Assessment of Undergraduate Nursing Students' Attitudes and Perceptions towards the Use of Computer Technology in Healthcare Settings
Iris Journal of Nursing & Care
This work is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License IJNC.MS.ID.000561. knowledge, attitudes, and skills  . Having said that, identifying the variables that will predict informatics competency will help to develop appropriate strategies to prepare informatics competent Abstract The use of computer technology in nursing education and practice has grown exponentially. It has provided advanced opportunities for learning and in the practice of evidence-based nursing care. The
... rsing care. The study aimed to assess the attitudes of undergraduate nursing students at King Faisal University in Saudi Arabia towards the use of computer technology in healthcare settings. Using a non-probability sampling method, one hundred and fifty (150) nursing students of first, second and third year were selected. The data were collected using the Pretest for Attitudes Towards Computers in Healthcare (PATCH) Assessment Scale v. 3. Significant finding demonstrated that only a small number of students (7.3%) had a very positive view of the potential use of computer technology in the healthcare. This finding indicates that undergraduate nursing students have limited computer exposure as part of the curriculum and may not be adequately prepared to work independently with the computers in the workplace once they graduate. Nursing programs should integrate specific software within BSN curriculum to help beginning nurses to work in an environment that increasingly relies on computer technology for patient safety.