TRAINING AND EDUCATION FOR A BETTER IMPLEMENTATION OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY. A STUDY WITH NURSES AT UNIVERSITY OF BARCELONA
Universitat de Barcelona (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Appears in: INTED2011 Proceedings
Publication year: 2011
Conference name: 5th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 7-9 March, 2011
Location: Valencia, Spain
Many countries are introducing the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in their health systems, although very few had completed this process. The process of implementing ICT should be considered from the perspective of the end user of the tool, in this case nurses. It should be take into account the training, before, during and after the implementation of these devices.
To achieve optimum training levels, strategies must be implemented in order to enhance and encourage the use of applications that help professionals to understand the usefulness of them. In this sense it seems reasonable that the training has to be done at the University, during the formative period of the nurse, but also later during the professional stage because these tools and devices evolve and are incorporated in healthcare organizations a long time.
Certain skills are required in order to manage the knowledge in this scenario. This is one of the professional barriers that manifest themselves in relation to resistance to the implementation and effective use of these new technological tools.
The elements of most concern are, in general, about the skills necessary to manage the device, knowledge, organizational factors, etc.
These issues may be overcome through the training. Appropriate training should allow a better distribution of care times of nurse and will provide quality care and work in depth the concept of teamwork in order to achieve objectives.
The ICT will be increasingly relevant and influential in the different fields related to health sector. The training of professionals in this field will be a key element in their professional development. Nurses committed and with high formation levels may provide a better service to the users of health care systems.
Aim: Know the specific training received by nurses to use ICT.
Design: Descriptive cross-sectional observational study.
Sample / Participants: The study sample consists of 113 nurses in Catalonia (Spain) that uses ICT in 2010. Inclusion criteria: Nurses who have used the tool at least during 6 months preceding the data collection and wanted to participate in the study. Exclusion criteria: Nurses in internship or in international mobility programs. The sampling technique has been convenience.
Preliminary Results: The 80.4% of nurses have received specific training to use ICT and 19.6% no.
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Keywords: Education, training, nursing, implementation, information and communication technology.