Presentation Title

Nurses' perceptions of the Impact of Electronic Health Records on Clinical Decision-Making

Start Date

April 2020

End Date

April 2020

Major Field of Study

Nursing

Student Type

Undergraduate - Honors

Faculty Mentor(s)

Kathleen Beebe, PhD and Patricia Harris, PhD

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

The electronic health record has become an essential platform that evolved rapidly over a short period of time and now serves as a primary way to use and communicate health information. It is being used all around the world to communicate health information among various health care professionals, track a patient’s progress, and trend lab results, with the objective to ultimately enhance patient outcomes through improved safety and quality of care. Although it is recognized as one of the most rapidly growing areas in health today, little is known about the ways that nurses’ use of the electronic health record systems influences their work processes. Ineffective documentation continues to be a major cause of adverse events for patients, and this is primarily due to the lack of decision-making on the nurses’ part (Tower, Chaboyer, Green, Dyer, and Wallis, 2012). It is important to understand how nurses’ use of the electronic documentation systems influence their work processes, as critical thinking and decision-making are complex and significant factors in the nursing process. This study aims to explore nurses’ perceptions of the impact of Electronic Health Records on critical thinking, clinical decision-making, and ultimately the quality of care for hospitalized patients in this technologically advanced age.

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This presentation was accepted for the Scholarly and Creative Works Conference at Dominican University of California. The Conference was canceled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic

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Nurses' perceptions of the Impact of Electronic Health Records on Clinical Decision-Making

The electronic health record has become an essential platform that evolved rapidly over a short period of time and now serves as a primary way to use and communicate health information. It is being used all around the world to communicate health information among various health care professionals, track a patient’s progress, and trend lab results, with the objective to ultimately enhance patient outcomes through improved safety and quality of care. Although it is recognized as one of the most rapidly growing areas in health today, little is known about the ways that nurses’ use of the electronic health record systems influences their work processes. Ineffective documentation continues to be a major cause of adverse events for patients, and this is primarily due to the lack of decision-making on the nurses’ part (Tower, Chaboyer, Green, Dyer, and Wallis, 2012). It is important to understand how nurses’ use of the electronic documentation systems influence their work processes, as critical thinking and decision-making are complex and significant factors in the nursing process. This study aims to explore nurses’ perceptions of the impact of Electronic Health Records on critical thinking, clinical decision-making, and ultimately the quality of care for hospitalized patients in this technologically advanced age.