Computer Competencies in a BSN Program

Lynne Ornes, University of South Carolina - Beaufort
Carole Gassert, University of Utah

© Journal of Nursing Education 2007, SLACK Inc.


Beginning nurses need informatics skills to work efficiently in an environment that increasingly relies on information technology to promote patient safety. In addition, a federal order mandates that all Americans have an electronic medical record by 2014. Nursing programs must integrate informatics content into their curricula to prepare nurses to use information technology. This article describes a baccalaureate (BSN) curriculum evaluation of nursing informatics content. Results can inform faculty about strategies that can strengthen informatics competencies.