learning approach. This approach is proposed as one way to integrate informatics into nursing education, so students can become competent clinicians that are able to deliver technology enabled care in the health service.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102934
JournalNurse Education in Practice
Volume50
Issue number102934
Early online date2 Dec 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021

Keywords

  • Digital health
  • Informatics
  • Nursing education
  • Technology

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