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Factors in integrating academic electronic medical records in nursing curricula: A qualitative multiple case studies approach

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posted on 2023-05-03, 23:33 authored by K Raghunathan, L McKenna, Monica PeddleMonica Peddle
Background: Academic electronic medical records are useful simulation-based educational tools that assist health professional students develop their skill sets for digital health practice. Despite this, their utilisation in pre-registration nursing curricula is uncommon in Australia and New Zealand. Aim: To explore factors surrounding integration of academic electronic medical records into pre-registration nursing curricula in Australia and New Zealand. Design: Exploratory qualitative multiple case studies approach with purposive sampling set within a larger research project. Methods: Semi-structured interviews conducted with course leaders from six nursing schools. Data were analysed in an iterative content-driven deductive and inductive process using open-coding and categories. Case analysis involved within case and cross-case analysis. Results: Findings revealed different factors that impacted the utilisation of academic electronic medical records in nursing curricula including factors influencing adoption, barriers and challenges with implementation, enablers for integration and perceived benefits for students' clinical practice preparation. Reasons for not using academic electronic medical records, barriers for implementation, and preparation of students for clinical practice in the absence of these simulation tools were also highlighted. Conclusion: Our findings suggest that use of academic electronic medical records in nursing curricula is still evolving and that their adoption and application within programs is not straightforward. While there are many factors unique to the schools using such resources, factors including decisions around curriculum incorporation, optimising available resources to support students' learning, and developing faculty capability to teach with academic electronic medical records were common considerations. Lack of funding and access to local educational tools were ongoing barriers for adoption. Further research examining curriculum timing and preparation, possibilities of partnerships to share resources, and evaluation in meeting students' needs is necessary.



Nurse Education Today



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ARTN 105626









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C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal