Effectiveness of Screen-Based Simulation as a Strategy to Improve Nurse Practitioner Students' Access to Electronic Health Records in Clinical Education
Computers, informatics, nursing : CIN
Learning to use electronic health records is essential for family nurse practitioner students to inform practice and clinical decision-making. Limited access to electronic health records during clinical training can lead to suboptimal use. Academic programs often rely on healthcare organizations to provide opportunities for students to learn electronic health record skills. However, clinical experiences are highly individualized, and students may not have access to electronic health records. Alternatives are needed to develop this critical competency. This study compared self-reported ratings regarding comfort and access to electronic health record documentation between students who participated in screen-based simulation and students who completed traditional clinical experiences with a preceptor during the last 70 hours of clinical training in one family nurse practitioner program. There was a significant difference in electronic health record access between students who participated in simulated versus traditional clinical experiences ( P = .002). There were no significant differences in ratings of comfort using electronic health records between groups. Both groups reported limited access to electronic health records in the first 500 hours of clinical experience. However, students who participated in screen-based simulation reported a quarter-fold increase in electronic health record access during their last 70 hours of clinical training.
Whitt, Karen J.; Pericak, Arlene; Allen, Cynthia L.; Knestrick, Joyce; Beebe, Sarah L.; Braungart, Carol; and McNelis, Angela M., "Effectiveness of Screen-Based Simulation as a Strategy to Improve Nurse Practitioner Students' Access to Electronic Health Records in Clinical Education" (2023). GW Authored Works. Paper 3318.
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